So, I mentioned yesterday that I’d give you a tip (that didn’t involve crafty stuff like glue and scissors) on how to use all of those photo cards you get each holiday. They don’t just come in at Christmas-time anymore do they? Birthdays, Easter, moves…almost any occassion warrants a photo card to be mailed out (not by us, mind you, I’m too cheap). And family letters arrive in abundance as well.
I got several good tips from you in the comments section so I’m going to include those here before I let you in on mine:
Nicole puts all of the photo cards she receives in a scrapbook. That way she can look back over them each year.
Rachel‘s grandmother would reuse cards as tags on the next year’s packages.
Susie reminded me that e-cards are not only cheaper but are a greener option. Susie, have you been reading my mind to know that as much as I hate to admit it I’m trying to be greener?
My tip: We keep our photo cards and letters in our sideboard in the dining room and look at a different one every night at dinner. We pray over that family before dinner bringing up any specific concerns we may know about the family, or asking for general blessings for that family.
This was not something my little brain came up with. I read it in a parenting magazine last year (or a Focus On The Family magazine…) and we thought it was such a great idea. It hasn’t created world peace, but praying for others does remind us that everyone and every family has needs, whether they be dire or mundane. This helps me to break out of my little self-made box and remember others.
I guess what I should start doing is cutting up some of those cards after the year is through and turning them into gift tags, while sticking others in scrapbooks. That way as little waste as possible makes it to the trash can. So, if you want me to pray for you send me your picture. You’ll be our treasured dinnertime guest every once in a while.