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Christmas care package: the sentimental stuff

In case you missed yesterday‘s Christmas care package post, you should know that Christmas and Hanukkah simultaneously exploded in my apartment during the marathon few days I spent creating Jonathan’s care package. Partially because I was overcompensating for sending him emails filled with possible gift ideas, most of which were cat sweaters.

Lessons learned: If your deployed soldier does not find cat sweaters adorable and funny while he is stateside, he also will not find cat sweaters adorable or funny while he is deployed.

Although this care package (like all my previous ones) was concentrated in baked goods, I also wanted to find a way to send some Christmas spirit to Afghanistan without also sending diabetes. To do so, I enlisted the help of Jonathan’s nieces and nephews (and of course his sister and sisters-in-law) to send his family directly to him for the holidays.

Postcards from the kids

Christmas postcards from the kids. Much easier than actually shipping his nieces and nephews to him. Also less illegal.

As much as I’d like to pretend I came up with this myself, I found the idea on Spoonful. But since Spoonful is apparently operated by Disney, and I’ve spent a huge amount of my parents’ and my money supporting Disney for the past 25 years, I’ll go ahead and take a little of that credit back.

The great thing about this project was that it gracefully walked the line between sentimental and entirely-too-cheesy without falling overboard. And also, through the modern magic of smartphone cameras and computers, I was able to include postcards from Jonathan’s nephews who are as far away as Georgia. The kids all drew pictures or Christmas cards for Uncle Jay, and their moms were kind enough to forward them along to me. The Spoonful directions include dimensions and instructions to give the employees at Kinkos when you hand the next part of the project over to a paper-copying professional, but I’m not even sure where there is a Kinkos near me, and working for a magazine has made me really great at paper things (and nursing paper cuts), so I decided to go full-on DIY. Once the pictures were scanned or downloaded, I popped them into a word processor so I could force them all into a uniform size.

These kids are definitely better artists than I am. Also worth noting: Jonathan's nephew Ty's picture was titled "Iron Man fighting a zombie arm." Perfect.

These kids are definitely better artists than I am. Also worth noting: Nephew Ty’s picture was titled “Iron Man fighting a zombie arm.” Perfect.

Another reason I liked this project was because it incorporated all the craft skills I learned in kindergarten, except I’m way better at them now.

Postcards prep

Look at how evenly I cut that cardboard. Mrs. Belsey at Carpenter Avenue Elementary School would be so proud of me.

Postcard result

Easy as pie. Except that making pie is actually much more difficult than gluing paper to cardboard. And much messier, too.

Scrap yarn always comes in handy.

Scrap yarn always comes in handy.

So now that the sweet stuff and the sentimental stuff is covered, stay tuned for the final four gifts. None of which are cat sweaters. (Spoiler alert. Sorry.)

0 thoughts on “Christmas care package: the sentimental stuff

  1. I am so excited for more cat sweaters!
    Also, what an adorable idea. I may or may not have lost all of my kindergarten aquired skills.

  2. As someone who basically lives her live ensconced in sentiment and meaningful holiday things, I loveloveLOVE that you did this. Seriously. So thoughtful. Best fiancee ever award.

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