Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la. la la. la. la.
(I sang it in my head a few times, the la’s should be accurate)
For the past few years, I have sent a SamSketches holiday card to family and friends. I started this because I remember watching for the mail when I was younger around this time of year to see what cards the mailman would bring to my home and the excitement I felt. After my mother opened an envelope of sometimes red, sometimes green, sometimes extra large, and I got to see them, (my favorites were the ones with glitter) they would then be hung around our living room. Above them would be a string of lights, that made each piece of rectangular art glow. As I’ve grown older, and consequently had much of my holiday spirit beaten out of me as a result of working retail for 10+ holiday seasons, I find that I miss the excitement of this time of year. It was with the hope of bringing to people I cared about this small bit of joy — going to the mailbox: bill, bill, bill, political mail article, credit card ad, bill, oh what’s this?! — that I first began my holiday card.
Three holiday seasons ago, 2012 marking the beginning, I ordered a mere 20 cards to send out to people. If I check my closet today, I could probably find some left over, because I did not have many people to send them to. I am glad to say that this year I have had to order 100 holiday cards. Not only that, but they will be going all over the country, and some to lands beyond. And not just to family, but to the people who have been following my progress, shared kind words of encouragement, and/or showed up to the events I have had the privilege of showcasing my work at throughout this year.
Over the entirety of 2014, I have been overwhelmed in the best way possible by the support so many have given me. It is the least I can do in return to give those with interest in it, a holiday card: covered in my art, filled with my words, signed with my name, sealed with warm thoughts of gratitude, and sent on its journey to their mailbox with a smile. From my heart to yours, happy holidays.
P.S. If you’re a person who falls into any of the categories of what I described above and you don’t think I have your address, you should supply me with it. I would love to send you a card, it’s just I also don’t love to come off as a stalker. I mean, I will if I have to, but I would prefer not to.