Happy Everything (a giveaway from Minted.com)

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It’s holiday card time! This year, for the second time ever, we’re making some. Because the good people at Minted asked us to. The last time we made holiday cards was the last time we celebrated Christmas. Roozle was 8 months old. The process of choosing them, ordering way too many, getting addresses together, and mailing them nearly sent us to couple’s therapy. We vowed to never do it again. It was the beginning of us rethinking Christmas and all the stuff that felt a whole lot too hard for something we didn’t believe in anyway.

I know that lots of people pull off a secular Christmas quite well, but we aren’t those people. We’re the all in kind of people. And for this one? We wanted all out. As the years go by, we become more and more confident in our decision to not celebrate the holidays and a lot more comfortable with everyone else celebrating something. We’re making it up as we go. There’s no tradition. There’s no pressure. Each year is new based on whatever we feel like doing or not doing. Oh, should we do cards this year for fun? Sure! Presents? Probably not! A dinner party? Okay!

So this year, we’re doing cards. It’s not going to ruin our marriage. It’s different. It’s fun. We’re not carrying the weight of all that holidays can mean and not mean and Where do we fit? and What do we think? and Oh dear this is way too much. Not this time. This time, we’re just going to have some fun and celebrate a bit with those around us.

To us, Christmas has become a lot like celebrating someone else’s birthday. It’s not your birthday, but it’s still fun to jump in for a bit and have some cake. Roozle is seeing it that way too. But the cake is really a decorated gingerbread house. So this year, we’re doing some cards. Because we can. Because we’re celebrating with you for whatever it is you’re celebrating. Because the winter is dark and cold here and can use some excitement. Happy everything!

Minted wants to help you celebrate too! Leave a comment about what you celebrate and how your traditions are different than what you grew up with for a chance to win a $50 credit to minted.com. I will randomly pick a winner from the comments. Don’t cheat. This giveaway closes next Thursday November 14th and the winner will be contacted by email.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are my own. I love opinions. 

Author: Casey

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