Christmas Cards in Costume

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Honky Tonk Christmas in Nashville, circa 1996

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I am not sure how we got started orchestrating these elaborate Christmas cards. I am not sure whose bright idea it was to rent costumes and ask a newspaper photographer friend to shoot us. But, I do know that we both really, really got into it.

Can you tell?

Take, the picture above. We always admired “the chicken car” that sat parked outside a business in East Nashville, the beautiful and historic part of town with its seedy, or should I say colorful, side. We lived over there for many years. So, on a fall morning in 1996, we stood by a busy road and posed. Who cares that people honked or wondered if Dolly was dating Dead Elvis. We were having a damned good time. (You should have seen my white boots!) And really, when you live in Nashville, shouldn’t this be your Christmas card?

OK, below is our first one. It has no real theme, other than it was the year hundreds (maybe thousands?) of balseros jumped into the oceans and headed toward Florida and Guantamo. OK, it may be a little inappropriate, but given the fact we met in Cuba, it worked. And, I really, really wanted to dress up as Marie Antoinette.

Christmas card, circa 1994

Dear goodness, we cracked up the entire time we took this photo. The idea of Bearded Dictator as Balsero made us giddy.

So, one year, we sent photos of ourselves in a Calistoga mud bath. Another year, in 2000 during the Olympic games in Sydney, we went to Australia’s version of Wal-mart and bought reindeer and elf hats, bought oranges and risked severe injury to bribe a pack of wild kangaroos to take self-portraits with us. Sadly, everybody thought the kanga was a giant rabbit.

We also dressed up as our version of American Gothic the year we moved to the great big woods — me in a fancy ’50s cocktail dress and work boots and the husband in farmer gear with hoe and shovel. Yet another year we were Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. I painstakingly made my rose headband using silk flowers and hot glue and actually thought I looked good with a unibrow.

And then we had Maria.

We had imagined that our Christmas cards would get even better now that we had a living elf, but we have slacked. Our photos have been mostly traditional — smiling family shots or fun collages featuring la nena. We aim for funny notes inside and that’s about it.

Christmas 2004

Our daughter is 7 now, and every year we promise ourselves we’re going to get all themey and costumey again, pero nada. These days, we are not the stars of the Christmas cards, but merely bit players.

Ah well, it was good while it lasted…and the truth is, the relatives would probably rather see Maria than us.

But, didn’t I make a fabulous Dolly?

OK, gente, let’s go. Share your creative Christmas cards with the Tiki Tiki!

Send photos to info@ tiki tiki blog dot com. We will feature reader Christmas cards in an upcoming post.

Feliz Holidays from Nashville, y'all!

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By Carrie on December 7, 2010 · Posted in the habla habla

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Tracy says:

You guys are hilarious and too much fun. I can’t get Carlos to dress up para nada, and we rarely remember to take a family photo at Christmas, or at any other time during the year. I’ve made a note to take one this year pero vamos a ver!
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Posted on December 8th, 2010

Tessa says:

I love the Dolly and Elvis photo! Please restart this tradition.

Posted on December 8th, 2010

Ana L. Flores says:

Dang! You put my creativity to shame. Or, shall I say, my total lack of one. If I woudl have read this earlier I would have been inspired to dress my husband up as El Chapulín Colorado, me as La Chilindrina, and I doubt my daughter would have gone for anything that wasn´t Jessie from Toy Story or a princess of some kind.

Honestly, the creative Christmas card tradition is very American. I grew up in Latin America, so never really put much thought or effort into it because it´s uncommon to have it. Maybe now that families and friends don´t live as close together anymore, the tradition is picking up more across the world.

Thanks for sharing your cards…they made me smile.
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Posted on December 8th, 2010

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Carrie says:

Good luck, Tracy. Show him our photos and he’ll see he can actually hide his face! That will help.

Posted on December 8th, 2010

Carrie says:

The husband has agreed. xo

Posted on December 8th, 2010

Carrie says:

I look forward to receiving your photo as La Chilindrina!

Posted on December 8th, 2010

NYCPatty says:

I LOVE your past Christmas cards! So awesome!

USA or Bust tube…just cracks me up!

You rock girl!

Posted on December 9th, 2010

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Posted on December 9th, 2010

Lisa Renata says:

Ay chica, you are just too too chistosa. Only you would think of such cool Christmas cards. And they truly are, wish I could see the rest you talk about. Ours have been pretty traditional all along, nothing to brag or laugh about. Sadly. Hehehe.

Posted on December 9th, 2010

Lisa Renata says:

That’s a thought, Maybe my hub will even do it. (If I let him hide his face, that is). Hahahaha. Good luck Tracy.
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Posted on December 9th, 2010

Barbara Garcia says:

Love the cards Carrie. Have you ever blogged about how you and your husband met in Cuba? I’m just curious because I met my husband in Cuba too!

Posted on December 10th, 2010

Carrie says:

The USA or Bust was totally the husband…Thank you!

Posted on December 11th, 2010

Carrie says:

Lisa, with your creativity, I am guessing your cards are more than that! If not, you have me beat on many, many fronts anyway!

Posted on December 11th, 2010

Carrie says:

Barbara, I did a quick search and didn’t see anything where I give details and I can’t remember for sure if I did write about it.
The short story is that we both were there for the Pan American Games in 1991, part of the first big group of American journalists allowed in after the Revolution.
The press all stayed at the former Havana Hilton.
We were introduced in the lobby the day I arrived, we hung out together during the three weeks and when I returned to Nashville — where I worked as a newspaper reporter — there were roses waiting for me. He lived in another state at the time. In April, it will be 18 years of marriage, a marriage my family insists was created by La Cachita herself because I had to travel all the way to Cuba to find him.

Y tu?

Posted on December 11th, 2010