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?