In my defense, I wanted to write little personal notes in each, but it was too ambitious, too time consuming. Time is not something I have a lot of these days.
Lately, I've been taking a lot of pictures. It started when I got a smartphone, and I discovered that I could take pictures and email them to flickr, right from my phone. I started a flickr page then and there. Because I am who I am, I ended up getting more ambitious and bought a nice digital camera and started going to town with the photos. They all end up on that flickr page.
Because almost every picture I take gets posted, I needed to upgrade to a pro account, and when I did that, they gave me some free mini-cards. From there I got the idea to make a bunch of notecards with one of my photos, and send them to my family and friends.
Then I had an even better idea: there's a company who will print your custom cards, and even mail them out for you. Sweet.
Just one problem: I needed a good photo. All of mine are of things that I've seen lately and places that I've been. And my cat. None of them were really any good for a holiday card, so I had a bit of a photoshoot today.
My inspiration was kind of a deconstructed menorah. I took 9 candles, and arranged them on my coffee table. I tried to take pictures of them from different angles, but there wasn't much that I could do with my pretty distinct lack of talent. I did take some other shots with fewer candles, but I really hope that one of my "menorah" pictures works out. I feel like that would be a good compromise and transition between my two holidays. Plus, I really don't want the message of my "Christmas" card to be "Hi. I'm Jewish now". It's just not the time or the place for that, especially for my mom.
All I want is a pretty card that lets my family know that I love them and that I think about them.