BUT - that is where you are wrong! It's not so simple as buying the cards, running off labels, stuffing the envelopes, sealing, stamping and mailing.
No. Not in Gigi's world; where everything must be extremely convoluted.
Before anything Christmas-related begins; I must pull out this:
This is my Christmas binder. (No, I'm not insane! At least not certifiably). Inside this binder lists are contained. A Christmas card list, an Open House list, a gift idea list, a master gift list (from every year) that shows who actually got what; etc.
Now the Christmas card list presents it's own problems. Because there is the who gets the family picture card and who gets Man-Child's portraits (that are taken each year around his birthday for this express purpose) and what size (wallet, 5 x 7, 3 x 4, etc), and who gets just a standard card.
Last year (and this year) I consolidated the Christmas card list and the Open House invitation list (because the cost of the stamps for all this is astronomical and it seemed kinda wasteful to send them separately). This resulted in even more chaos.
So, I use a list like this:
Name/Address Card Invite Picture
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Smith Standard No No
Ms. Jane Doe Family Yes Wallet
Grandma Family No 8x10
Except my list goes on for at least three full pages and seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year. What can I say - we're popular(?).
In order to execute this plan flawlessly - you must have a system (hence the lists). So some people get just a standard Christmas card, no invite, no picture. (And yes, there is a reason for this - because I personally do not like to receive pictures of people I don't actually know. I constantly get Christmas cards of business associates families. These are people I've never even met or even talked too! Why would I want pictures of them?) Others might get a family picture card and a picture of Man-Child. And even others might get a family picture card, a picture of Man-Child and an invitation. And even other might just get a standard card and an invite.
So now you know why I was freaking out yesterday over the Christmas picture. Because it takes me literally, A FULL DAY to execute the system.
But you will be happy to know, that the system works and I am almost all done with the my Christmas cards/invites - I just need to finish the standard cards and stuff them.
So, yeah, after reviewing this post - I've decided that I might be a little bit crazy; but in a completely lovable way - right?