Let's face it. Everyone is good at something. Some people crochet. Some people play croquet. Some people sing karaoke. I make the worlds best Christmas letters, and everyone knows it, or they have failed to otherwise inform me.
This years letter was no different, except for one exception. As always, it was different than any Christmas letter I have ever done before or will ever do again.
Here's how it went down.
- Had a good year we could actually write about. This is key. If your year sucks, making stuff up is hard.
- Wanted a late 50s - 60s retro Christmas picture of the family. I love that time period, design wise. Racially, it sucked for many, but the men and women of that era look pretty damn good to me.
- Got 3D geek glasses at the movies.
- Shopped at Salvation army and Goodwill for props.
- Supplied many of my own items, too.
- Set up lighting in the living room.
- Photoshopped the resulting picture to add magenta tones, an unsharp mark, and some extra props and art that I could not otherwise obtain.
- Added historically correct technical information and album details to the images.
- Printed on full color and applied to both sides of a paper CD disc jacket.
- Burned 26 lovingly selected retro Christmas hits onto Virtual Vinyl, CDs that look like 45 records. A pack of 50 of these is $20.
- Made sure each sealed and addressed envelope was only 1 ounce.
- Mailed them to you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!