I love Christmas cards. I love sending and I love receiving. I love the notes and the pictures and looking at the cards.
It is December 5, 2013 already and I received five cards today so tonight I am working on mine. Usually I have them done every year by Thanksgiving, but this year I got behind.
I want my cards to be as special as the person I am addressing them to. In this day of facebook, e-cards, email and high postage rates, cards are declining and I find that a little sad. I haven’t stopped sending cards and hope I never do. Here are a few ideas I use and some I found on the internet.
Have you sent cards to someone alone, someone in a hospital, a nursing home? One of my Mom’s most favorite things was the cards she received at the nursing home. We would hang them all on the wall in front of her bed and she would talk and talk about all the different cards – who sent them, where they came from, what it said, and if it glittered and shined she would talk about how she watched it at night, etc.. She was known in the nursing home by that wall. After Christmas I would take them down and we would add valentine’s cards, mother’s day, birthday, etc.. It was awesome and one of the precious things I miss this year because we lost Mom. I have missed going to find her that special card to hang on her wall. Have a few tears here thinking about that.
First and foremost as I address the cards I pray for each and every individual/family. I love doing this. I love thinking about them and I love all the memories with them. It is an humbling time that I refuse to let myself worry about and get upset about. And yes I have in years past – getting upset because the labels didn’t work in the computer, they didn’t look right, and on and on. FINALLY, I decided to continue to hand-write my addresses. It’s not how beautiful they are but the meaning inside and I find if I use labels it is easy to forget to pray. If I am writing it gives me time to pause and really think about who is getting that card.
Next as I receive cards, I hang each one up on our mini-blinds in our dining area in the kitchen and they stay there for some time. Each day after Christmas we begin to pray for each of those families. We choose a card and re-read it, look at it again and sometimes for my husband it might be the first time he had a chance to see that beautiful card before I hung it up. We pray and some years I will write a note back to that family depending on what is happening in our lives at the moment. This has become a tradition for us. If the kids are my mother in law are over visiting we have them choose a card.
So tonight I am addressing cards. It will take me a few days, but I am enjoying every moment and thanking God for all our family and friends, that I am able and that we can still afford to do it.
I pulled a few other ideas off the internet and pinterest that you might like for displaying and saving your Christmas card. I would love for you to share your ideas.
Hang them on a beautifully decorated door.
Make holiday card ornaments from http://www.marthastewart.com/276934/recycled-christmas-card-crafts.
OK time for me to get going. Feel free to share any ideas you have here.
Enjoy reading about Christmas. Read my other ideas and memories about Christmas.
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23 Days Until Christmas – How to Make Bows – https://mixwilliams.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/christmas-bows-23-days-until-christmas/
24 Days Until Christmas -Tree Memories – https://mixwilliams.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/tree-memories-24-days-until-christmas/
25 Days Until Christmas – Stress- https://mixwilliams.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/christmas-stress-25-days-until-christmas/