It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Added on by jessica klepac.

It's getting close to Thanksgiving, but I'm already thinking about Christmastime! This year my husband and I are traveling across the country (by car with our dog in the back seat ... eek!) to see our families for the holidays. It's been years since we've been back to Texas together and we have a little niece due any day now, so we're especially excited for this trip! The weather here in New York is already getting frigidly cold! Heavy coats, scarves and gloves are already needed... and this Texan still isn't used to it after 4 winters. So hopefully we'll get a little break from all that when we travel south!

During the last week in November every year, I always get this heart-warming, ooey-gooey, reminiscent feeling about my life. As I hope most Americans do, I reflect and realize how blessed I am. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for those close to you and for the life God has given you. And why not do that over a giant stuffed turkey? Everyone likes to chow down with their favorite people! It's the perfect American holiday.

Over the years I've gotten to know so many people by simply designing for them.  There have been lots of weddings, graduations, birthdays, new babies, parties... and I've gotten to be a part of them all in a small way. I truly am thankful for this work I get to do in celebrating people and their life events. And of course, during this time of year, I especially enjoy doing Christmas cards! I recently went through some old files and dug up a few of my favorites from over the years.  While I do like the designs, it's really the families in these photos that make the cards special. And I hope that's how the receipients of all these cards felt when opening them. A feeling of love and thankfulness.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and be thankful for those around you!