Christmas Photo A Day, December 18, 2014

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Most years our Christmas card is hand made or one of my own photos. This card was before Photoshopping was even an idea, kids! I had to pose Arlie and myself, shoot, drive to the store to drop off the film, wait for it to get developed and printed, drive back to pick up prints, drive home, and then place our cut out figures onto the finished gingerbread house that Arlie and I made;  photograph again, drive to the store again, develop and print again. Yup. The good old film days. (ca. 1990)

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42… A Christmas Post.

42 is the ultimate answer to the question of LIFE, the universe and everything. It is part of my life—my email, my website… AND, it is also how many days are left until Christmas!

This little refresher from Christmas Past….

Well, darn. The slideshow loaded so nice on preview! Click on THIS LINK —> 2013-12-Dec 1 (43 of 58)

I am making my list and checking it twice….

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CLICK ON THIS LINK to see Christmas cards—–>20101214-2010 December-60  

Flat 4×8 photo greeting cards can be customized with these photos— (and almost any other photo on my site; just please don’t make cards with photos of identifiable people, unless they are YOUR people, ok??)

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20 cards— $20

50 cards— $50

100 cards — $90

 

 

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December 24, 2012 Christmas Photo a Day

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Merry, happy, peace and joy!

NEWS FLASH!!!

Everyone may not be aware, and so I just wanted to remind you that THIS YEAR, Christmas is on December 25th…. Yes, the 25th of December is CHRISTMAS this year, that comes directly after the 24th…

Really. It’s one of the last hold-out, non floating holidays …(Halloween having given up the gh0st in so many localities, we have New Years, the 4th of July and Christmas holding onto the outdated tradition of being celebrated ‘on the day’, so to speak.) Therefore, it will be held on a Sunday this time around.

Now, I realize it’s a sneaky  little holiday—there are, after all, no signs stating such an event is on its way, nor advertisements alerting you; heck there aren’t even any special songs to remind you or anything, so I just wanted to provide this little PSA…. Smile

Black Friday. While I Red heart what I do, pardon me if I am less than enthused to be coming to work at  O’Dark Thirty and keeping a Laughing out loud on my face all the live long day, while you hold me personally responsible for being out of the widget de jour…especially, if while you are looking down your nose at the shop “help” you can’t stop texting Mobile phoneor calling friends to complain about how utterly horrid your EXTRA DAY OFF has been because all the goodies you wanted were gone…because it isn’t my day off, and I won’t get an extra day off and I won’t open my check to find hazard pay on it, either!

See, the thing is, it isn’t even the WORKING—loads of people are working on holidays— in hospitals and airports Airplane, factories and newspapers, IT help desks  and and and… But it’s just the same as any other work day, except they get holiday pay, or time and a half or triple time, or extra time off, and more than the just over minimum that is offered to seasonal retail workers.

It’s the tone of the people you are interacting with—who any other day may be polite and gentle, who may hold the door for someone, or let someone with only a few items get to the register before them.  Who upon arrival at the parking lot begin to behave like hungry piranhas, refusing even to yield a gap in the driving lane to let a car out of a parking space Auto, so sure that someone may be trying to beat them to the deal. The season of Peace and Joy, indeed.

Be alerted also that many, many people consider the 24th of December a holiday, too. Retail does not. Those elves busy filling your stockings at the register on December 24th are not being treated to a paid (or unpaid) holiday. They are scrambling to come up with something at the last minute, to fulfill  orders not due till early January, to prove to the person you are trying to impress that you are, indeed, Santa.

The retail world thanks you.  

About Turkey Day  This links to a blog I wrote two years ago for Thanksgiving. There isn’t much I can add to it…

CHRISTMAS PHOTO A DAY…. Starting up again on DECEMBER FIRST… are you signed up to my photo blog? Do you want to receive these images daily to your email? Have you liked my Facebook page? Are you on the list and you want to be removed? (sniff  Sad smile )   (Contact me to be added or removed)

My photo website—  ALL images Camera are available for purchase, and make wonderful, unique and personal gifts.

This year, I have a selection of Christmas images for personalized Christmas cards!

My Etsy site—   This year I have a few different little gifts Gift with a bow available for sale.

What is left to say?

BE THANKFUL.

EAT WELL,

HAVE LEFTOVERS,

AND MAKE MEMORIES…!

December 22

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As a child, participating in the writing of Christmas cards was an honor. Not something done on your lap during commercials, Christmas card writing was a very carefully laid out ritual. Joseph and I vied to be the one to lick the stamps or return address labels, or to stuff hundreds of cards into envelopes (image side up, closed side into the envelope first) or mark off in the address book as a card was addressed each year.

Every year when Grandma wrote out Christmas cards, she sent one to Sr. Mary Gertrude. She was one of my grandmother’s teachers, back in the late 1920’s. I never met Sr. Mary Gertrude, but every year, she wrote back to Grandma. ThenI began a few years long tradition of making her chocolates and shipping them to Immaculata, PA.

This continued until  Sr. Mary Gertrude died.  A few years after Grandma died, I graduated high school, and I began sending one of my high school teachers a Christmas card every year. Sr. Concepta and I corresponded yearly, via Christmas card, for about 15 years, until her death. I still have her cards around here somewhere. I treasure them.

Now, with the internet, and free long distance, and Facebook and email and Twitter and texting, there are not a lot of people that you only connect with once a year. But at this time of the year, I look forward to the now traditional color photo copy of a cousin, his children and grandchildren; of another cousins incredibly active eighth decade, and of the variety of holiday greetings, be it a singing email, a dancing reindeer e-card from Hallmark or the thoughtful note jotted onto a bit of stationery.

And while my Christmas card marathon writing session WAS in front of the television, and I AM sending you this virtual plate of cookies, possibly instead of a card in the mailbox, I hope you know that my warmest wishes for the most special of Christmas’s are not in anyway diminished by the method of delivery.

Enjoy your holidays, and thank you for all you give me all year long, in friendship, and encouragement and positive thoughts.

Merry EVERYTHING! (and don’t worry…there are still a few more days of photos coming!!!)