I've noticed an increasing trend of only putting kids on the holiday card, which bothers me. Mostly because it seems to make more tangible this idea of losing your identity to the process of child-rearing, or of saying, "this is what truly matters" and taking yourself out of the picture. I enjoy so much more when the whole family (especially dogs and cats and various critters) are featured, too.
Something that has always bothered me is the lack of diversity in the card offerings. Not race as much as age and relationship status/family types, since they are doing a great job with representing a variety of ethnicities. I'm seeing more and more same-sex couples with children, and single parents.
The biggest change I saw this year though, thank heavens, is the inclusion of more people without children. There's always been young couples who've just been married, and of course the horrid pregnancy-announcement-holiday-card, but on Shutterfly I saw middle-aged couples without kids, couples with dogs, and a single woman with her dog. HALLELUJAH! I saw a couple where the man had a hearing aid visible, which was lovely too. And some older couples who did not have a bevy of grandchildren with them -- older couples that seemed to be without kids.
It is about freaking time.
Representation is important in every sense, and it has felt very much like "these cards are not supposed to be for you, what the hell are you doing here?" in the past. I got a National Wildlife catalog and they are now doing photo cards that support their work, but ALL OF THE CARDS HAD KIDS. Which made me titchy.
So imagine my happiness to see such a diversified set of families featured on Shutterfly! (TinyPrints, you have some work to do, even though you're related.) And, couples without children were labeled "The ___ Family!"
I know not everyone WANTS to do photo cards, and cards in general seem to be falling out of fashion (which is sad and indicative of the end of civilization I think), but everyone should be able to see themselves in something you create to wish others well at the holidays. If you want to do a card, you should be able to envision yourself on an example without erasing tiny humans from the picture. It should put the message out there that you are worthy of a photo card, too. That it's perfectly acceptable to have a photo card with you and your dog, or you and your significant other and cats.
So appreciative for these very easy fixes that have been a long time coming.
Yes I love this, photos cards for everyone! Can't wait to see how your cards turn out this year :)ReplyDelete
Just put my order in... :) I think it was the fastest I put it together.Delete
I'm sad that cards are falling out of favor. I am pleased the lens is widening to all manner of family representation.ReplyDelete
Yes! And yeah, I love when there's fun mail. Maybe with all the issues with social media good old snail mail will make a comeback?Delete
One can hope!Delete
Hi Jess, Dutch girl here. I am confused about the photo card in combination with family representation. My thinking is that a photo card is a photo of yourself / your family that you glue on a card , write some holiday wishes and send it to your friends? Preferably dressed in matching xmas pyjamas in fron of your xmas tree?ReplyDelete
yes, I do admit to living under a stone. I have not yet mastered the art of ordering a photo book, let alone a holiday photo card.
I will try to send some paper cards this year.
Hi Valery! So you can get preprinted photo cards that are a piece of cardstock printed with a variety of messages and photo arrangements -- you can put your messages in it and they come ready to address and send out. Usually people have their family photo shoot as the star, I'm glad to see that there's more different family makeups represented in the ads. You can go to shutterfly.com and see all kinds of cards. It's wayyyy less time intensive than a photo book, which I should really do more of. And oh yes, matching pajamas in front of a tree would be great! I should get us some. Glam pajama shot for the card! :)Delete
I'm one of the people who have let cards fall out of favour, and I am sad about it, especially as I printed my own cards from Christmassy photos (not people) in recent years and enjoyed doing it. I am very thankful though that the family-photo card tradition is non-existent here. I think I'd still find it painful.ReplyDelete
Yours, of course, I love!
Oh no! Send the cards, even just a small handful... there's nothing quite like mail that is personal and pretty. I think at this point family-photo cards make me saddest when they are kids who were born around the time we were trying and they are just so darn old now. I do love getting them, but occasionally there's one that slams you right in the chest. I do love funny ones though! Our cats feature heavily in this year's. :)Delete
I love cat cards! Did you know though that USPS announced they were not delivering to NZ (and about 20 other countries_anymore? Supposedly it is temporary, but good grief!Delete
I think you might have inspired me to send a couple of cards this year.
WHAT? oh no! How am I supposed to send you a card now??? That is such a weird announcement. YES! Send the cards!Delete