It's a dying art form.

I'm a member of a dying breed.

I still send out - GASP! - paper Christmas cards.

In the mail.

With stamps.

On the Pony Express.

Ok, I guess saying I "still" do it is a little misleading.  I actually only started it a few years ago, after zj was born, in order to have an excuse to send out yet another pic of my cute kid to those relatives and friends who didn't have internet access.  Yes, they still exist in the world.  And my back woods redneck family boasts quite a few of them.

This is zj at almost two.

Pretty cute, huh?

Anyway, it used to be fairly easy.  When zj was a baby, and even a toddler, he was pretty willing to smile at the camera, baby!  Cheese for Mama!  and I could usually get a good shot or twelve.  He was Pavlovian in his response to the flash.  

However, once I added cj to the mix, it got decidedly less awesome and more like herding cats.  

But still, I soldiered on. 

Every year around November-something, I break out the Santa hats and the good camera, down a couple stiff drinks, and try to get a picture of both of them looking at the camera at the same time.

This year was my third attempt at such a feat, and it still hasn't happened quite like I would like it to.

Every year, I say never again.

But then come November, the urge to yell at my kids for 3 hours while they are wearing a Santa hat and I am wielding a camera hits and hits hard.

So I'm never gonna say never.

What about you?  Do you send out Christmas cards?  Or is it just me?

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