I know. We don’t seem to receive–or send–as many Christmas cards as we did back in the day.
But they do still exist. So what are we to do with them if there is no more room on the mantle or hanging them from a string across the family room wall is not a decor option.
Well, that’s where today’s post comes in. I’ve been waiting for several weeks to share this idea with you. It’s one that I started doing waaaaay back the mid-90’s, then totally forgot about, and for some reason remembered again last Christmas.
Here it is:
- Each time a Christmas card comes our way, whether it is mailed or handed to us; whether it is from our family, friends, church, or workplace; it is read then placed into this cute little wire basket. (I found it at my local Dollarama –don’t you just LOVE that place? It came with a little white cotton lining tied to it, which I removed.)
- If the Christmas card is accompanied by one of those amazing and newsy letters, I take a quick moment to staple it directly to the card.
- I stamped a tag I had on hand using my alphabet stamps and then tied it to the basket using a piece of jute.
Why does the tag say Prayer Cards and not Christmas Cards?
That is a great question that actually leads to the very reason for this post.
You see, once all signs of Christmas around our home are packed away for yet another year, this basket finds it’s way to a side table in our dining room. Each time we eat together around that table, we first pull a card from the basket so that we can include that person/family in our prayer before our meal. If a newsletter is attached to it, we take a moment to scan it again so that we are reminded of the names of family members and anything else we can pray about more specifically.
And oh my, it’s SO much fun for our sweet grands to choose a card from the basket when they are here with us at meal time.
But for right now, the basket sits under our Christmas tree ready to receive any cards that come it’s way.
It’s kind of cool knowing that we have a fun way to intentionally pray for the dear folks who invested time, thought and energy into choosing and sending us Christmas-card-love!
Whatever it is you do to enjoy your Christmas cards during this special season, I encourage you to take time to gather them together when all is said and done at the end of the year. Put them in a basket on your table, and pray-a-card-a-day.
Oh my goodness, if we all did that, what a powerful way it would be to bring in 2018!!
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