You TOTALLY Want My Christmas Card

Remember last year how I told you all of the reasons you do NOT want our Christmas card and why it would be just wrong to send one out anyway???
(Seriously, I just went back and read that post and laughed/cried hard)

Well, this year you TOTALLY want my Christmas card!!

WOOO HOOO!! Β Yes, you can get on the Coleman list and get a Christmas card from us!

Well, 200 of you (in the U.S.) can get one… the rest will just have to settle for receiving it via email which is in total violation of my personal Christmas Card policy, but oh well.

REALLY TRULY I have Christmas cards this year and not only am I going to get them in the mail… (wait for it)…

I am putting them in the mail BEFORE Christmas. Β I promise! (Yikes! I just promised!)

Come on, this is BIG! Β My last official Christmas card went out in 1996 the year Leah was born. That’s FOURTEEN YEARS ago! You see certain comets more frequently than you see a holiday card from us.

Check it out!

Ya know, I think I can handle this whole Christmas card thing, I’ve set my own standard. I’ll just send out Christmas cards every 14 years. I can handle that.

Happy Holidays!!
~Rachel

P.S. Mom, you really ought to put your name and address in here so you get a Christmas card from me. I know, I’m lame. But, I’m okay with it.
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It turns out The Coleman Christmas Card List was THE list to get on this year. We blew through 200 entries before I got Lucy on the bus this morning. I’m sitting here at the kitchen table licking envelopes and putting the stamps on. (I know you thought “my people” were going to do this for me… how many times do I have to tell you I don’t have “people”) so yeah, you even get the bonus of my saliva. (shudder)
Hugs to all of you who missed out… even better than hugs, here’s a “stocking stuffer” to get 15% off your order at www.signingtime.com and www.signingtime.ca
Through December 31, 2010 use Coupon Code: coleman

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About Rachel Coleman

The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Rachel now serves as the Executive Director of the American Society for Deaf Children, a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1967 by parents of deaf children. ASDC is the American Sign Language organization for families who are raising deaf children. www.deafchildren.org Motivated by her child, Leah's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 18 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: ASL Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at www.mydeafchild.org. For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on www.SignItASL.com. Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Salt Lake City Utah. They are parents to Leah who was born profoundly deaf, and is now a senior in college at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and recently graduated high school. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old.

116 thoughts on “You TOTALLY Want My Christmas Card

    • Oh I ordered a few extra incase my immediate family members didn’t think this actually applied to them. It does apply to them, by the way. I think it’s a freaking brilliant way to get their addresses in a database. You should see me trying to figure out those Avery label printer forms… yeah right.

  1. We’ve loved Signing Time for some time now, but I only just discovered your blog today! I’ve been stuck at home sick today, and I ended up reading all the way back to 2008 in your blog (so far, lol!)

    My girls, Brooklyn & Charlotte, will be absolutely blown away by getting mail from THE Rachel πŸ˜‰

    Kudos on getting cards out this year! I’ve only managed it once so far in my nearly 6 years of motherhood.

    You were always “cool” in our book because of Signing Time, but now reading all the amazing things you do for your family and other people, and whenever I see you mention breastfeeding, home or natural birth, etc., in this blog I realize that you’re full-blown Awesome Sauce πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you’ve decided to share that with us!

    Much love to your beautiful family <3

    • “Awesome Sauce” LOL I love that. Yes, we are a coven of home birthing, co-sleeping, sling wearing, long nursing, harmony singing, video producing, song-writing, sign language wielding fools in my family.
      Sorry you are sick. I have been sick for almost 2 weeks, it’s the pits. Glad to provide some light reading material for you though. Feel better and you’re gonna love the card… (wink) If you know what I mean.

      • I have to agree with this poster. I LOVE it when I see you mention breastfeeding or other AP type stuff! I read a lot of AP resources, and some “special needs” resources, but I don’t find a lot of overlap there. If you know of good special needs resources that lean AP, I’m all ears!

        With love from this tandem nursing mommy πŸ™‚

        PS – I’d send you a card back, if I knew where to send it!

        • ok, I didn’t make the list. πŸ™ Can you see my sad sad face. However, and I don’t usually read comments, but I saw AP and I got all giddy inside.

          Rachel, we LOVE you in our co-sleeping, baby wearing, breastfeeding, loving home! All of us, hubs included. You are “AWESOME SAUCE!!!”

  2. Oh, how totally appropriate that I was just kicking myself for staying up this late addressing holiday cards and BAM!, I see this post pop up. HUZZAH!

    I just got all teary watching Lucy get Jack all over again. And then failed miserably at my attempt to add a 6th part to that harmony.

    • I love how Leah plays the perfect β€œbig sister” letting Lucy know that if she needs help naming the bunny she has some β€œsuggestions” – ah life! I’m entering the lottery for The Canyonlands Half-marathon in March. Are you still threatening to run with us sometime?

  3. Wow! Staying up late might have paid off tonight! To think a year ago, I didn’t know anything about you & Signing Time. I started watching with my son Arlo in May when he was 15 months old and you have really become such a big part of our lives. We sign all the time & sing your songs – Arlo walks around signing & declaring,”I’m a boy!” and going through the colors of the rainbow. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our lives!

    • Yes, the Night Owls win tonight. Welcome to the Signing Time family. How did you hear about us? It’s funny, some people think we are so tiny and niche and others think we are world famous. (We are neither) Just doing our thing. I think the name Arlo is adorable:) Glad you found us. I hope you stick around!

    • I dare say you are in the clear. Most Signing Time fans are in bed because they are parents of little ones and they are just worn out. Some of us can only get things done at night. So we stay up late stealing minutes from our sleep time and regret it in the morning. Either way… you are getting a Coleman Christmas card!

  4. So if I make copies of your Christmas card and send them out, do I get half credit? LOL We have NEVER sent out cards, so once every 14 years is better than our record! The picture of you with the cards is completely making me crack up though!!

    I wish I had half your motivation, Rachel. I know you notice all the things you don’t do, but wow, all the things you DO do just blow me away. Truly. Merry Christmas!

    • Nah, I think that’s cheating and I think it would be really confusing to your friends and family. Not sure why I find that photo so funny, but I’m with you. Aaron said, “is it weird that you are on our bed in the picture?” LOL Me: “Umm, honey is it weirder that I am sending 200 Christmas cards to people we have mostly never met? ” Seriously… shall I continue to list the weird here?
      Well this is a special year for us and it seemed right to mark it with a photo and a holiday greeting to the people we love and those who love us.

      • We are ALL your Family in Spirit Rachel, you continue to inspire, motivate, captivate and amaze us with you, just being who you are.. You may never meet half of us, but that doesn’t mean that we are not all with you, behind you and in your Corner for what you do for everyone especially, the ‘little people’. You are an integral part of many, many Families and the focal point of many, deep and meaning full ‘Daddy and Daughters’ time (well, for me I mean..).

        So I’ve already wished you Happy Everything, but I will again and always will!

        Happy Everything πŸ™‚ Rachel!

        RR

  5. We all adore you and yours in this house! Now I must go buy a new Signing Time video to go with your Christmas card…my daughter will be so thrilled!!!

    Because of your talented family, my 4 year old bounces up to play with kids who sign, or use walkers or wheelchairs. Because you are our “TV friends,” she sees a broader community wherever she goes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  6. Wow, there is a benefit to just finishing my 8th petti-tutu after tying them since 10am. Aerowyn will be so excited to get something from her “friend Rachel.” I didn’t check any of the boxes because I already have all of it, including master certification that I will eventually use if I ever find the time alongside my other two businesses and raising an active almost 3-year-old. And to think, this is the first year in maybe 14 years that I’m not sure I’ll get a Christmas card out. I’m shooting for New Year’s :-/

  7. Rachel,

    We’re a new Signing Time family. Autism brought us to sign language which brought us to you all. We Love Signing Time! Our little boy is communicating with us more and more. His OT and Speech therapists are amazed at his signing and his words. Plus he’s picking up more subtle stuff like conversational back & forth and enjoying watching kids playing. Lots of good stuff right now and you all are part of it. thank you.
    love & light & a very merry christmas!
    Jenni

  8. That’s true (although the confusion would be really funny to me, but I’m a dork like that). Anyway, if nobody knows it’s from me, I don’t get credit, and if I have to call everyone to explain, then I might as well just make my own! Yeah, I think we’re just going to let it go again this year. LOL

  9. Hi Rachel, I hope your Holidays are wonderful. I know your just a wonderful person. I wish I made it to your Seattle even with my nephew,he is 8 and told me that he is too big for signing time. I still get a feeling he will always be a fan of yours and of course so will I lol. I think you sending out Christmas cards is wonderful. Thank you so much.

  10. I am giddy about getting a Christmas card from the lovely and talented Rachel Coleman and family! πŸ˜€

    First, you follow me on twitter and now I am getting a Christmas card… best week ever!

    -FragileXDad

  11. How exciting is this!? You are the biggest celebrity in this house. My daughter has Down syndrome and nothing holds a candle to you. NOTHING! The beauty of it all is how you have made signing so much fun and so easy! I have enjoyed watching and learning from you myself. I recommend your DVD’s to everyone–social workers, therapists, friends, co-workers, random strangers….seriously, after this Christmas we will have all the DVD’s you have done. I have seen the benefits of signing and am so grateful to have a way to talk with my child who at this point is mostly nonverbal. Thank you for all that you do. Maybe we will get to meet you in person someday! I hope a new DVD is in the making! Merry Christmas Rachel!

  12. Oh how we would all love one =) Especially my son! Not sure if I made it on the list but Merry christmas to you all! =)

  13. Hi Rachel- I’m completely inspired by your beautiful family. As a chorus teacher whose daughter was born deaf, I felt that you were a “kindred spirit” who had to live with the irony that your daughter could not hear the beautiful music that you created. My daughter also has physical disabilities, so I was a little jealous that Leah was just deaf (because the only thing a deaf person can’t do is hear πŸ™‚ When I read Lucy’s story and especially “Strong Enough,” I bawled of course, but found great strength in knowing that there are really no limitations to what a mother can do for her children to make their lives amazing, fulfilling and joyful. Thank you.

  14. Oh, I am totally thrilled! Aniras (20 months) will be SO excited to receive a card from “Ray-del” in her language! Thank you & Merry Christmas!!

  15. This is great. I’m actually contemplating finding a buddy walk that you are going to be at for a trip for my little one next year. She signs aunt when you come on and you are definitely her favorite person on tv.

  16. Love that you are doing this – my daughter (3.5 yrs) has autism and Signing Time was huge in helping her say her first words. We listen to your CDs in the car and enjoy all your videos – she’ll be thrilled to get this card (as will I.) Thank you for all you do for your fans!

  17. Rachel, My brother is 45 yrs old and deaf since birth. Against professional advice, we all learned some basic ASL when we were little. When my son was born 6 yrs ago, he couldn’t talk. Autism. Desperate to reach him, talk to him, hear from him, I began teaching him ASL. Again, against professional advice. I discovered Signing Time. We bought DVDs every chance we could, we asked for them for every b-day and holiday. Slowly, eventually, words came. To this day, I credit ASL with unlocking his words. The name sign given to my son by his deaf uncle is a “J” signed at the lips, since ASL unlocked his voice. We are so passionate, that we appealed to his pre-school and they got a grant and purchased the entire Signing Time series… and all students are still benefiting from Sighing Time today. John is a 100% verbal, 1st grader now, who just made all As and 1 B on his report card. Thank you Rachel, we all adore you and mostly, we are grateful.

  18. Ok, my daughter is going to be so totally thrilled about this!!!! She has been a huge fan of Signing Time since the beginning and carries around a picture of her taken with Rachel at Wrightsville beach in August. (we were the family in the Hopkins shirts- my son helped w/the Colors of the Rainbow Song and my hubby did Silly Pizza song w/you, & my 8 yr old daughter was just stiff with excitement when it was time to meet you afterwards!!) What a wonderful Christmas present this will be for her…I am going to have to make copies and laminate it, b/c she is sure to lovingly mutilate the original!!! πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays to the entire Signing Time family!!

  19. Hi Rachel!

    I just read this blog and got all excited, but missed the fine print! I noticed afterwards… But hey- they sent Oprah down here, you’d think the mail men could manage a card. Just kidding- I’m totally fine with it…

    This country sucks! (Just kidding.)

    Love ya. xo

  20. Can’t wait!!! Every year I buy them; every year they get packed in our Christmas stuff and put away. I could open a Christmas card shop! I did learn not to buy any with the date on it however. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family . You truly are a gift to us.

  21. Can’t wait to get our card! My son just loves watching the videos that come up on Nick Jr, always yells “Ray-ray!” when he sees you. He’s slow to pick up on signs, but it’s great occupational therapy for him!

  22. I’m not sure what my daughter will be more excited about, a card from you( if I made it in time) or the new Signing Time DVDs she’s getting. Thank you for being a part of our lives!

  23. Thank you so much for the Christmas card! My daughter will be thrilled. She loves you and Paula Deen! LOL She was estatic to receive an autographed photo from Paula this summer and the card will be just as coveted!

    Thank you for sharing your lives with us! My daughter is hearing, but her best buddy is not and your videos have helped them communicate in the past 7 years!!! I was able to get these when my daughter was an infant and she still watches them today.

    Blessings this Christmas and all year long!

  24. Merry Christmas to you! I do so want a card too, please, please, please. You already know how much your Oklahoma “family” loves you.

  25. Hi Rachel,

    Since you are sending us a Christmas card, I just added you to our list. We’ve been signing for 6 years now (CP) and your videos opened up our daughters world. We are forever grateful. We hope you come back to Carnegie in NY again so we can see you again and be part of your rainbow. Merry Christmas to you and your amazing family!

  26. My son LOVES you! He signs “signing time” more times in a day than I can possibly count… and we are ALL for it! He has learned so much from you! We are forever grateful for your amazing videos! Thank you… and Merry Christmas!

  27. I just added my name for my kiddo. She would think it so awesome to get a Christmas card from Rachel. She is always telling me that I need to send you a tweet and ask you how to say a certain word in sign language. She cracks me up. She recently took her Signing Time – Storytime in as her Share item on Share Day. The teacher LOVED it. Her teacher aide is teaching them some different signs every week because she took some ASL courses and Lorelli thinks it is AWESOME that she already knows what the aide is teaching them!!!

  28. Thanks for doing this… you’re going to make 200 people really happy! I left Hannah’s name instead of my own. I think she will be excited to get a card in the mail that’s addressed just to her. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  29. Very neat idea! We’re doing a bloggy Christmas card exchange, and that little handy form would have saved me alot of trouble!

    The girls have been into getting the mail each day so this will really make their day. Braska will probably sit for hours and just look at it, in between flipping through her Signing Time flashcards, studying her Signing Time board books, while wearing her Signing Time t-shirt (autographed…thanks again!), and watching the fave of the week, “RAINBOW!!” aka Favorite Things.

    Now we’re off to preschool, listening to Signing Time CDs on the way. I just love it when someone says, “Hey, have you heard of Signing Time?” πŸ™‚

  30. Just signed up my daughter, who will most likely faint if she receives one in the mail. She writes letters (which we haven’t mailed…where to send?) to your girls and has been asking for years when we are going to Utah for a visit.

    She hasn’t grasped the whole, “Honey, we don’t actually know them” concept yet. This will surely blow her mind.

  31. Since Signing Time is who helped give my one daughter her “voice” I had to put my name down. That was 4 years ago. She is 5 now and just an incredible kid; completely bilingual. ASL and Signing Time have done wonders for her.

    I, myself, have about given up on attempting cards for the holidays. Maybe I’ll give it one more shot…

  32. I went back to last years Christmas card post and watched Lucy getting her bunny and I cried:-) Sooo cute!
    And you are all CRAZY people being up at 2am!
    And I feel like a crazy stalker person for wanting one of those cards, but really it would be more for my kiddos who are huge fans of Signing Time (and I’m not a crazy stalker person:-).
    Merry Christmas to the Coleman Family!

  33. It’s morning and I don’t see 200 comments yet, so fingers crossed!!!

    My daughter has Down syndrome and Baby Signing Time has been such a blessing to our family. I still get super-excited every time she crawls up in my lap and signs milk when she wants something to drink. Just recently we’ve graduated to Signing Time videos. Some little girl in our house is getting 7 of them for Christmas…shhhhhh, it’s a secret.

    Thank you, Rachel, for what you do! Have a blessed Christmas!!!

  34. I can’t believe I missed out! That’s what I get for staying up late with a book instead of a computer. So sad. Well, hopefully I’ll at least see an e-version.

  35. HOW DID I MISS THIS?! I might just cry. I’m also a rare christmas-card sender-outer, but I’m doing them this year. They’re not remotely exciting, though.

  36. I like your way of thinking!! I still have not ordered mine for this year (because I still have most of last years cards…not mailed) and was trying to decide if I should bother. I typically order and mail around 75 (IF I get them out). Now I think if you can send 200, then surely I can get just 75 out. So, add me to your list please!!! πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas to y’all!!
    Love ya, the Keathley’s

  37. Oh, rats! I’m also sad to miss out! Boo!! And I thought I was so “cyber-with-it!”

    Maybe I’ll get one 14 years from now??? πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see the electronic version!

    Love you and your girls (and Alex and Hopkins, too)!
    Michelle

  38. I just subscribed to the newsletter yesterday, so am too late for this as well. AS the saying goes, ya snooze ya lose! πŸ™‚

    Rachel, I hope you, Aaron, Leah, Lucy and Alex have wonderful holidays!

    Best,
    Gary

  39. Rats! I’m too late; guess I’ll just have to wait another 14 years. Our youngest daughter had surgery yesterday: new ear tubes, tonsils out and adenoids out. She is doing remarkably well – so far – and in preparation she listened to the ‘Hurt Song’ as she calls it…”It’s just part of life, you bump and bruise and fall” over and over again. I was up to give pain meds, but failed to check the computer! I’m still holding off on a picture of our family and an update because I’d like to say that Mis is completely well first. After surgery yesterday, Mia kept signing go home, and I couldn’t have agreed with her more. She’s getting the new board books for her bday on the 17th. Merry Christmas Rachel and the entire Coleman and Signing Time family!

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  40. …hmmm, those asterisks at the end HAD formed a cool “I love you symbol’ but it all got left-justified and ruined the presentation – the sentiment remains.

  41. Awww… guess I’m too late. Drat!

    That’s ok! You are such an inspiration and a huge help to our family and that’s a Christmas card itself!

    My almost 3 year old son is very speech delayed and to ease his tantrums to relax him into verbalizing we began signing to him with your DVD’s. What a total GOD SEND!! He’s doing much better and the entire family is learning what I hope they will never give up on- signing!

    Please have a blessed Christmas!

    Vanessa

  42. Um I should have been up at 2:00 am. I would have had a Christmas Card. I totally want one, I have been waiting for fourteen years to hang one on my front door πŸ˜‰

  43. Oh Rats, in no time 200 people already asked for one. My girls would have loved to get one from you (read: *I* would have loved one, but I can hide under the pretext that Nichole does indeed love you too, But let’s admit who would have been more excited)

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