Every year, I feel a smidge of guilt when I throw away all of the beautiful Christmas cards that we receive. A few years ago, our family began a tradition that helps us to remember our friends and loved ones long into January.
As the Christmas cards arrive, we keep them in a pretty basket on our kitchen table. Starting right after Christmas, we pull a card out of the basket each night at dinner. We pray for that family member, friend or neighbor when we say grace. (Yes, we even pray for the window washer.)
It’s a fun way to focus on all the people we love and the kids like taking turns pulling a card out of the basket.
Here are a few other ideas for reusing your Christmas cards…
- Make gift tags for next year – Use your scissors or a scrapbook punch to cut out pieces of the cards.
- Make Valentine’s cards – Lots of Christmas cards are red/white. Perfect colors for Valentine’s Day.
- Save them to make paper ornaments next year. Here are a couple of tutorials for making your own paper ornaments:
- Send them to the St. Jude Ranch Recycled Card Program. The children of St. Jude’s turn old Christmas cards into new cards for next year. The cards are sold via their website and the funds go to support St. Jude’s operations. LOVE THIS!
Do you do anything with your old Christmas cards?
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We’ve been running non-stop for 6 days now. I’m ready to take a breather.
For those of you that have asked…Yes, there will be a DIY Day this week. But if any of you have managed to do any projects in the last week, you’re CRAZY! But if you did, we want to see them!