quick trick: what to do with holiday cards
Actually, we’re huge fans of all types of cards. We love to use them for cutting practice, arts and crafts, and even Valentines cards.
But the cards that my kiddos seem to look forward to most are the cards with pictures of our friends’ and family members’ funny faces on them. During December, Maddy, Owen, and Cora race to the mailbox every single day, and then they race to see who can open the white envelopes first, and then they race to see if they can identify the sender.
It’s fun. And we are grateful for every single card we receive, for every friend and family member we have.
We put each one on our big white pantry in the kitchen and look at them each time we walk by. But then we take down the photos, shove them in a box, and we very rarely see them again.
So this Quick Trick is something new I’m trying–something that I know my kids will enjoy because I know they love these cards.
Here’s the skinny:
- What to do with Holiday Cards: I’m talking about the photo cards here. I have a happy place for all of our other cards, and that’s the Card Box.
Each holiday card ‘book’ is connected to a metal circle clip.
All of the cards that come into this house end up there.
But the photo cards ended up in a box up in the closet that never seemed to make it down often e nough. Granted, when it did, the kids were occupied and interested; it’s like looking though all of their best buddies’ photo albums.
This year, however, I did something new.
Instead of taking the cards off of the pantry and putting them into the ‘holiday card box’ waaaaay up in the closet, I punched holes in the corner of each card, clipped them together with a silver circle clip, and made them a brand new home.
And I did the same thing with each year’s cards, from 2011 all the way back as far as I could.
I put our own family’s holiday card on top of each ‘book’, and I was finished.
holiday cards’ new home: above our cards for cutting
I left the cards out on the table for the afternoon and next morning, and Maddy, Owen, and Cora must have flipped through them a dozen times each. They’re not the most sturdy little clips, and if they flip too quickly the cards will tear, but with reminders to be gentle, the cards were okay.
I think now that the cards are in a more central location–right in our craft room–we’ll see them more often. Plus, it’s like having an extra photo album to look through whenever we want. And if ever we need a quick reminder as to how to spell that long-lost third cousin twice removed’s name, the card will be right there.
And that’s it. Just a teeny little Quick Trick to make use of those holiday cards that we spend so much time choosing, to keep our kids connected with friends and family, and to help keep us all a little more organized!
Here’s to a happy, healthy 2012 to everyone!