A Guilt-free Alternative to Throwing Away Old Christmas Cards

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s I pack up the final remnants of yultide cheer, Christmas cards tend to be the last to be dealt with.

For years, I would deliberate over what to do with these prized tokens of the season. If I always kept them all, I’d end up with a Mt. Vesuvius of stationary; but, simply throwing them away seems contrary to the Christmas spirit.

Last year, thanks to our toddler and the way she lovingly mutilated our Christmas cards, I found the perfect solution.

I would spread Christmas cheer throughout the year–and help Bun learn the names and faces of our loved ones–by making a small photo album with the pics.

I took an empty album I had on hand, cut out the pictures from the cards, and dropped them in the sleeves. Done.




*Use an album you won’t mind being roughed up a bit. Unless your kids aren’t prone to chewing, throwing, or generally leaving a trail of drool wherever they go.

*Taping the sleeves closed might be wise if you want to avoid Grandpa being chewed to bits by a curious baby brother.

*Keep it accessible! The fact that it’s mixed in with the other books on Bun’s bookshelf is what makes it such a frequently grabbed item.

*Use it as a learning tool–talk about how people are related, where they live, what pets they have, etc.

*If you don’t have littles ones to speak of, put the pictures in a nice looking album and keep it on the coffee table to pick up throughout the year. Or, keep it at your bedside and let it serve as a reminder to send notes/texts of encouragement or to pray for loved ones.

What do you do with old Christmas cards?

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About Jenn

Jenn is the mommy of two small children, one obese cat and wife to the Hubs. She enjoys making pretty things out of random bits, painting furniture, filling her home with guests. She is not afraid to lead a one-woman crusade against the rampant overuse of the apostrophe.

  • http://www.awakeningsardis.blogspot.com Christy

    THAT is cool. I will send this to my sister in law.

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com Jenn

      Great! Thanks :)

  • Gigi

    What a clever idea! Even though I live in a largely “adult” world, this gives me a meaningful way to house those stacks of Christmas cards I just can’t throw away.

  • Casie

    That is a cute idea! We did somethingbbsit kind of similar in that we hole punched a hole in the top of each card and placed them all on a circular ring holder. Its a “coffee table” flip book for the kids. So far it has keptb in goos shape but it is only Jan!

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com Jenn

      That’s a fun idea, too! My sis in law did that as well. :)