Holiday Cards: Parents Gone Missing!

We’ve identified a trend in the holiday photo cards that have been filling our mailbox: a noticeable absence of parents! And it’s not because we have sooooo many friends who are childfree. Nope. It’s because those who are parents opt to put their kids front and center on their cards and take themselves out entirely.

We can’t help but wonder: what’s up with that? While we’re happy to see the kids in these families, it’s the parents who are our original friends in this equation. It’s not lost on us that their figurative disappearance since they’ve had kids is so accurately represented by their literal disappearance from their holiday greetings.

We think our own version of such a card would look something like this:

holiday card 2014

Ok, actually, that’s pretty awesome, if we do say so ourselves.

But we’d like to think our friends and family take as much interest in our lives as they do Crazy Baby’s. Likewise, we’d like to hear from and see our friends who have gone the way of parenthood every once in a while. Sure, their kids are cute (as is Crazy Baby, of course). But having kids shouldn’t mean you no longer have an identity of your own. Why not include the whole family in next year’s holiday photo?

4 Responses to Holiday Cards: Parents Gone Missing!

  1. Dee January 23, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    I said the same thing about my friends’ cards. I find it really annoying that they only include photos of their kids. In fact, I decided to send out a photo card featuring four!! pictures of me and my husband at different places we visited around the world this year. One of my child-free friends said she would be sure to post our card on her fridge 🙂

  2. Cat January 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    My nan arrived a couple of weeks ago and when I got to the house said that she would get her iPad and show me photo’s of my cousin’s kids, ‘they’ve grown, they’re cute’, etc, I said no thank you nan, I’m fine, she tried again, I said no again. No mention of my cousin, and if there was a photo it would only be one or two. At least this time I wasn’t stuck commenting on their clothes or the decor, which is what I took notice of last time, not the kids.

  3. Melanie January 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    My husband and I say the same thing…we want to see what our friends look like not just their kids! We appreciate the cards that include a family photo and then a few extra pics of the kids. I don’t know what some of my husband’s friends even look like…just their children!

  4. Cat December 29, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    My stepmum received a Christmas Greeting from two friends of hers, and it is a photo of their five kids. I was looking at it and thinking the same as you. Where are the parents? It is not the kids who my stepmum knows.

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