How To Display Your Christmas Cards

A Christmas card and present on a wooden table

As Christmas draws near, you’ll likely begin to receive more and more Christmas cards from your friends and family. While receiving holiday cards from loved ones is one of the highlights of the season, the question remains—what should you do with your cards once you’ve received them and read the message inside? Of course, you could stuff them in a desk drawer or throw them out, but it’s much more fun to work them into your holiday decor. With these tips and craft projects below, you can create a fun, festive display that will last you this holiday season and beyond!

Displaying Your Christmas Cards

Who doesn’t love to go all out with Christmas decor? From decorating the Christmas tree to stringing lights outside on the house to hanging fun, festive décor on the walls inside, you are limited only by the number of decorations you have on hand to display.

That brings us to your Christmas Cards. Did you know you can incorporate them into your home decorations? A few ideas to consider include:

  • Proudly place them on the mantle. If you have a fireplace mantle, consider clearing space to make room for your Christmas cards! You can add a couple bookends of Christmas decor to complete the festive effect.
  • Create a Christmas card bulletin board. If you enjoy corkboards or collages, consider buying one to display your Christmas cards. Arrange them in a fun way within the frame of the board and hang it in an appropriate room of your home.
  • Use cards as Christmas tree ornaments. Your Christmas tree is the focal point of your Christmas decor. Consider nestling your cards into the boughs of the tree or hanging them from string. 

Crafting With Christmas Cards

Christmas card crafts are another fun way to display your Christmas cards and delight guests when they join you for the holidays. Crafting allows you to show your appreciation for the card and the sender as well as engaging your creativity and decorating skills. This can also be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy together!  For example, you can:

  • Make a colorful holiday wreath using Christmas cards
  • Create a collage or a scrapbook
  • Make a Christmas card tree
  • Cut images from the cards and place them inside clear Christmas tree ornaments
  • Create Christmas card origami
  • Cut them into fun smaller-sized shapes to use as a present topper or gift tag
  • String them along some garland, ribbon, or beaded string to adorn your stairwell or walls.

How Long Should You Display Your Christmas Cards?

Like with your holiday decor, displaying your Christmas cards can’t last forever. In most cases, the best guideline is to take down your Christmas decorations the first week of January. But since you now have some Christmas card craft and display ideas, you don’t have to throw those cards out! Recycle them for next year and even experiment with some new crafts!

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The Etiquette of Keeping in Touch

In today’s digital world keeping in touch is easier than ever before. From texting to FaceTime to commenting on a loved one’s social media post, we can keep those dearest to us only a click away. While these communication methods may be the easiest, there is still something special about selecting a particular greeting card and communicating through a loving, handwritten note.

Greeting cards are a thoughtful and timeless way to keep in touch with family and friends. From birthdays and holidays to retirements and ongoing correspondences, this article will explore the etiquette of keeping in touch.

If You Receive, Reply

The first rule of keeping in touch is reciprocation. If a friend or loved one takes the time to send you a message, the polite thing to do is respond in a timely manner. Thank them for the message, and answer any questions they may have asked. Feel free to include additional information about you and your family’s lives, and inquire about those on the receiving end of your letter.

If the message you received was through a medium like email, send your reply as a handwritten card. This will not only delight your loved one, but with luck, will likely start an ongoing, handwritten correspondence between the two of you!

Special Occasions

Keep a list of your loved one’s birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and other special occasions. Sending a card to help them celebrate shows that you’re paying attention to the details of their life, and you want them to feel loved.

Holidays

It goes without saying that holidays like Hanukkah and Christmas are excellent times to send family and friends a greeting card. But why not go the extra mile and surprise them with a Halloween or Thanksgiving greeting? For all those we care about, it’s always the right time to keep in touch.  

Thank You Notes

Whether you received a special gift, money or flowers, the proper response is to send a thank you note as soon as possible. Tell the sender how much you appreciate the gift and why. If possible, include a photo of yourself smiling and enjoying the item they sent. Then, create a reminder to also send them something special when another gift-giving holiday or birthday rolls around!

When Should You Mail Your Christmas Cards?


 When deciding when to mail Christmas cards, timeliness is everything. The hectic nature of the busy holiday season, tends to slow down mail delivery. So to be safe, you should mail your Christmas cards at least two weeks before December 25. To be even safer, mail them on December 1. A bonus to sending your cards this early is it allows friends and loved ones to enjoy displaying your cards earlier in the holiday season!

If you’re having cards made, you’ll want the finished cards in hand before December 1. That way, all you need to do is sign the cards, address the envelopes, add a stamp, and drop your cards into the nearest mailbox. Merry Christmas!

The History of Fall Holidays

There is certainly no shortage of Fall holidays in the United States. For this article, we will focus on the history of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Fall is a magical time of year, and these two holidays never fail to bring friends and family together to celebrate and simply enjoy one another. 

Let’s jump right in and explore the origins of these wonderful holidays.

Halloween – October 31

Kids and adults both adore Halloween. For kids, it’s a time for spooky costumes, pumpkin carving, friends, and collecting enough candy to last well past the New Year. For adults, it’s a time to remember our inner child and eat and drink anything pumpkin spice flavored. This year, why not set some time aside between the costume parties and candy grabs to take a look at the history of this spooktacular holiday?

Halloween’s earliest origins date back to Samhain—an ancient Celtic pagan religious festival celebrated thousands of years ago from October 31 to their New Year on November 1. Samhain marked summer’s end, the harvest, and the beginning of the dark and cold winter months. On the night of October 31, the Celts believed a portal between the living and the dead opened, and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. To keep these ghosts at bay, the people wore costumes and lit huge bonfires.

When Christianity spread to Celtic lands in the 9th century, the church declared November 2 All Souls’ Day. This holiday honored the dead with parades, bonfires, and dressing up as angels, devils, and saints.

Immigrants brought Halloween to America in the 19th century, where it quickly gained popularity. Many of the same traditions from Samhain remain, such as wearing costumes to chase away otherworldly ghosts. Of course, today, our costumes have evolved to include everything from celebrities to superheroes.

Halloween has come a long way from the days of the Celts. The best example is trick-or-treating, which is great fun for both sides of the candy transaction. This year, make sure to stock up on enough tasty treats to avoid any tricks! Happy Halloween!

Thanksgiving – Fourth Thursday of November

One can trace the history of Thanksgiving all the way back to 1621, when the Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn feast with colonists from England. These colonists left England on a ship named Mayflower to find a new home to practice their faith freely. After a grueling journey across the Atlantic Ocean, they settled near the Massachusetts Bay at Plymouth. Soon they met Native Americans who taught them how to grow corn, fish, avoid poisonous plants, and much more.

After the Pilgrims successfully harvested corn for the first time in November of 1621, Governor William Bradford organized what would become known as America’s first Thanksgiving. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday to celebrate on the final Thursday in November, just as we celebrate it today. Happy Thanksgiving! 

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