Where do you stand on Christmas cards? And where do you put them?
A few years ago I had to do a serious Holiday Reassessment. I was taking on too much and buckling under the pressure of it all. I had to decide what would stay and what would have to go.
Holiday baking, pretty much, had to go. I don’t really enjoy baking cookies (although I do love baking bread), and don’t have patience for finicky decorations. Besides, this is something that can be easily outsourced.
Shopping and gift buying had to stay. Obviously. But I could pare it down by buying fewer things and shopping online.
Decorating was pared down to a tree and some greenery on the mantle.
And then there was the issue of Christmas cards. I love receiving cards, but in order to receive I realized I had to send. And so I found myself returning to this tradition year after year, and quite often the kids got involved too, even when they were too young to write:
Sadly, it’s rare that I’m able to get the cards out on time. In fact, I still have a stack of them right here, almost ready to go. Oops. Perhaps I’ll just call them “New Years” cards instead of Christmas cards. That way I can send them anytime in January!
Displaying the cards has also been an ongoing issue for me too. Some years we’ve strung twine across our faux fireplace or across the window, but there are a few other options that I’m considering for next year:
- I like the idea of creating a giant collage
- Pinning them to ribbon on the back of a door
- Making a fun wreath
- … or a tree (!)
- Stringing them along a bannister with pine boughs
Do you send cards to family and friends this time of year? Why or why not? And how do you display them? I need more ideas!