OPINION: Challenge of Christmas card displays

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 January 2018


In our house, the Christmas tree and most of the decorations are put up to celebrate my daughter’s birthday on December 18 – although she doesn’t live here any more but that’s tradition for you! – and they are taken down and put away after my husband Christopher’s birthday on January 6.

And this year, we received about 150 beautiful cards and I must confess that the cards didn’t join the display until Christmas Eve because Christopher and I could not agree as to how we were going to display them.

We’ve tried everything – perforated ribbons with those little pegs ( not enough ribbons or pegs), special holders (the cards fall off), stapling them together (staples have to be removed before the cards are recycled) and we’re definitely never going to use double sided sticky tape again as that led to the fire in the sitting room last year! So what to do?

I do want to find a way to display the cards as they are lovely, some hand-made or specially designed, and they are full of good wishes and so many memories. A few friends include ‘Round Robin’ letters of varying interest – do we all really want to know that a cousin has had her settee recovered? she obviously thought so - and some have e mailed their greetings saying that they are not sending paper cards this year but making charitable donations instead. Sensible – but there’s nothing to hold and look at and think of the sender.

Perhaps next Christmas we’ll do better – I’ve got a whole year to devise a new system!

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