Our first year married I tried to do a Christmas card/family newsletter, I was lenient with my timing saying, "It's completely appropriate to morph it into a "New Years'" card/letter." But the next year I decided: forget all that. The holidays are just too busy to get that done. I don't want to be stressed out the whole time that my cards aren't sent out yet. So I decided that Chinese New Year letters were a much better idea and would leave my holidays more stress-free.
Flash forward a few years. I'm just not really got about follow through--with anything really. If you (or your mother) gave Jeremy and I a gift for our wedding--I'm sorry for not getting you a "Thank you" card, I really am--can I just agree to give you a hug when I see you in heaven and we'll call it good? Things printed, put in envelopes, individually addressed, needing stamps--I'm just not very good about it. I usually end up after step 2 or 3 and it's May already and I finally just say "forget it" until next year.
With the advent of the "green revolution" my situation has improved as it's no longer necessary to physically mail things, you can e-mail them (for cheap too) and it's all in the noble name of being ecologically minded; however I'm not really organized enough to have all my e-mail address books from my three e-mail accounts (y'know high school, college, and my grown up gmail account) consolidated into one list. So my point is: Here it is--if you are someone I know personally, consider this your personal family newsletter from me--with all the love and affection appropriate to the nature of our specific relationship.
This year's family newsletter was a lot of fun to put together. It was a collaborative effort between Jeremy and myself. Infographics are really big right now in design --probably because they are a lot of fun to make, and a reasonably fast project. Jeremy and I got a kick out of coming up with different items of family information that could be used, and how to use as many different types of charts and graphs as possible. And we even completed it without any cross words exchanged--though there were a few sarcastic ones, and a few really sarcastic ones. For your viewing pleasure here is "Our Family 2011" (click photo to enlarge).