Does your family send out Christmas cards each year? As I was growing up, my step-mom would gather the family together to snap a family portrait for use on a family Christmas card. She’d send them out to close friends with a letter documenting what was new over the last year to keep old friends in the loop. Often during the holidays, we’d get a few of those from old friends too.
Now most family cards are the same kind of idea: Get the family together, throw on perhaps an Ugly Christmas Sweater or festive hat, smile and take a photo – as illustrated by this random example I found on Google.
Sometimes families will get creative and do something fun for the cover of their Christmas card.
And sometimes, families get lucky and strike gold when they least expect it – as is the case with my pal Jen Crigger and her family photo from last year…
But what do you do when you’re single or don’t have any kids? I personally don’t go to great effort to put together a Christmas card each year… If anything, my attitude is “Well, if you’re curious to know what I’ve been up to, look at Facebook.” In this day and age, that really is the easiest way to keep up with anyone.
So what happens when a young man is told by his mother to stop drinking so much and start sending his own Christmas cards? This is the story of Reddit user johncessna, and the message he got from his mom.
“In 2008 my mom instructed me to “sober up” and send my own Christmas cards to family and friends. Here’s every year since, including the new one for 2014.“
Upon being shared on Reddit, these cards were a big hit. As with many things on Reddit, you can often learn things from reading the comments.
One user commented that it would be difficult to top this year’s one. Another pointed out how they got more and more elaborate as the years went on, to which Cessna (the poster) responded “and expensive (he typed, weeping over his melted debit card).” Reading further in the comments, you learn that the most recent photo had a surprising budget: “Final budget with lighting rental, props, food/beer for crew was like $750 something.”