We haven't put up a Christmas tree in our home in years.
Before you begin making assumptions about our family, please know that we are not "anti-Christmas". Though we do not believe Jesus was born on December 25, we do enjoy celebrating His birth.
One aspect of the holiday that we particularly enjoy is receiving cards, pictures, and newsletters from family and friends. Photos are slipped into magnetic frames and placed on the fridge, where they will be enjoyed throughout the new year.
What to do with all those cards...
We usually hang them around the door frame between the kitchen and living room. But last year I came across this neat idea...
Isaac found several branches in our woods and put them into this vase, then filled the vase with rocks from the driveway. We placed our "tree" on the television and graced it with white lights.
Then we hung ornaments and cards on the branches. This cute deer ornament was made by my sweet and brilliant grandchildren (with a little help from their Momma)!
This was mine and Terry's very first Christmas ornament that we purchased 26 years ago!
We hole-punched the cards, placed a hook in the hole, and then hung them with care onto the branches to be enjoyed throughout the season.
Okay, so we can't really fit any gifts beneath our "tree", but it does serve its purpose and brightens the living room as well.
What do you do with all those Christmas cards???