12/17/2014

Cherished Gifts

How many of you check your mail way more often this time of year in hopes of finding Christmas Cards instead of bills and all that junk mail? I know I sure do! I love getting Christmas cards.  It is so fun to see how families have changed and grown in a year.  I love seeing the color combinations in family pictures and the detail of the beautiful cards.  For many years I would feel this guilt of throwing these amazing gifts away. Because as I see it, these cards represent gifts that have been given to me in my life.  The memories of loved ones! I am so grateful for the people in my life.  They bring me so much joy.  There are some cards I get from people I haven’t seen for years or maybe I only knew for a short time, but in some way these people have impacted my life and it brings me great joy to know they still think of me, even if it is just for one time a year.  To me a card is a way to say, “hey, I am busy, and super busy this time of year, but here’s my Christmas card to let you know I think about you!” 

I make sure and display my cards front and center so if I have guests come over I can show them off.  I also like to see them whenever I go down that hall.  After I moved in this house I decided my coat closet hall in my entry way would be the best place for them.  I put removable hooks on the back of the door on both sides and then I strung the twine around the front of the door and tied it around the back on the other side.  I had these darling mini gold clothes pins I had bought at Michaels a while back and so I decided to use those with it.  I love the look of the rustic twine with the gold.  As I get more cards I just add more rows of twine.  I have to say it is one of my favorite holiday decorations!!

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I am not much of a saver, but when it comes to Christmas cards, I just have a hard time parting with them.  I finally came up with a solution to not feel that pang of guilt when I tossed them in the trash come January.  I decided to make little booklets with all my cards in them.  Now you might say, “Are you kidding me? Ain’t nobody got time for that?” But I will tell you that this little project takes me about 10 minutes and yet it is something that means a great deal to me.  I have been saving them for about the past 5 years and so each year I get them out of the photo box I store them in and lay them out on my coffee table in my living room.  It is a fun coffee table book for the month of December.  My kids love looking at them and telling stories and memories of different families in our books.  IMG_0490

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IMG_0493I decided to put a cover page on the front with the year so I could keep track.  Now this can go as simple or elaborate as you want.  My first few years I took a little more time to do it, but last year I didn’t even put a cover on it.

 The first step is organizing the cards. Putting them all going the same direction. Then I straighten them together in one corner so I can punch the hole in the same place. I have a heavy duty hole punch so I can punch about 15 cards all at once.  It is  great little tool.  I use it ALOT! I then use a ring and string them through. If you want to make a cover, I just measure it to the size of my biggest card and then decorate how you want it. I put that on the front and your DONE! See, 10 minutes!! You then have a memory book that you can cherish for years to come!! 

With one week to go until the BIG MAN comes, I hope we will take some time in this crazy week to spend with our children and loved ones and to think about all the wonderful people in our lives. Happy Holidays!!

I would love to hear if you save your cards and how you do it? If you have liked my ideas today please share with your friends!!

Honestly,

Harmony

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