Saturday, December 18, 2010

What to do with all these Christmas Cards?

One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the "snail mail" we get!  I love getting cards and pictures from friends.  Love it even more when there is an update on somebody I haven't heard from in a while, but that isn't as common now since we have facebook. :)  Every year, I have a hard time deciding what to do with all the cards once the Christmas decorations are put's an idea I got from a former co-worker in Japan:

She puts all the cards in a basket and each night her family pulls one out and prays for that person/family and then lights a candle for them.  

For the past 2 years we have been doing this very thing, except we do it in the morning and we don't always light a candle.  It is wonderful to think of my friends and family throughout the year and not just at Christmas time. 

So, to all my friends and family, if you send me a Christmas card, just know that you are thought of throughout the year. :)

Now, the question is, what to do with all the Christmas cards from last year? ha ha


  1. I really like your idea to pray for one a day (although we usually get about 30-40 not 365)and something we also do is to use those funny scrapbooking scissors to cut out any fronts with pretty pictures (that weren't photo cards) and use them for gifttags on bags, presents for next year. One year I also had saved up several years worth of homemade "tags" and would never use them all, so I made placemats for our table by gluing the ones with a nativity scene or something Christian (not Santa) on them onto a red piece of 8 1/2 X 14 paper interspersed with photos from a previous Christmas. Then I laminated them and we still use those placemats on our kitchen table only for the month of Dec. My kids really like seeing from previous Christmases and so do the grownups who eat at my table also. Just an idea!

  2. Thanks, Karen! Those are great ideas - I think I may do the placemat one tomorrow. :) As far as your comment about only getting 30-40 cards, same here, but we just go through the stack many times throughout the year praying for them one at a time.

  3. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I love to meet former teachers who decide to stay home and teach their own children the ways of God.

  4. Great idea, I hang ours and then put all the pictures into a scrapbook as well!