As I’ve been browsing the internet, this holiday season, I’ve been seeing a million posts about what family Christmas letters SHOULD say or showing pictures of Christmas card fails.
They all make me laugh, but the truth is, a few months ago, when trying to figure out what photo to use for our Christmas card, I decided to go with a real shot, because, getting four kids to “smile pretty,” all at the same time, is a daunting task.
I don’t know how people do it.
I imagine it takes some pretty creative bribery.
Because, for the most part, my four are never smiling at the same time.
So, we went with this:
And it turns out, that as much as people say, “Oh, I wish people would be more real with their holiday cards,” in reality…
…it just confuses them.
I thought we were being funny.
The grumpy kid.
The choice of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” underneath the grumpy kid.
The “Happy Holidays from 83% of the Bozza Family” to take the joke a little further.
Don’t get me wrong.
Many people laughed and loved it.
And then, we got a phone call from a relative, asking if we had some news to share.
We were completely confused, and then we realized they thought I was pregnant and the 83% was an indication that there were more children to come.
Then, I got questions about the math.
“Amy…it should 75% of the family…only one of the four kids are grumpy.”
Yes, I know…but it’s about 83% of the whole family.
“Amy…you know it’s not exactly 83%, right?”
There were also flat out, “I don’t get it” responses, and “I don’t like it. Holiday cards should be cheerful and joyous. He’s going to be really mad when he grows up.”
However, the one that got me the most was the person who said, “I LOVE it! How will you ever top it next year?”
Because that sounds vaguely like a challenge, and now I gotta top it.
But for now, Happy Holidays from our home to yours…
May the majority of your family all be happy at the same time, this holiday season.
And if they aren’t?
Run with it.