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The Christmas Competitions

It’s that time of the year. The Holidays. The most wonderful time of the year. Right? Of course it is, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful. You know, the shopping, the traveling, the baking, the Elf on the Shelf bullshit. There’s a lot to get done.

For parents, the holidays aren’t simply stressful. Christmas actually includes its own small set of competitions in which parents battle against each other in a variety of events, including Most Creative Elf on The Shelf Ideas, Best Kid Created Ornaments, and Most Homemade Baked Goods. Luckily, the existence of Pinterest provides the perfect forum for pinning our personal successes in these events or for stealing ideas from other mothers if you’re not creative enough to come up with your own.

Check out the kid created (kind of....) ornaments we pulled off this year. I'm so impressed with myself.

Check out the kid created (kind of….) ornaments we pulled off this year. I’m so impressed with myself.

But amidst the Christmas Competitions, one event holds the highest reward. Can you guess what it is??? That’s right. Cutest Christmas Card.

Among the million and a half other things that parents are trying to get done during the holiday season, including beating up other parents in Best Buy to get the last Playstation 4 on Black Friday, every mother begins brainstorming her game plan for creating the cutest Christmas card possible. We begin our Pinterest research, we purchase props on Etsy, some of us even hire professional photographers. Maybe it sounds crazy, but like I said, this competition is some serious shit. Even those parents that post EVERY photo on Facebook resist the urge to post the Christmas photo until after their cards have been signed, sealed, and delivered.

Let me give you a little history on the Cutest Christmas Card event. It started as the Most Impressive Christmas Letter back in the 90’s. Parents would write a five page fucking thesis paper updating their friends and relatives on anything and everything that possibly occurred over the course of the year, including the fact that Susie was named Valedictorian of her high school graduating class and about how Johnny was playing quarterback for the Varsity football team.

Luckily, in this day and age, we don’t have time for that shit so we just try to take the cutest photo of our kid possible and upload it to a pre-made holiday photo card on Shutterfly.

I have to admit that I can’t help but participate in the Christmas Competition. And this year, I think I took that shit home. It’s only December 5th and I’ve already wreaked some serious holiday havoc around here. I had the homemade ornaments finished before Thanksgiving. I shopped online and crossed every item off my list last week. And just so you all know, the Cutest Christmas Card trophy might as well already be sitting on my mantle. It helps that I have the cutest kid that ever lived. Not that I’m biased or anything.

The Christmas card photo is SO cute, that I actually have to try really hard not to share it in this post. But just like all of the other crazy parents participating in the Christmas Competition, it’s almost against the rules to post the photo before it’s been mailed. So, you’ll just have to wait.

Here's a sneak peek of the Cutest Christmas Card photo. I should win this solely based on the fact that my toddler is wearing a tie. And looks damn cute in it, too.

Here’s a sneak peek of the Cutest Christmas Card photo. I should win this solely based on the fact that my toddler is wearing a tie. And looks damn cute in it, too.

Maybe next year, I’ll get really crazy and attempt to bring back the Most Impressive Christmas Letter event and challenge myself with writing a five page research paper detailing every milestone my kid hit over the course of year. Who’s in?

And while you’re waiting patiently and trying to contain your excitement over the anticipation of seeing my amazing Christmas card arrive in your mailbox, take a minute to follow me on Pinterest so I can steal all of your great Christmas crafty ideas. http://www.pinterest.com/thehonestmommy

Comments

  1. Ronan’s first Christmas I sent out little felt airplane ornaments. Last year (his 2nd) I bought the felt, cut about half into trains, printed up about 50 custom made adorable perfect cards and mailed one. 1. Uno. I only had one stamp and never did remember to get more. This year I didn’t even try (a small voice inside says “Do New Year’s cards!” but that voice is dumb).

  2. HAHA! I am the WORST with buying cards and not sending them. I swear, I have a desk full of birthday cards and thank you cards, but I never have stamps and then too much time passes and so on. I think I am this super thoughtful person because I always remember events and put the thought into purchasing a meaningful card, and then I almost always drop the ball on getting it into the mailbox.

  3. I love your ornaments! One of our favorite ornaments on the tree is a paper mache ball with our daughter’s birth announcement. No substitute for homemade.
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