One of our favorite things about the holidays is receiving Christmas cards from all of our friends and family! But alas, December 25th passes and we have to take all the pictures down at some point. So, in order to deal with our post Christmas blues and be able to still see the smiling faces of all our favorite people, we found a reasonable way to keep our Christmas cards out all year long! Sadly the decorations and lights do still have to get put up…
Those of you who know me well know that I am NOT a crafter. Case & point why I have a Pinterest board named, “If Only Someone Would DIY for Me.” (Praise the Lord for Etsy!) But this simple craft takes two steps…even I can do that!
Using a hole puncher, we make holes in the top left corner of each of our Christmas cards. They usually lay most flat if you group together the horizontal cards in a row and the vertical cards in a row.
Using a large metal ring, we clip all of our cards together in a neat, solidified little pack. Ta-Da! Now we no longer have our fridge and wall covered in pictures, but we still have our precious friends and family close at hand. Bonus: we get to keep at least a little bit of Christmas cheer in our house year round!
The most meaningful part of this little craft is that it gives an organized way to be praying for the people we love the most all throughout the year. We keep our ring of Christmas cards at the kitchen table and each night at dinner, the kids get to flip over the card from the day before and pray for a new family. We want the value of prayer to be strong in our family and we want our kids to see the importance of lifting others up to the Lord. Noah and Cole get so excited to see who the new family is going to be when we flip to the next card (and they especially love when they get to pray for a family with their pet in the photo!)
We hope this will be a fun way for you to incorporate prayer more into your family’s routine and keep close at heart the people dearest to you that you might not get to see as often as you wish.
Anyone else have a great idea for displaying your Christmas cards all year? I’d love to learn your traditions in the comments!