Since the internet with Facebook, blogs, and email have taken over the world, we've been terrible about getting Christmas cards out every year. The holidays get so crazy, it just does not happen. And I blow it off with a, Who cares? Everyone knows everything about our past year anyway because I
But despite my shortcomings in the Christmas greetings department, I thought the kids might benefit from giving a little of themselves to bring cheer to others. So today I littered the kitchen counter with a virtual scrapbooking store's worth of Christmas card making materials. Before we started cutting and pasting, however, I read to them about the history of Christmas cards.
My friend Marianna recommended Lisa Whelchel's book The ADVENTure of Christmas to go along with our 24 Days of Christmas. After calling all bookstores in the area and being told they could order it for me, I decided to order it for myself (I'm handy like that), and it came yesterday. A wonderful book and one we will probably participate in from start to finish next year. For this year, however, I am just going to pick and choose a few of the activities. I love the ideas, the stories, and the illustrations in the book. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for Lisa Whelchel. I got to see her in action in The Facts of Life during one of my furloughs years ago. And I've enjoyed her books on homeschooling and parenting in this season of life.
Anyway, we read about the first man to send a Christmas card and how it was possible with the invention of the first penny stamp. And we talked about the importance of sharing Jesus through our Christmas cards. Then the paper mayhem began.
Just like my mom and I used to do, I offered old Christmas cards to be cut and used as they wished. We had a fun time looking through the old cards to see who they were from and reading the seasons greetings from years past.
Alex had quite a list and completed about 20 cards. The others were a little less ambitious and only did 2 or 3, but they enjoyed their work and used their creativity to come up with the perfect cards. Certainly our card-making session did not produce the 100+ cards Mark and I used to send out when we had our Christmas act together, but these certainly have a more personal and special touch than a form letter with holly and ivy trimming.