Epic fail and a very memorable Christmas card

If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this epic fail post from yesterday. (and I'm loving the comments I got on Instagram!)

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I have really outdone myself this time. I splurged for the nice double-sided photo card from Minted.com and I even had our envelopes custom printed with our return address. I was so proud of myself for getting a Santa picture to put on the front and coming up with a nice collage for the back that included pictures of our missionary. The cards arrived today and I spent the afternoon sealing and stamping each one. When I had about 20 left, I noticed that I never changed the family name and it still said Merry Christmas from the Miles Family just like the example card. Wow! Epic fail!!!  Oh, and I can't ask for a refund because it was totally my fault. I think I shouldn't be allowed to be in charge of this project anymore!

I seriously cannot believe I did this! I actually did change the name when I first started working on the cards, but I think in all the switching around of designs that I did I just lost track and somehow missed that detail. To make matters worse, I skipped the proofing because I was sure I didn't need it and I was feeling pressed for time since I was ordering our cards later than usual. I would hope that a full service proofer would have noticed that our last name is really Nelson and not Miles.

Needless to say, I won't be making that mistake again!

Of course, when I first realized what had happened I gasped and felt just sick about it. Then I laughed! Then I told Alex and showed him the card and he laughed so hard he could barely breathe. Then I posted about it on Facebook and on Instagram and many people laughed with me! My husband couldn't believe I posted it and that I would be so open about the whole thing. I told him that I'm glad I can laugh at myself and that I knew others would get a kick out of it.

I still wasn't sure what to do with all of these cards, especially the ones that were already sealed and marked with postage? I got thinking that it would be funny to still send them anyway and my friends on social media agreed. My hubby was not as convinced - especially since about 50 of the cards were going to people that we know through more formal and business type situations. He was very sweet about the whole thing, but didn't want to send greetings from the Miles family to everyone on the list. We came up with a compromise. I ordered 75 new cards that are correct (while he was looking over my shoulder - lol!) and we will use those for those contacts that wouldn't know about the error. Then we will send the others out as originally planned. Most of our friends and family know about the goof-up now and want the Miles family cards for the giggle anyway. I'll put notes in a few of the other cards and we will just call it good. 

I will definitely be using both versions on a scrapbook page to document the whole experience. One thing is certain, I'll never forget this year's Christmas card!

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