What to do with all those Christmas Cards?

I love getting Christmas cards!  Many of the people I hear from at Christmas are friends from way back, and other than at Christmas our paths don’t cross.  So, to me it’s worth the trouble and expense of sending out cards.  I love getting the mail in December to see just what treats I’ll find in the mailbox each day.

I love collecting the cards in the holder on the hutch in the kitchen.

storing Christmas cardsAfter Christmas, however, I’m faced with the dilemma of what to do with all these cards.  I hate to just throw them away, but …

Over the years, here are some strategies I’ve used with the cards and photos we receive.  Nothing earth-shattering, but maybe you’ll pick up an idea or two.

1.  After Christmas, each day at dinner one of the girls chooses a card from the container and we pray for that person/family.  I love this way of remembering our friends into the new year!

2.  If a card has a front that’s blank on the back, I cut off the front and save it to use as a postcard.  When I was teaching Sunday School, I sent all the kids in my class postcards at Christmas, and this was an easy way to get free ones.  Just FYI:  the postal service requires postcards to be 3.5 – 4.25″ x  5-6″.

3.  Now to the photos that many people send.  I don’t like to clutter up my fridge with these, but I do like to keep them.  I happened upon the idea of creating a 2-page scrapbook spread with all these.  This way, I get to keep the photos all in one spot.  I also usually include one or two of the Christmas stamps from that year on the page as embellishments.

scrapbooking Christmas cardsI hope this inspires you when you look at your card stash in a few days.

Merry, Merry Christmas to you all!

3 thoughts on “What to do with all those Christmas Cards?

  1. That card holder looks VERY familiar to me…wonder where it came from?
    You are so great Susan! You keep all the pictures in an album. I think I have mine in a small pile held tight by a rubber band. I stink at being organized!
    Happy Christmas!

  2. I think I have all of the old photo cards in a stack somewhere in my oldest son’s room (which is used partly for storage…lucky him, right?). That’s a great idea!

    One thing I do with old Christmas cards is to use some as gift tags for bags–punch a hole at a corner, make a side slit with scissors, tape the slit after attaching to the bag handle…learned that the hard way, after a few came off! 🙂

    I love the idea of picking from the stack and praying for that person/family! Wonderful.

    Glad you have your power again!

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