Saturday, January 19, 2013

Extending Christmas

Something someone wrote made me want to keep Christmas cards out for awhile longer!

It's unknown where I read about this but am glad I did.

Rather than stash Christmas cards in a drawer somewhere, I plan to keep them out in the crackle glass bowl with poinsettias on it.

Here's why.   

Every night at supper, one card will be randomly selected from the bowl. 

Then, my husband and I will pray for the person who sent the card.

I liked that idea and am adopting it. 

It's also a great way to really think about the person who sent the card in the first place!

When we've said a prayer for every person who sent a card, I'll either put the cards away or start pulling them for round two of prayers! We'll just have to wait and see.



Chatty Crone said...

Susan that is so sweet of you and your husband to do for others. I think they are very pretty. Once I made a collage with them and used it as my desk top.

BECKY said...

What a beautiful and very unique idea! I have not heard of that before. I used to save all my Christmas cards and store them "for using in some creative way." I was going to cut out pretty parts of them and use for name tags, or short little notes, etc. But mostly the bags and bags just added up, year after year. Every time I'd look at them, I'd think, I just can't throw all these away. But you know what? It was a relief to do so, because it was another one of those things that bugged me because I hadn't followed through on an idea. Your new custom is just beautiful!

Lucy said...

What an awesome it...

EM Illustrator said...

That is actually a great idea, and a very nice thing to do. I always put my cards away in a drawer.

Bookie said...

Extraordinary idea...thanks for sharing...extending the real meaning of Christmas....

Marianne said...

Hi Susan,

Won't you be surprised to hear from me? I have been following and loving your blog but didn't know how to respond. My son Mike was here yesterday and showed me how to comment.

I have always kept my Christmas cards out after Christmas; always tied them with a pretty ribbon and displayed them on a table somewhere in the house. When the kids were young, I would choose a cold and blustery February or March afternoon; I would start a fire in the fireplace, make hot chocolate and we would reread the cards and talk about the sender; it was a great way to
connect with family and friends, especially ones who were far away. After that, we would cut pretty scenes from the cards and make gift tags. Alas, the kids have grown and moved away, but I still continue to display and reuse my holiday cards. Like you I absolutely love to send and receive cards. I too am sorry that the custom of sending Christmas cards seems to be going out of style.

Your idea of saying a prayer for each sender is fabulous. I'm going to add that to my custom.

My cards are tied with a homespun string this year, as we are trying hard to recycle and reuse to save our planet. I feel happy as I pass by the table they are displayed upon. The good karma that radiates from them is wonderful.

Sorry this has turned into such a long comment, but I am giddy with the thought of being able to now respond to your wonderful blog.

Hugs and kisses from your cousin,


Susan said...

Hi Marianne! Soooo happy you found how to comment. Can you send me your email, too? Mine is


Hi everyone! Hope your Saturday goes splendidly! Hugs to all, Susan

Glenda said...

Oh, dear! I am the most disorganized person around! I love to keep my cards out, in a little stack beside my computer, and I will get them from time to time and smile about the person who sent them, often with a prayer for that person as well. I am always amazed that there are rarely any duplicates, even though we are in a very small community with limited places to shop. I love your bowl, too!! :-)

Susan said...

So many of the cards we receive are photos and I have been putting them in a box for the last 5 years. It's fun to see how kids have grown (or been added on to the family). I use to save all the cards and make something out of the fronts, but sadly until I can find more hours in a day, those projects have gone by the wayside. Stay warm and cozy, dear friend, XOXO

Ruth Kelly said...

It's nice to receive photo Christmas cards but the ones I enjoy the most are the Christmas letters.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Susan that is such a great idea!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a wonderful idea!!

I keep all my cards from year to year. I have been weeding out the ones that I really like and what to do some crafts with them . I am looking for more ideas though on what to do with them ...I hate to throw them away because some are so pretty!!


Nellie said...

What a thoughtful idea, Susan!

I trim the fronts off the cards to use for tags for Christmas gifts in following years.

diane.stetson said...

I keep my cards for one year and then give them away to the preschool for crafts or something like that. I enjoy reading them before the new ones come each year. I put all the photo ones in my albums as I love photo albums!

Tammy said...

What a lovely thing to do. Sheila at Blessed and Distressed turns her Christmas cards into little Christmas albums by binding them all together and embellishing them further, adding family photos from the holidays, even photos of the people who sent the card. I think that's a great way of using the cards rather than just stuffing them in a drawer. Have a great day. Tammy

OurSearsKitHome said...

What a wonderful idea! Now I want to send you a Christmas card!
We get few, send none, so, not much, sorry to say.

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