I received my first couple of Christmas cards today and was reminded of some of the simple recycling that can be done at this time of year. Growing up at my house we get the Christmas boxes out at Thanksgiving and decorate the house from head to toe… it’s a great way to get in the mood for the season. I have a favorite Christmas book that comes out of the boxes at this time of year as well. My mother saved her Christmas Cards for a few years and then she recycled them into an Alphabet book. Each page is based on a theme for every letter. A is for Angel, so she cut the front off of 3 or 4 cards with angels and arranged them on a large 12″x 12″ page, each card is cropped and place on a page along with a short little saying applicable to Angels,
A is for Angel
with halo so bright,
who sang for the Christ child
that first Christmas night
I decided I wanted one of my own and am still working to finish it. I think it will be great to look through the book and think about when we got those cards and what was going on in our lives at the time. I hope my daughters will enjoy my book as much as I’ve liked my mothers.
I found another really good idea for Christmas cards, Birthday cards, etc. when looking through a cooking magazine the other day – a reader had written in and talked about cutting cards apart and keeping the portion where friends and family had written and using the opposite side as a recipe card so that every time she gets the card out to cook she is reminded of those messages from people she loves…
It’s worth mentioning that we seem to pay about 3 to 4 dollars apiece for the cards, and even if we are frugal enough to make our own perhaps it would be nice to find a way to keep those sentiments around longer in one fashion or another.