White shirts. Jeans. Santa hats. The beach.
I bet you have taken a picture like that before, yes? Have you got one hanging on your wall?
If the answer is yes, them there’s someone you need to meet. Mandy Nolan is judging you, because she thinks that the standard family Christmas card shoot is lazy. Not quite as lazy as the card she refers to as “I remembered your address and I bought a stamp card” – the one that you got at the post office and only scribbled your names in. But pretty lazy all the same.
Because Mandy does this every Christmas:
You get the idea.
No plain charity cards. No white shirts. No paper hats. Full-on costume-party drama.
That stuff takes effort. That stuff takes planning. That stuff takes coercion.
Listen to Mandy talk about it on Mamamia’s podcast for parents, This Glorious Mess:
For most of us, even sending ordinary Christmas cards seems like an overwhelming act. Getting people’s ADDRESSES? Hand-writing an update of what everyone in the family is up to? Striking the right balance between smug and humblebrag?