We love receiving Christmas cards from friends, family, and missionaries. Some of them are full of photos giving us a glimpse into their lives, many of whom live too far away for us to experience life together. Other Christmas cards are a simple remember of the "Reason for the Season". Then the time comes to toss the tree on the curb, take the lights down, and fit everything back into the "Christmas decore" box for another 10 months in the New Year. So what do we do with these fantastic cards from the people we love?
A friend of our in Texas gave us a great idea that we have heard repeated a few times since then, and I thoguht I would share it with you. Stack all of the cards together, count them, and mix them up a bit. Divide that number by 365 days or 52 weeks. (We can use 52 cards for our an easy math example giving us 1 card per week -- you might have 2 cards per week or 1 card every 2 weeks which means you would go through the stack twice). Stick the cards in a napkin holder and set them on your breakfast or dining room table. Every week, think and pray for the friend whose card is in the front of the stack. Give them a call, reconnect with them and enrich your relationship with them. Next week, take the card from the front and move it to the back. If you have fewer than 52, you will see this one again. Who knows what your friend will be going through on the day you call them because the Christmas card "just happens" to be in the front that week. We will also be adding and updating missionary prayer cards to the stack as the year progresses.
We really love this idea. It is an easy way to keep your friends and family at the front of your mind and to recconect with them through out the year.