Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Ending my Christmas card procrastination.

Well before sunrise Wednesday morning, I crawled out of bed and tottered down the stairs. I listened to the drip-hiss of the coffee as it percolated, filling the kitchen with fragrant steam.

I pulled out a TV tray and organized my supplies. Photos — check. Cards — check. Pen, stamps, address labels, functional pen — check, check, check and double check.

It was 5 a.m., and I was on a mission. Quick black strokes appeared on dozens of little cardstock squares.

“We hope 2008 finds you healthy and happy!”

Lick, seal, stamp.

“Hope you are well, and we look forward to catching up soon.”

Lick, seal, stamp.

“How’s the baby? Hope 2008 is full of joy.”

Lick, seal, stamp.

And then it was done. I for the first time in 10 years, I finished before December 25th. Heck — for the first time in 10 years I finished before February 25th.

Thanks to a spreadsheet, mail merge, mailing labels, and a set of rubber stamps, I finally sent my Christmas cards out at Christmastime.

Article © 2007 by Stacey Duck