On Instagram this past December, I shared how we save Christmas cards each year, and people went CRAZY! Not only did I share “how”, but also “why” and I received SO MANY comments. Many of you let me know how thankful you were that I shared this little tip. So I figured I should share it here on the blog in case you missed it.
I know we all enjoy our trips to the mailbox each December when the Christmas cards start rolling in. It’s such a joy to open them up and see how the families have grown each year and what they have been up to. Since we personally send cards, I am fully aware how much effort it takes to get these out the door in the busy holiday season. Because of this, I look at each card as a little gift from our loved ones.
So I just can’t bring myself to toss them once Christmas is over! Here is a simple way to Save Christmas Cards each year.
Items Needed: Save Christmas Cards
- Book Ring (or even just a piece of ribbon)
- Hole Punch
- Christmas Memories Printable (free printable!)
To make these, I just use a book ring and hole punch the top left corner of each card. It only takes a few minutes at the end of the holidays to assemble. I got my cards all organized with book rings this year, but if you don’t want to purchase book rings, it works just as well using a piece of ribbon to connect them.
To keep each year organized, I just use an extra personal holiday card for the cover.
I started this tradition a few years ago and I am so happy that I did. Of course, if you are counting here, you may notice that I am missing a few years. Yeah- let’s just not talk about 2014 and 2015- apparently those are the lost years- figuratively and literally! This year, I pulled them out and put them in a basket on the coffee table and the boys loved looking through the old cards at their friends when they were babies. It was fun to see a few years back how some families have gone from 1 to 3 children in the past few years.
Free Printable- Christmas Memories
A fun new addition to this tradition this year is that I added a page for each child to write down their favorite gift and favorite Christmas memories. I think this will be fun to look back at over the years to see what they were into each year. You can download a copy for yourself here.
Now, I am ALLLLLL for purging. Purge, purge, purge! So, if this idea doesn’t resonate with you, I totally get it! But if you have a little extra storage space in your Christmas tubs, this is a fun tradition to start and something your kids will likely enjoy in the coming years.
Happy New Year!