Remember how, when you were a kid, it used to be so exciting when you got mail? It was thrilling! Then, as you grow up, the mailbox quickly became the source of bills, statements and junkmail. I rarely get an actually note or letter these days.
But at Christmas, ah Christmas, the flood of cards begins. Every day I run, like a child, to the mailbox to see what treasures it reveals. Photos of children growing like weeds. Letters and notes from far flung friends telling us of their busy year. . . . It brings the joy back into my mailbox.
I always display the cards somehow-usually by taping them to the kitchen cupboards (with blue painters tape-easier on the finish). I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and it is one of the least decorated rooms seasonally, so it really makes me smile to see them all there. Then in January, when all the decorations are coming down, I can’t bear to throw the beautiful cards away.
But what to do? I used to pack them up with the ornaments, then I’d feel a vague sense of guilt in December when I pulled them out again. Shouldn’t I have found something useful to do with them? Did I save them all year just to throw them out now?
So I made a decision. Last year, right after the holidays, I made the cards I received into gift tags for this years presents.
What other ideas do you have for reusing Christmas Cards?