Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lowered Expectations

"Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year." 
~ Victor Borge

Writing Christmas cards once a year shouldn't be that big of a deal, right?  This is something I normally look forward to but this year, it's proving to be a major chore.  The problem is, I sent the Best. Card. Ever. last year and there's no way to top it.  I'm not trying to be boastful, it's just that I had SO MUCH FUN sending out last year's cards that no matter what I do now, I know it won't measure up. 
 
So I lowered the bar.  I chose an average picture, uploaded it to Costco's website and called it good.  Yesterday I picked them up.

When Cory got home from work he saw the stack sprayed all over the counter and with a spring in his step said, "Oh!  Are these our Christmas cards?"  He opened them up and the enthusiasm escaped like a deflated balloon.  "Hm.  Not a very good picture of me."  Samantha headed over to see what the fuss was all about, picked up a card and said, "This?  THIS is the picture you're sending?"  Drew's turn.  He grabbed one from the stack, disregarded the picture and looked on the back for more and then asked, "Where's the comedy?!"

Now I know how Dean Cain feels.  Once you've played Superman, it's kind of all downhill from there.  One minute you're flying through the air with a hot chick tucked under your arm, and next thing you know you're guest starring on Smallville.  
 
Maybe next year my Christmas card will be awesome again - then Dean can talk about me on his next episode of Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

14 comments:

ganelle said...

It WAS pure genius. Sorry. There is simply no way to top it.

But this one has a beach - right? That's something, no?

just call me jo said...

You can't be spot on every Christmas...it's the darn recession. It's put a damper on creativity and humor. I swear! Still, I'm sure your friends and family will appreciate. bleh!

wjmom said...

I'm skipping the Christmas cards this year. But ours is gonna be one heck of a Valentine!

Lisa Loo said...

At least you made some. I can't even start because I know it will be such a failure....

And I think that if we were all a little more like Victor Borge...well...we would all play the piano better and tell funnier jokes. I heart him.

Heather said...

I won 2 blog contests (actually 4 in total, but only 2 relative to this) one was for a professional photo shoot! and the second was for 25 professionally designed cards....
Everyone got a nice picture, but our top 25 got a fabulous card, the rest got costco...
And only 40 get a mailed card, 75cents a card to Canada! Ouch!

Vern said...

Heather: What's your secret? I need to win something.

Vennesa said...

I remember your last year Christmas card post. It would be hard to live up to that one. Hilarious!

Patty Ann said...

Yep, some years are just like that. The best one I ever did of my kids was the one of their backsides. They thought it was hilarious, so that is the one they picked out for Christmas. There is just no telling what kids will think is good. Don't worry, if they hate it that much, than next year is a shoe in!!

the emily said...

I know, right? A few years ago I sent a picture with photoshopped sombreros on all of us (baby was even holding a photoshopped maraca) and it said "foley's navidad" (last name is foley). funny, right? no. HILARIOUS. and i have yet to send another card because it just cannot be topped.

Stefani said...

I'm always thinking about coming up with something unique and it doesn't always work. You know, the perfect balance of information and humor paired with a great picture... something not to formal and stuffy, but that shows who we are without seeming boastful or pretentious. We're really not that exceptional. I'll keep trying though.

Jill said...

What happened to the "I've gained more weight, Cory has lost more hair etc." Idea?

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Just read last year's card! HAHAHAHA! That is awesome!

I have totally given up on Christmas cards. Every year I say I'm going to do it, but my seriously disorganized tendencies get in the way. I've given up the charade of pretending it's going to happen. :)

Lorie said...

I say keep talking about your problems... that seems to be a winner all around. :)

Cha Cha said...

I had pledged that this year was going to be the year I did NOT send a newsletter. I pledge that every year. I was so close this year, but in the back of my mind I heard you and Jill complaining about a Family Christmas Photo Card you'd received that had NO NEWSLETTER, no NOTHING! So I hunkered down...and now you're telling me I could have gotten away with it?