The Life of Bon: Christmas Card Time!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Christmas Card Time!

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This month marks five years since I came home from Argentina.

I was in Argentina for 18 months.  Short enough time to never lose my strong American accent but long enough to get good and attached.  I cried buckets when I left and for months after I had returned to the states I yearned to go "back home" to Argentina.

I didn't miss the weather. (Over 110 degrees nine months of the year!)  I didn't miss the dogs. (Consummating like bunnies in the streets!)  I didn't miss the men whistling and yelling as I walked down the streets, "Rubia! Rubia!"  (They're hard up for blondes in those parts!)

I miss the people.  The meat-loving, siesta-sleeping, fun-loving Argentines.  I met some of the most humble, giving, and loving people I have ever met.

When I left I made a lot of promises to keep in touch with my friends.  I will write!  I will skype!  I will come back to visit!

It's easy at first, but gets more difficult as the years pass.  Somehow life gets busy and the relationships that once meant everything in the world to you are tough to maintain.

This year I really wanted to send Christmas cards to all my Argy friends.  For many, it has been months since I have heard anything from them, but at the very least I want to make sure I keep in touch with them once a year through Christmas cards.  Of course, then there's the added difficulty of printing cards, buying stamps that cost a buck a pop, mailing the cards, waiting for three weeks for them to find their way to Argentina, etc.  It sounded utterly exhausting to me this year.

In honor of my new goal to simplify I decided to try an online Christmas card.  That is where OpenMe comes in.  It's convenient, it's easy, and it doesn't carry any of the stress I usually associate with Christmas cards.

Step 1:  Pick your card from creative and fun options.  You can add a picture to make it a bit more personal or just keep it easy with an already prepared card.  There's a great variety of cards from sentimental to funny to even romantic!

Step 2:  Personalize!  Add your message and you can upload photos from your computer or even grab photos off of facebook.  So insanely easy.

Step 3:  Preview , inside and out.

Step 4: Send!  If you decide to send digitally you can send through email or post on facebook.  You can also set it up for days in advance.  The card I did was personalized for an individual but you can make a generic Christmas card and send it to all your friends!  And if email isn't your thing, you can have OpenMe print the card and sent it for only $4.

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  1. Hey Bonnie, this looks like a good idea. I have a friend who went to a foreign country for work and I miss her so much. The face that you can personalize the card is gr8. I'll try this out for sure :)

  2. Wow, this will come in so handy! You know I often put off doing the things like staying in touch with people I've moved away from.
    Heidi’s Wanderings

  3. This is fun! Will have to check it out since I'm spending the holidays away from home.

  4. This isn't a bad idea but I'm going to stick with the mail cards for now :)

  5. Love the pic of you and Jorge. Classic.

  6. This is a great idea! And I totally get it - I swear up and down that I'll keep in touch with friends from life-changing summer camps and conferences, but time and distance tend to make that real tricky for everyone involved.

  7. Such a convenient and adorable idea! Love it!

  8. We're going to Argentina for our honeymoon and this post just got me even more excited than I already am. :)

  9. How cute!! I love this idea!! Also, I totally must not have been following your blog when your were in Argentina... but I would swear I was at that time... so either I missed something or I wasn't around these parts yet. But it looks like you had an awesome time! And I'm sure they'll be more than happy to hear from you :)

  10. I've been home from my mission almost three and a half years, and you're right---some of my strongest relationships were forged there, but it is HARD to stay up with people (especially when, in my case, they live in a third-world country). Kudos to you for sending out Christmas cards to all of them! I've never done anything like that, but maybe I'll have to try and do something like that this year.