Licking A Christmas Card Problem

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - December 21, 2005
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As Karen Carpenter once sang in The Carpenters’ classic Christmas tune, Merry Christmas, Darling, “The greeting cards have all been sent ...” Well, not in my house they haven’t. That means increased holiday stress until that task is completed.

It’s a tradition that for some reason has wreaked havoc in the Nagasawa household. Reason being is that we send out cards that have a holiday photo of our two kids. My wife and I started this from when our son was first born 16 years ago and kept it up after our daughter arrived.

This gives family and friends at least an annual look at how our kids have grown. I just don’t think people appreciate what we have to go through to get them done. Before the age of digital cameras, we had their photos taken at one of those mall photo studios.

Now my wife is the photographer and the term perfect picture comes into play here, literally. First, she has to go out and buy the kids a “holiday” outfit to wear in the photo. I have to make sure the Christmas tree is up and decorated for their photo backdrop.

What should only take less than a minute ends up to be an hour since my wife reserves artistic license in the composition of the photo. By the time that’s done, they have to be printed out, inserted into cards and the envelopes addressed, stamped and sealed.

I “volunteered” to do the envelope end of the deal as I got into a discussion with my wife on who does what percentage of the holiday tasks. With only 5 percent of them to my name, I now had a job. I sucked it up and told my wife, “no problem” and enlisted the help of our 8-year-old daughter.

I was highly organized by creating an efficient assembly line. I did everything up to sealing the envelopes, which was my daughter’s job. Nearing completion, my wife came to inspect our work. I proudly pointed to the stack of completed envelopes, my wife asked why there was a stack of cards.

My bad. I guess I was supposed to insert the cards before my daughter sealed the envelopes. I think I’ll have my daughter seal the envelopes in January when I sit down to pay all the holiday shopping bills.


Ruth Nacion of the One by One Foundation has a program called the Little Keiki Diaper Outreach that provides diapers to homeless or finacially challenged families on the West side. The foundation also provides laundry washing and drying services:

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