Incoming Holiday Card Overload.


I love getting holiday cards in the mail, but I'm always lost as to what to do with them when I'm done. With space at a minimum, displaying them is a daunting task, and I can't just throw them away. Any thoughts?


One of our favorite parts of the holidays is opening up the mailbox everyday to see who we got holiday cards from. Whether its our close friends and family, or those folks who we don't get a chance to see as often, it's always so much fun to hear what's happening in people's lives, and see how big everyone's kids have gotten (Secretly, we like to see how big everyone's waists have gotten as well?) Yet, as much enjoyment as we feel from getting all these cards, there?s always the question of what to do with them when we're done reading them. It seems wrong to just throw them away, since holiday cards are always fun to show off to visiting friends and family. You don't want to store them anywhere, because, well, they'll just sit there until next year when you'll ask the same question. If you've got a fridge big enough to hang up all your cards on, well, then, we want to come over. Here are a few things you can do to keep those precious cards visable and accessible for all to enjoy throughout the holidays.


1. Ribbons: A nice way to not only save space, but also to add some functionality to your holiday decorations, is to sting up a nice ribbon on which you can tape up the holiday cards you receive. We've seen people put up a few big ribbons above a mantle, down a hallway, or across a door. No ribbon? Just hang some string or wire and hang the cards over it.

2. Bowl: A great way to save your cards but also save space is to put out and designate a centrally located bowl for all incoming cards. As they start to pile up, it's fun to sort through them with house guests, looking for old friends and family.


I know teachers who love to get their hands on cards after the holiday to use for arts and crafts.


My Mom always cut out the picture with pinking shears and used a hole punch to tie a pretty ribbon on them and used them as gift tags for the next Christmas. It was always fun to look at the back and read the messages from friends & family the year earlier...


I save all the cards in a nice box on our entry table until the first week in January. After that, I keep only the cards that include a photo, a letter, or a personal greeting that I want to hold on to. I then put all of these into a "Christmas Scrapbook" that includes my family's greeting card and my son's Santa photo for the year. It did take me about 4 hours to do this years pages, but I did enjoy myself. I had hoped to start this project last year, but finally got to it this year. Thankfully, I only have 2 christmasses to catch up on. You should only do this if you enjoy it and care to look at them again. Otherwise, I say toss them in the recycling is too short!