I learned the meaning of anticipation early in life. My brother and I would spend countless hours talking about the morning when Santa Claus would finally arrive. This little, backward girl from Birthday Delivery re-creates this memory of sending up wishes to Santa.

The inspiration for this card was from the challenge going on over at Just Add Ink. We were asked to use a birthday set for Christmas. I often use a combination of sets for one project, so this was a “must do” challenge.

In addition to Birthday Delivery, I used a Celebration Times Thinlit, which cut the gifts (birthday) from Whisper White cardstock. I stamped it with “Merry Christmas” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes” stamp set, so there would be no mistaking. It was backed with Sending Love Designer Series Paper from Valentine’s Day, matching the Real Red card base. The little girl loved her stuffed toys (I still find them hard to resist), so she is clutching her favorite Christmas time gingerbread boy. He and the gum drop paper are from last year’s Candy Cane Lane DSP. The pretty, white, floating wishes are made by Celebration Thinlits.

I enjoyed combining birthday elements with Christmas, and it made sense to me. Afterall, Christmas is Jesus’s birthday. It was later in life that I learned the real pleasure in anticipation, and how looking forward to something can be just as exciting as the actual experience. So, high-five to the memories, high-five to the here and now, and high-five to those plans in the future!