"That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet." *

December 25th, 2012 12:18 pm by Kelly Garbato

After last year’s elaborate space pirates fsmas theme – complete with canine Firefly cosplay and a tree full of handmade pirate ornaments – I decided to take it easy(ier) this time around. (At least with the decorating. The baking is another story!) So this year’s fsmas card theme was a little rushed and last-minute, but awesome just the same: Carl Sagan. More specifically, Carl Sagan quotes.

Truthfully I just really, really wanted to use the starstuff quote on a holiday card. It’s my favorite and I get choked up and leak strange, salty liquid from my eyes every time I think of it. To think that our bodies – hearts, hands, heads – are constructed of the remnants of long-dead alien stars. Such a strange and beautiful and wondrous idea. Yay science! (Adam’s rib or fallen stars? No contest!)

This year, Mags served as our coverdog, both because she’s never been and, perhaps more importantly, her pictures came out quite nicely. This main card is the one I sent to friends and family but, as per usual, I made “alternates” for each of the dogs (and Lemmy too!). I can’t stand to leave anyone out and besides, I welcome the thinnest of justifications for spending the day with Photoshop. For each of the animals, I chose a different Sagan quote – mainly for consistency, but also because he’s an eminently quotable guy.

As much as I love how the main card came out, I think Kaylee’s is my favorite of the bunch. There’s just something about her face and the way she’s addressing the camera. And the apples and the apron! It’s all just too perfect. Like she’s ready to bake a motherfucking apple pie and you’d better get the hell out of her way. NOW PASS THE EARTH BALANCE PLEASE! and thankyouverymuch.

Finnick was surprisingly well-behaved during the photo-taking; turns out his fear of the camera almost dissipates when there’s food around. We dressed him in a pirate tie that we originally bought for the cat (OH THE SHAME!); it was the only piece of clothing we thought he’d tolerate. And he did! I might make him wear it 24/7 now, just for my own amusement. His look is reminiscent of Cartman the fetus salesman, I think.

And for Lemmy, I couldn’t help but make an extra-snarky version of his card, just because. (By which I mean, just because he’s been snacking on the garland and batting my ornaments off the tree all month. CATS.)

Unfortunately, I forgot to include each dog’s name on the card (doh! me) – but if you hover over the image or click through to flickr, they’re right there in the file names. Easy peasy!

 

2012 Holiday Card - Mags (Main)

“The nitrogen in our DNA,
The calcium in our teeth,
The iron in our blood,
The carbon in our apple pies
Were made in the interiors
Of collapsing stars.
We are made of starstuff.”
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2012 Message Label

(Against the backdrop of the aurora borealis:)

May your star shine bright this holiday season!
Best wishes from all of us in the Garbato-Brady Pack:
Kelly, Shane, Ralphie, Peedee, O-Ren Ishii, Kaylee, Jayne,
Mags, Finnick, and Lemmy (otherwise known as “The Cat”).

I printed these out on 4×6″ sticky labels and affixed them to the back of the main card.
Way easier than handwriting on 50+ cards!
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Ralphie)

“We are children equally of the earth and the sky.”
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Peedee)

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Rennie)

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Kaylee)

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,
you must first invent the universe.”
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Jayne)

“It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals,
to contend that only humans can suffer.”
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Finnick)

“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile,
merely indifferent to the concerns of such puny creatures as we are.”
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Lemmy)

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious.”
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2012 Holiday Card - Outtakes (Lemmy, snarky)

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious.”
(even cats!)
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Whatever you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, the winter solstice – happy holidays. May they be filled with joy, laughter, and all the vegan food you can eat!

 

* Emily Dickinson, quoted by Carl Sagan in Contact.

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