What We Do With Our Christmas Cards After Christmas

I hope you had a great Christmas!

It has been a busy post-Christmas week here at our house. We’ve been doing some cleaning, purging, and rearranging around the house, made a visit to IKEA, several trips to the thrift store, and even did a few Craigslist deals. Our Christmas stuff is packed up and I am ready to ring in 2015, but first I thought I’d pass along this great idea that I got last year from my friend Jennifer, who is always an inspiration to me as a mother.

If you are busy packing up your Christmas decorations and are unsure of what to do with all the Christmas cards you received, instead of throwing them away or putting them up in a keepsake box, use them as a reminder to pray for your friends and family throughout the year!

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We divide our cards into two stacks, one for family and one for friends. This way Jack and Aidan both have someone to pray for each day, and we rotate through our cards quicker, allowing us to pray for each family more frequently throughout the year. If some of our friends or family were unable to send out cards, we keep the most recent card that we have from them or we write their names on an index card and add it to the stack. Then we simply punch a hole in the corner of the cards and put them on a large ring that I found at the craft store.

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We hang our cards on our kitchen cart and each morning during our family prayer time, the boys each take a ring of cards and turn the past day’s card to the back to see who we will pray for that day. This is their favorite part of our prayer time!

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I’ll never forget the Sunday that a sweet lady from church came up to me and told me how much it blessed her when Jack told her that he had prayed for her earlier that week. If one of your goals for 2015 is to be more intentional about praying together is a family, this is a great place to begin!

Well tomorrow is the 1st, but I have been so busy with hands-on projects that I haven’t had anytime to sit down and do any 2015 goal planning myself, but I am hoping to find some time to work on my Powersheets in the next day or two. I have some things stirring in my heart and I can’t wait to set aside some time to really process those feelings and put pen to paper.

Whether you are busy packing up Christmas stuff and planning for the new year or lingering in the Christmas season with family and friends, I hope that you are finding peace and joy in your heart.

Happy New Year!

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