Super Simple Silhouette Christmas Cards and The Absent Holiday Spirit
It is not very fashionable to admit one isn’t in the holiday spirit. As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is packed into Tupperware, there seems to be a widespread belief we should all be decking the halls and checking our lists twice, instantly transformed into a state of merriment simply because the calendar calls for it.
I admit I have not been feeling particularly holiday this season. Maybe it was the way the mild fall hung around my neighborhood so long, but I have felt myself standing in the drugstore aisles listening to Blue Christmas with the cold detachment of a scientist observing rats. I’m aware the holidays are swirling around me, inspiring peers and passerby with mirth, but I haven’t yet been moved myself. There was a moment yesterday, a Monday which turned into a day of fun without pre-meditation, when I spooned hot and sour soup, stopped to lean down into the fragrant boughs of Christmas trees for sale outside a bodega, and watched as an errant snowflake sat in the seam of Sebastian’s collar before melting. I felt a whiff of it then, but only for a moment.
There are some years when we jump to buy eggnog as soon as it appears in the deli aisle and plot the baking of Christmas cookies weeks in advance. Sometimes we have even been knitting thick, loopy scarves for loved ones since September. But there are other years when the magic of the season, for whatever reason, doesn’t come over us in quite the same way. I share my own feelings this year less as a whispered Scroogey confession, and more as permission, in case you need it. It’s okay to not be making wreaths, to not have started your shopping, to not even want to shop for presents because frankly, there are expenses more pressing. It’s fine. Maybe we’ll feel merry and bright in a couple weeks, just in the St. Nick of time. Or maybe, instead, we’ll find ourselves embodying the holiday spirit — which includes the seasonless sensation of gratitude, love, and wonder — on a dark evening in January. Whatever works.
Super Simple Silhouette Christmas Cards
The idea for these ridonkulously simple cards came from constant desire to make use of beautiful wrapping papers. I feel in love with the ones Snow & Graham put out this year and wanted to make simple and cheap Christmas cards and let the wrapping paper do most of the design work. Mine are the bare bones version, but you could easily dress yours up a bit with colored paper, pinking shears, stickers, glitter, etc. This is the perfect brainless craft to be endeavored while watching a movie that may successfully get you in the spirit.
Using a stencil (make your own by printing out free clip art and cutting out the image)or drawing freehand, trace the image you would like to appear in silhouette on your patterned paper. Cut out the image. Glue cut-out to the front of your postcard-sized notecard.