3 Fun Things to Do With Your Holiday Cards

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is sending and receiving holiday cards. I love collecting my loved ones' small snippets, sweetest memories, and captured smiles.

We display our holiday cards on the back of our front door well past the New Year. But even we realize that past a certain date, it's time to take those cards down. My dilemma lies in this: What do you do with your holiday cards after the holiday season ends? (Or in my case, once the St.Patrick's Day decorations start turning up?)

Many people upcycle their cards, creating beautiful wrapping paper, book marks, and collage pieces. But the sentimental part of me can't bear to cut photos, or throw them away.

There's something that tugs at my heartstrings so strongly when I see the faded edges of old photos between my children's young fingertips. So I play into this sweetest of moments with our holiday cards — year round.

I know I'm not the only one. Dr. Jennifer Howard, psychotherapist and author of the award-winning book, Your Ultimate Life Plan, spoke to the value of having access to old photos when she wrote,Old photos can be a great way to jog your memory. They might bring the past back to mind in vivid detail. They not only help you to remember, but to see the past and the people you love with new eyes … Looking through old holiday or birthday cards can sometimes help you feel loved and get in touch with those you love all over again.”

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There's something that tugs at my heartstrings so strongly when I see the faded edges of old photos between my children's young fingertips. So I play into this sweetest of moments with our holiday cards — year round. If you're anything like me, I've got you covered.

Here are 3 Fun Things to Do With Your Holiday Cards … Once the Holiday Season Ends

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Basket filler

Fill a pretty basket with your holiday cards. No need to sort or organize them. Keep them accessible and let your children look through them regularly. It'll open up the chance to tell old stories more often than you might think! 

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You can make a book out of absolutely anything

Hole punch the corners of your cards and bind them together with a loose-leaf ring. Your children can make a cover that includes your holiday photo from that year or back each photo on construction paper; but these are frosting. This “project” truly is as simple as hole-punching and clipping. These literally take minutes to create and are sure to become family favorites to read over (and over and over) again!

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That's what phones are for

Take photos of your holiday cards and use them as your friends' and family members' contact photos — what pops up onto your phone screen when they call you. You already know they love the photo and it'll give you the chance to enjoy their holiday cheer year round!

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What do you do with your holiday cards after the holiday is over? 

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3 Fun Things to Do With Your Holiday Cards

Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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2 comments

  1. Elaine says:

    That third idea is SO good! I have never thought of that. And I keep meaning to get a ring so I can make the book!

  2. Jeanne says:

    What great ideas! My holiday decorations were all put away by last night, except for those cards (yours is especially lovely!) that just don’t want to come down. LOVE all the ideas. As a mom with a kid with dust allergies, I should probably go with the contact photos in my phone, but the book is really fun, too! Thanks, Galit!

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