Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chatbooks though all opinions about designing your own holiday cards are my own.
They say is a picture is worth a thousand words and, as a writer, I believe it. 1000%. Though I am a woman of many words, I am visual whether that be held in my hands or born of my imagination.
Every year, I love to send holiday cards. For many reasons but mostly because I like to connect with friends and loved ones. I do the dance. I send a card and tell them a little about our year and they do the same.
For me, I tell people about our lives every day. It’s my job. I’ve made a career of telling the world what’s going on with me and my family. Really, nothing is off the table. Don’t believe me? Go check out my blog or my Insta Stories.
But that is not how the world is for everyone. While I do have a lot of friends who are bloggers because that is my field, I have a lot of friends and family who are not. They don’t read my blog. Whew;) They don’t put all of their wins and losses online. So we connect in person, at family gatherings, via a Great-aunt gossip line and through those once year holiday cards.
They say it’s the thought that counts and the older I get, the more I believe that. There is truly nothing that makes me happier than thoughtful surprises in the mail. It doesn’t need to be of high monetary value, what I love is a well thought out gift. My favorite is a card with photos and a personal inscription (hey and bonus points if there’s a mixtape in there or some of my favorite tea.)
My point is that if you care enough to sift through your pictures from the past year, write a heartfelt message and wish me love and happiness that means more to me than any store bought gift ever could. This is why I do it. I hope it means as much to you that I thought of you. That you are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers every day even when we don’t see each other.
This is why every year, I take a day (and honestly, with Chatbooks it was a matter of minutes) and sift through my cloud and find a few pics of my family to share with my friends. Not because we did anything special or my kids are particularly good-looking (though they are pretty stinkin’ cute) but because I know that I miss your faces and your children’s faces and I want to see them grow. I want to know how things have been going for you and what is new in your family’s life.
Sometimes space and time separate us from the people who mean the most to us. But space and time can’t stop that love we feel for them in our hearts. It can’t stop the ache to know those we love.
Life is busy for all of us. We all have places to be, things to do and people to see that are right here and right now. Sometimes it’s impossible to get to where we really want to be…home.
But, just because we can’t talk to the people that we love every single day, hug them and catch up whenever we want, we don’t have to lose touch. That’s what holiday cards are to me. They are an opportunity to reconnect with those I love most. It’s a way for me to let them know that they are in my heart.
It’s an opportunity to open up the lines of communication. You know sometimes, time passes so long that it almost feels hopeless to try to reconnect. You feel embarrassed to be like, “Hey, I know it’s been years but I just wanted to say hi!”
There’s no reason to give up. I know, personally, there is no statute of limitations on friendship for me. If we were friends, unless you killed my dog, we’re still friends…forever and you and your cards are always welcome in my life.
So maybe we can’t give a lot to everyone we want to this year but we can always afford to give a quick hello. And right now, using my special code, you can get 20% off of your holiday card order from Chatbooks.
It really is one of the easiest ways to create professional Photo Books albums and Holiday Cards out of your favorite social media pictures. It’s an amazing gift to give to loved ones or a way to physically keep all of your favorite memories in your home.
Holiday Cards are only $1 and you can order in packs of 20. The cards are made with premium and durable paper. Books start at just $10 – making them very affordable. Oh yes, I will be ordering a few. Did I mention how easy it was to create this year’s holiday cards? It seriously took me, from beginning to end, maybe 30 minutes.
If you want, you can subscribe to Chatbooks to auto-create and ship albums whenever you reach a certain number of new social media pictures. Then you will never have to worry about making the time again.
It’s so easy. Go here and click the link to order your cards now in time for the holidays.
Thank you Chatbooks for sponsoring this post and for the first time, in a long time, allowing me to get my holiday cards out before Thanksgiving.
What are you waiting for? Order your holiday cards using my 20% off code Deborah20 and send well wishes and love to all of your friends and family.