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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Card

Christmas cards are supposed to be sent out before the actual holiday so I'm a day late but hopefully not a dollar short. I've been a little behind with most things this holiday season, partially because I had trouble getting into the spirit until about a week ago. But one thing that I always do early is plan my Christmas cards. Why? Well it actually starts with a pretty crappy story. My family never really sent out cards growing up and I always wished that we had. So when I got my own house I wanted to start that tradition myself. One day a few years ago I was mentioning to someone before Thanksgiving that I had to get moving and send my Christmas cards out. I will never forget her reply.....why are you sending out a Christmas card you don't have a family?

I won't lie I let this bother me for a while. But then I realized she could go and shove it because what I did have was a home. A home that I like to fill with love and laughter and food and good times and people that mean a hell of a lot to me. I also have the best dog in the world, Miss Austen, who keeps me company, gives me kisses every morning and loves me no matter what stupid thing I ended up doing that day. I may not have anyone to share it with right now but I hope to one day. Until that day, I'm going to look forward every year to planning my Christmas card and sending it with love to the people who matter most. Just because my life isn't wrapped up in a bow that someone else thinks is right I won't let that hold me back from creating traditions of my own.

Here are some great shots that my friend Jeff took for this year's card. You can see which one made the cut above. I'm taking the rest of the year off to relax and recover from the craziness of the holidays, but I'll be back on January 1, 2014 with an all new 2013 wrap-up post and my hopes for the new year! Finally, I want to say thank you to all of my readers for your support of Austen Hill. It means the world to me. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are planning a rockin New Years!

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