Dec. 9 is Christmas Card Day! Sending messages to friends and loved ones in the mail is a wonderful way to spread the holiday spirit. Participate in the tradition this year by creating your own cards. You can use a variety of decorations on your stationery to make them completely unique. Here are a few card ideas to give you some inspiration for the holidays:
Types of Christmas Cards
When sending your holiday cards this year, make sure you do a little research about what kind of cards are available. This will help you choose a design that matches your personality.
Christmas photo cards: Photo cards are always a popular choice during the holidays. They're a wonderful way to show distant relatives how much your family has grown the last year, and they give you a chance to take a nice family portrait. Have fun with these photos by doing something funny or wearing matching attire.
Foil cards: Add beautiful decorations to your holiday messages with foil cards. Intricate and festive designs are created on stationery using thin metallic foil. They're usually made in colors of silver and gold, which is why they're perfect for your Christmas cards this year.
Custom cards: If you enjoy full control over your designs, then order custom Christmas cards this year. With this option, you can adjust the fonts, words and images to your heart's content.
How to decorate using cards
After you send out your own Christmas cards, you'll probably start to see some arriving in the mail as well. However, you probably don't want to throw these messages away, at least not until after the holidays. If this is the case, then use them as decoration around the house.
For example, if you have a fireplace, arrange the cards across the mantel. Complete this look by setting pillar candles at the ends of the ledge to frame the collection. You can do something similar on top of a desk or island if you don't have a fireplace.
How to use old Christmas cards
It can be difficult to throw away greeting cards that you've received over the years. They're a nice reminder of the people in your life, and someone took the time to write you a personal note on the inside. However, collecting these messages in a box only creates clutter. Instead of hiding away your old Christmas cards, take them out and make something new.
For example, the front of old cards can be used to create ornaments for your Christmas tree. Find a card image that you like and cut it out. Use a hole punch on the top of the paper and then loop some string through the hole. Voila! Your ornament is done – do this with as many cards as you want.
Another option is to donate your old cards. Many organizations can take your used Christmas cards and reuse them. This is an excellent way to recycle during the holidays, so keep this in mind if you're not sure what to do with your leftover holiday cards this year.