Last week we received our first Christmas card- a photo card of our friend's children. We dutifully pinned it up on the ribbon we hang our cards on with a miniature clothespin, but that got us thinking about sending cards:
And I just don't think we'll be sending them anymore. Maybe we sound like Scrooge, but we just prefer to send more personal cards, letters and care packages throughout the year to our closer friends- at times when they won't be receiving a slew of other cards. Though it is fun receiving the cards and nice to see photos of those we don't live near, it's quite a bit of time, energy, and money to send those babies. How many of them wind up in the trash soon after they're received?
If you do want to send and receive cards, here are a few things you can do to recycle them:
• Cut out the pretty parts and use them as gift tags.
• Cut up the cards and give them to your kids to use in a collage.
• Keep the envelopes and use them as "pretend mail" in a play mailbox (you can just wrap a shoe box and cut a slit in it) for your toddler.
• Some families put the cards in a basket after the season and pick one each night at dinner and either share memories of that family or pray for them.
If you're looking for ways to display them, check out our post on that subject from last year.
What's your opinion? Are you someone who looks forward to the tradition, or someone who could let it go.