No, I haven't forgotten Thanksgiving ... my favorite holiday. But it seems the retail industry has. My kids went berserk when we saw Christmas trees at Target yesterday. And I will admit, I have listened to Christmas music once ... check out the Bing Crosby Christmas channel on Pandora. (White Christmas is my all-time favorite movie and I make Will watch it every year ... he knows all the songs now too.)
Anyway, one of the first things I always do to get ready for the Christmas season is order my Christmas cards. I'm a little late in the game right now, but I have decided to order them from Costco this year so I can pick them up quickly in the store. And, I'm going to order them tomorrow. I've had my pictures since September so I really have no excuse.
I love to receive Christmas cards. Especially photo cards. And I love looking back and previous years' cards. But how is the best way to store them? In the past, I've scrapbooked them in the back of our annual family scrapbook. But, since I haven't done one of those since 2006, it really is not the best solution. Plus, I would like to get the past years' cards out at each Christmas ... not every annual scrapbook for the history of our marriage.
So here is what I have come up with.
(1) Purchase a Christmas Memory box from Paper Coterie. Cost is $38.00 plus shipping. But I got mine for $8 plus shipping because I had a $30 off coupon code. Like them on Facebook. They give you discount codes all the time. Also, follow The Mom Creative (Jessica Turner) on Facebook. She finds and posts coupon codes for this website all the time. I will keep this box out on our coffee table and put our current year's cards in it as they come in.
(2) For past years' cards that are not already scrapbooked, I am going to stack them together, hole punch them and connect them with binder rings and make a notebook of sorts. I found the idea on Pinterest.
I could probably put current cards and past cards clipped together in one box. (These boxes are huge and super-nice ... take my word for it.)
And sorry for all the rambling. Will accidentally made a pot of coffee after dinner so we drank it and now I am going to be up all night long. (He was making the coffee for tomorrow morning and instead of setting the timer to brew in the morning, he turned the machine on and the pot was already half-way full when we realized.)