two ideas. christmas cards. storing memories.

What is one of my favorite things about Christmas? Cards. I am an easy girl to please. Any type of stationary or card and I am sold. Which is probably why I eagerly wait for Christmas cards like one of my kids waiting for Santa to arrive. I absolutely heart looking at the pictures, seeing kids grow up and reading about the adventures for the year. Do you too?

Ok, maybe you’re not as in love with Christmas cards as me, but I am guessing you too collect a plethora of Christmas cards. But, what to do with them? I have {two} ideas that might just make you rethink throwing those darlings in the trash once the new year has arrived.

Good news? Oh, so simple. {and, I really mean it this time.} And, it might bring a little laughs and smiles to your own family in years to come.

{No. 1… family christmas card album}
I love, love creating Christmas cards for our family. It is one of the highlights of my November as I gear up for the holiday season. I spend {way too much} time finding the perfect card for the year. My other half thinks it is a bit bizarre and just smiles and pretends that I don’t have issues as I scour to find the right one. When our house burned down  almost exactly {crazy it’s been that long} five years ago I became on a mission to document everything. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. One thing that I wanted to be sure to collect were those {little} memories that I can someday share with my kids and {hopefully} their own little ones.

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Now, I keep one copy of our yearly Christmas card and add it to a book that my kids can look through year after year. It is so cute to watch them sit down and look at how much they have changed. It kind of makes me giggle as they say, “is that me?”

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All you need?
{1} a photo book
{2} your family holiday card

A simple way to start each December with some smiles and a chance to reflect on years past.

{No. 2… ring it up christmas card style} 
It pains me to throw away all the festive holiday cards that we receive. In past years, I have cringed at the act of physically putting them in the garbage. Alas an idea came to play. Though, I must give all credit to one of my besties, Leslie. She has a knack for turning her house into a holiday wonderland, regardless of what holiday it is. But, I digress. This smart lady introduced me to a brilliant idea a few years back… Gathering your yearly cards on a large ring. What? So easy. Why didn’t I think of that? Didn’t I tell you it would be brilliant? Yes, she’s brilliant.

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All you need? 
{1} a hole punch
{2} your Christmas cards
{3} large ring

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Again. Simple. Hole punch your cards and place them on a large ring. And, store from year to year. I save mine in a basket and the kids look through them each year we open up our holiday boxes.

Now, if you want to take it one step further read on. If not, pretend that you never saw this next part. This is something totally unnecessary, yet I find myself doing these silly things again and again. Why? I have no idea. I usually get so annoyed with myself during the middle of it, but inevitability by the end I smile when I am done. So, if you are in the mood to get a little crafty and spice up those simple, silver rings continue on. Otherwise, scroll to the bottom and forget you saw any of this.

For the past few years, I keep {thinking} about spicing up those boring, silver rings. This year, I finally set aside a little time to do it. To add to my theme of a hint of red I chose to wrap the silver ring with red twine I already had around the house. Truly, the project took me about five minutes and I think it is pretty darling.

ring materials

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Kind of fun.  Super easy. Very green. Won’t Mother Nature be proud of you?

And, before I forget MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope your day with family and friends brings you many smiles and memories. Cherish every moment of the season and celebrate in the real meaning of Christmas. Thank you for following along with me on this silly blogging adventure. 

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6 Responses to two ideas. christmas cards. storing memories.

  1. Lisa December 24, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Um, love both those ideas and totally copying… I too hate to toss cards. Just feels wrong!! xo

  2. Alaina December 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Both such great ideas, Jess! I have all past Christmas Cards organized and labeled by year, but never knew what to do with them. I couldn’t bear throwing out all the pictures, memories and sweet notes from family and friends. I also keep a copy of our card every year and never know what I can do with it. I’m already busy hole punching and shopping for the perfect photo album. Thanks for the ideas 🙂 <3

    • lulu & linen January 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      So glad that you found a use for those stored Christmas cards. Isn’t it pretty much brilliant? Love and smile each year I bring them out!

  3. michelle January 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    i saw this post on Pinterest last year and kept telling myself “what a smart idea,,,,i should do this”. Well, it took a year, but I finally put together the last 4 years of cards on rings & it looks awesome – here is the outcome http://michelmobababy.blogspot.com/2014/12/ring-it-together-xmas-cards.html Thx so much for the simple idea!

    • lulu & linen January 3, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Hooray! I am so glad you used it and loved it! It looks like it turned out pretty adorable and you even had a helper along the way. I finished hole punching ours yesterday and they are now officially stored away for next year. Thanks for following along…
      Happy New Year!

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