2006 Christmas Cards

Presenting the Kern Family’s 2006 Christmas cards…


This year we decided that we’d let Hope’s creativity be the source of inspiration for our Christmas cards to help give that extra special personal touch to this year’s cards. They ended up being a lot more work than we realized, but the end result turned out rather cute. We spent a few weeks since mid-November working with Hope so that she could draw things that relate to Christmas. We tried everything from Santa to snowmen and even Christmas trees. She insisted on drawing Santa Claus with what I call “bear claws”. We tried teaching her to draw fingers or mittens but one of the best ones ended up being a Santa Claus that looks like a close relative of Edward Scissorhands. Now we realize many of you are fans of Hope’s artwork and in case you wished you had received a different illustration, we decided to create the back so that it has Hope’s signature and all three illustrations were printed on the back. So regardless of which card you might receive you won’t miss out on seeing these cute little creations.

xmas-cards.jpgOnce we realized we were running out of time before Christmas I took the illustrations and went ahead and printed 50 cards and to add to the personal touch I let Hope sign all of the cards with all of our names. At first it was fun, she had fun drawing hearts or smiley faces along with everyone’s names. And then she got goofy and figured people might enjoy her vampire illustrations on the inside. After a few days I realized she was probably burnt out but with a little incentive to open a Christmas present early she finished them last night. Now I must tell you that if you receive one of the cards she finished last night she got really silly. She started playing tic tac toe and drawing santa on the inside. Every five minutes she was calling me over to take a look at the progress she had made – and a few times she just was in fits laughing saying “look Momma, this one’s hilarious”. So through all the torture of doing all fifty cards she managed to have a little fun.

And if for some reason you received a card where Hope was writing fast – you should be able to tell it’s from us. As usual I’ve included a letter from the family updating you on what we’ve been up to this past year.

Now if for some reason you didn’t receive a Christmas card then perhaps we don’t have your address. We did our best to get one out to everyone. But then again, I don’t think I could have managed to get Hope to create many more – I’m absolutely impressed that she could finish all 50! If we happened to miss you then you can check out the photos we took in flickr tagged under 2006 Christmas cards.

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December 19, 2006 - 6:44 pm

Jeremy - haha.. gorgeous cards. I love the use of the captions. =)

December 19, 2006 - 9:49 pm

Phyllis - Amanda, I’m pretty sure there are child labor laws that are supposed to protect her. ;o) Very cute- I’m sure they’ll be treasured by all recipients. Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2006 - 10:19 pm

Katie Simari - aww. that was a fun project for her, thats good, get her started early in the art biz. :) she’s got some talent for a 5 yr old! i mean, to come up with 50 ways to sign a christmas card, you know? that takes creativity! God bless her. I hope you and your family have a merry Christmas!

December 20, 2006 - 12:45 am

amandakern - Haha! And my students thought they had to do a lot of rough drafts, right. That’s it – I’m changing the projects so there are 50 rough drafts per project next semester guys. If a five year old can so can students, right? :o) JUST kidding. I must admit some of the funniest ones came down the home stretch when she started drawing crazy things like vampires, tic tac toe games and more santa claus’ inside the cards.

December 23, 2006 - 11:19 am

Aunt Deb - Our card was just lovely and what a sweet thing to have Hope do them all herself. I will treasure it forever. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!!

December 23, 2006 - 4:21 pm

Barbara Peterson - I’ll always cherish my card with me drawn with vampire teeth. I guess she’s been reading my ratemyprofessor.com page. But I can’t take it too personally with those Santa drawings. But maybe she misunderstood when you said Santa Claus and thought you said Santa Claws. Too cute. Have a wonderful holiday.

December 18, 2007 - 11:34 pm

2007 Christmas cards « Random Thoughts - [...] Last year we had a lot of fun making our own Christmas cards so we decided to take another stab at making new ones this year. Of course it’s fun to get Hope involved in creative projects and she certainly played a big part in this year’s cards. We decided to do just one version this year, though this year’s cards were actually MORE work than last years. The cards include a snowman made of buttons. Hope drew the snowman’s hat and arms, and insisted on making sure she drew an orange carrot nose on every snowman. [...]

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