Once the smiles have faded, the snores are ricocheting around the room, and there’s Xmas carnage everywhere, what do you do? You start tidying up. That might mean binning or recycling the wrapping paper (great idea to tear neatly and quietly secret it away for the rest of the year), getting the kitchen de-bomb shelled (make a stock to use for soups and gravies?) and then putting your feet up. But once everybody has gone, life starts to resume as ‘normal’ (even though you have NYE to contend with) and there’s one glaring reminder that IT’S NOT OVER YET. Christmas cards.On a string, cluttering a mantelpiece, stuck on surfaces…they’re everywhere. Or at least feels like it. I’ve tried the ‘green’ route of suggesting e-cards, but am annually met with accusations of being a bah humbug by my wife. I suppose she’s right. Now that our son is on the cusp of two years old, Christmas is slowly becoming more and more about him, and less about us. Fair enough. He’ll be ‘making’ us a card this year, no doubt. One to keep, but again, what about the others?
You can bin them, or recycle them with the rest of the paper, or, be a little creative (we got there in the end).
If you keep your Christmas cards you could use them for a variety of cost-cutting exercises, and be all artsy and crafty at other people’s expense.
Cut them up into whatever shape you want, to use them as … GIFT TAGS! We found that a bold, bright snip of a card against a ‘quieter’ wrapping paper acts as a great contrast and looks great under the tree. You could even get your little one(s) to help, with baby scissors.
If there’s a blank side in the card, carefully cut it off and compile a pile, roughly the same size. Use a big bulldog clip, or punch holes and use string, but you can make a paper pad, ideal to keep in the care or for out eating with the lil’uns – doodle the hell out of it.
Sit down. Get cutting and make a collage with the kids. Basically, get as creative as you want. Remember, Xmas cards aren’t just for Christmas!
This blog post was written for 2 bottles of milk by Gary Lewis
Gary blogs over @ Gary Lewis Writer he is also a member of the Dad Network where this collaboration started.