Wait a minute…how did this happen? Today is December 22 and I forgot to make Mom’s Shutterfly Christmas gift. How embarrassing!
What makes this especially humiliating is that I took time to plan it out (in my head!) – I just never sat down to MAKE the thing! It was going to be so beautiful too. I was going to create a photo book featuring family images taken throughout 2009 – like the neighborhood barbeques, our trip to Disneyland, birthdays, Thanksgiving, those fun everyday moments around the house, even the new family cat.
And now I’ve run out of time. What am I going to do?
Okay, don’t panic. There’s got to be a way I can salvage my dignity and keep Mom happy.
What’s that? An IOU? But isn’t that for 3rd graders?
Oh, really? IOUs are perfectly legitimate for adults too? Especially during the holidays? In fact, they can be rather charming?
All right, if you say so, I’ll give it a try…
You know, this is really not a bad idea. Actually, I think I can get into this, and turn my holiday embarrassment into a holiday win.
How’s this for an IOU? I’ll print a letter to Mom, and tie it with a holiday ribbon to make it festive (or use a nice envelope instead). The letter will read like this:
I’m making a special photo book for you, and it’s almost finished, except for this year’s Christmas pics. So stay tuned…it’s coming any day now. Meanwhile, here’s a little preview (insert a few photos that will be included in photo book). Can’t wait for you to see it!
Lots of Love, Rachel
If you’re in a photo book pickle like me, I highly recommend the IOU approach. It will save you from stressing out, and will also keep the people on your holiday list happy. Do you have any IOU stories? Share them by commenting on this article!