Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Card Exchange

We have a Christmas tradition at our church. We exchange Christmas cards with each other. It helps to save postage and yet give a bit of Christmas cheer to our spiritual family members young and old alike. We’ve done it several different ways = many years ago, the youth group arranged to deliver the cards for five cents a card for a fund-raiser. Several years later, our son, with my help, decorated a box like a huge gift (covered it with green contact paper, a red bow and ribbon) as a community service project. The box had a multi-slotted insert that was divided up alphabetically. Another year we had a basket and the greeters in their off-minutes, would rearrange the cards by families whenever someone dropped their cards off. Last year, I offered to make a new church telephone directory and it was ready for distribution by Christmas card time. This year, I went to the Hancock Fabric store to buy a piece of material to make a tablecloth for a nice-sized (meaning tall), but ugly table for the Christmas Card exchange table in the narthex. I also painted a wooden sign stand in red and green acrylic paint, glitzed it up with a bit of glitter glue around the edges and made a card-sized cardstock sign of red and white embossed paper attached to the back with foam tape. In the center of the card is a QuikCut bracket diecut in aluminum foil tape framing the hand-lettered wording “Christmas Card Exchange” and 3 small silk poinsettas are attached to the upper right corner with green brads.
I would love to hear what you’ve done at your church to arrange a station for a Christmas card exchange. Please post your ideas in the comment section below. Christmas Greetings!

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