We love Christmas cards!! So we make sure to send them out every year because honestly, who doesn't love receiving cards? Especially as new home owners or newlywed's. Putting cards on your shiny new refrigerator is like... YASSS!
We get cards from Matthew's family, a few from mine, and some cards from friends as well and I keep them on the refrigerator as long as there is room. So sometimes until like October of the next year. Is that trashy? I don't really care. 🤷🏼♀️
Anyway, in true Alaina fashion, I sent out our Christmas cards on Christmas Eve 😂
Now before you point fingers...it was not my fault. It was a whole mess of confusion, false hope, the postal service failing me, and lot's of bright and early phone call's made just to ask if the mail arrived yet.
Sending out cards when your SO is deployed really shouldn't be a challenge. Here is my suggestions up front...BUY you Christmas sign on amazon or on target.com BEFORE your SO deploys. Stick it in their bag and tell them not to toss or lose it. Simple as that. Click here to grab yours now.
So here's where I went wrong. I sent Matt the other half of my sign on Nov. 3rd. That's it. That's where I went wrong...lol Sending something to an APO. He never got it...shocking right? Shipping to an APO sucks!
Being the confident and trusting people we are, we held out hope that it would arrive and figured the holidays might be holding it up. After all, Matt works for the postal service when he's not in uniform so we were trusting the process. One day, 2.5 weeks before Christmas, Matt got a package and I was so excited. Turns out it was his new debit card that I had sent him because their was fraud on his old one...WHY couldn't it have been the damn sign? Forget the debit card.
So two weeks before Christmas I asked Matt to write "Christmas" on a piece of cardboard or something 😬🤷🏼♀️ At this point I literally didn't care about my plan and how cute I wanted our card to be. I just needed his photo so I could order our cards.
Instead of writing on a piece of cardboard like I suggested, he recruited some crafty women in his unit to help him create a sign. How sweet right? And yes, I literally couldn't trust him more so the fact that he asked some women for help didn't bother me one bit. Were better at crafts anyway, lol. He strung the sign together with zip ties (so rugged right?) and 💥 boom! This is what we got. (He sent his photo to me 2 days before Christmas 😂)
Even though our signs don’t match, I LOVE IT, because Matt put so much work into it. He also stood outside in the rain, proud as hell, with his Christmas sign and smiled even though he was probably just as fed up as me with this whole production.
So I'll say it again... buy the sign before he leaves to avoid late Christmas cards!! You'll be glad you did.