Monday, December 10, 2007
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Give Me Five things about Christmas/Holiday cards: buying them, getting them ready, sending them, receiving them, displaying them, tips for recycling them, getting/sending 'family newsletters', traditions, pictures, etc.
1. This year I have taken a new approach to sending my cards. I saved the cards I received last year and am 'reduce, reuse & recycling' them into new cards with my scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies and sending them back to the people who sent them to me! I figure if it was good enough to send out last year, it's good enough to get, right? Also, the cards are much nicer as handmade, people really like that you put effort into something for them. Also, my mom and I have a bet going to see how many people actually recognize their cards coming back to them! (for more tips on how to do this, I will be posting about that soon, along with illustrations!)
2. I love getting cards, some of them are really beautiful! Some of them make me wonder what the person was thinking exactly when they chose this card over other ones at the store! I also love all the color they bring to the house and watching to see if I get 2 alike!
3. I dislike waiting in line for stamps and/or to mail them off...this time of year is horrible for dealing with the post office, yucko!
4. When I buy cards, because let's face it, you always send more than you get to recycle! When I buy them, I try to buy them on the after Christmas clearance sale, the day after the holiday. Sure, there is a lot of craziness on that day, but it's all worth it to get a box of cards for 75% off! Hellooooooo!!
5. My mom sends out a newsletter every year in her Christmas cards. Even though we are grown now, my brother and I always get a mention, it's usually a brief 1 or 2 line entry that sums up our year. This year I was able to mention my trip to England and Italy in September. For me, it's usually some kind of trip or that I moved :) I know some people who strongly dislike the 'family newsletter'. One friend in particular mentioned that if people aren't close enough to you to already know what your family did that year, chances are they don't care to know. Well, I see your point, but I must admit that I tend to agree more with my mom's idea behind sending out her letter, which is that not everyone she sends a card and letter too are Christians and she wants everyone to know that even if you are an old Christian lady, your life can be filled to the brim with all sorts of fun stuff! So many people think being a Christian means you have to not do this and not do that and not have any fun, well, my mom is here to show, that's not true at all!!! I like her thinking there...if I ever have a family, I will also create a family newsletter and that friend can just throw it away. Of course, I hope we will all still be friends then and they will know already what we did that year, because they did it too! :)