We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's and I've enjoyed my little blogging hiatus. I'm ready to jump back in, having accumulated quite the list of post topics in my queue. That said, I feel like I might be a little "uncool" writing this come-back post.
I mean, everyone else seems to be talking about the New Year (goals, resolutions, etc.) or have even moved beyond that, but I'm still a bit stuck on Christmas. So, please don't tell me I'm too late. Please don't tell me you've already pitched those Christmas cards into the recycle bin. Pretty pleeeease.....
A few weeks ago, I shared my method for displaying the Christmas cards we received this year and I promised to offer you some suggestions of what to do with all those treasured cards after Christmas. Obviously, there may be some special cards that you store away for safekeeping, but here are a few ideas of what to do with the others....
1) Many of our friends and family send photo cards. I can't bear to throw their smiling faces in the trash, so I trim away the "card" part, saving their photo and/or faces and display them on our fridge. When next year rolls around, I replace the old ones with the new!
2) The more traditional cards (without the photos), can be cut down the fold to make sweet little thank you cards that your children can write in and/or sign (adding a drawing if they like) and send to friends or family who gave them gifts.
3) Another idea to ponder is storing your cards in a basket on your dining room table. Each evening meal time, pray for the family or individual who sent you the card on top. Pray for their health, their relationship with God, that they would hear God's call for their life, for their children, their jobs, their marriage. Then, tuck their card to the bottom so your all set to pray for the next person/family who sent you the next card on the pile.
4) Toddlers love looking at pictures of people, particularly those they know or that you'd like them to know if you live far away from family and friends. Simply stapling the photo cards together to make a book or cutting them to fit a small, inexpensive brag book can be the perfect way to let them look at photos of loved ones and learn their names. I kept little brag books like this for our older two kids when they were small (Miriam still looks at Sam's and Sadie's) and they love them.