Christmas Card Retrospective 2006 – 2009, aka “the Really-Big-Pictures” years.
OK, well, I lied. But not intentionally. 2006 was not a really big picture. It was a really bad picture. I look like an 80’s rock star. A male one. Dave looks like an ax murderer. But the kids looked OK, I guess.
I’ve never understood the photos of just kids. All you people who just send photos of your kids. You drive me crazy. I want to see YOU! My friends! And compare age lines and gray hairs.
You take all the fun out of Christmas.
Or maybe you are just scared of sending a bad picture. But when you got people like me, willing to send out photos like this, how bad can it be?
You probably can’t read the notes, which is probably a good thing. It was just supposed to be my “to do list” starting in November and going into December, all the while trying to find a good family photo. You know, to justify my sending out cards with the photo I used.
Anyway, let’s not belabor it. It was a miss. Let’s move on. Things do get better.
2007 was a great picture. I couldn’t recreate that if I tried. It was just a self timer on a hike in Wyoming. Dumb luck. I think it’s my favorite photo. There’s always a lot of yelling at me as I situate the camera on some wobbly rock or stump and run back to get in the picture. They just don’t realize how talented I am.
I had moved on from writing new lyrics to just picking sort of a “theme song” and wrapping the letter around it somehow. This letter is probably one of my top three personal favorites. As I sit here typing this, I can remember the very conversation I was speaking of. So in case you were wondering, yes, it was alllll true.
2008 was another self-timer, summer vacation, family photo. A true miracle of epic proportions. We were in Glacier Park at the top of a mountain at a tiny lodge that you can only hike to. I had just dunked my entire head into a glacial stream to cool off. And my hair dried like that! If that isn’t a miracle of epic proportions, I don’t know what is.
And now for the letter. My all-time favorite letter ever!
It was brilliant. A work of art. But here’s the sad part: not everyone received it. The Chief Controller, deeming it too sensitive for the general public — and even some of our members — withheld it from select recipients. So reading it here is actually, I don’t know — maybe against the law? It’s like WikiLeaks!
Seriously though. He took the letter out of some people’s cards. …But you’ll read all about that in 2009. I really don’t give the guy a break ever. Poor Dave. And I really mean that. I’m a true trial.
But a fun one.
2009 was a cool picture just by accident. Who knew regular old white lights would look like THIS out of the camera?!
As you can see, I stole the format from the 2007 card. I figured no one would remember. Of course that was before I ever thought that I’d have them all lined up in a row on a blog post. Oh! The things we can think!
And to think this all started with the Fiesta Movement. The blog, I mean. Not Christmas. 2010’s cards brings that full circle. But you will have to wait until Christmas morning to open that package!
Tonight is a special night for quiet and rest. For snuggles and love. For peace and forgiveness. For unto US a CHILD IS BORN!
Merry Christmas Eve!