Raejean Roberts loves to spend time with her family celebrating life! She's always looking for a way to turn an everyday event into a party. You can read more of her adventures on her personal blog Easy as PIE.

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Family Christmas Card Tradition

What’s your family’s Christmas card tradition?  Is it Mom buys or makes the Christmas cards, Mom signs the Christmas cards, Mom writes the Christmas letter and Mom addresses the envelops?  That used to be how Christmas cards worked in our family too.  It’s amazing what one little set of twins can do to a Mom!  It was challenging to find a free hand to cook and clean, much less tackle the busyness of Christmas.  We did some serious simplifying that year, including the Christmas cards!

Our Christmas cards had been homemade for so long, I couldn’t bear to send store bought Christmas cards (or spend the extra money).  So with my card making supplies and rubber stamps on hand, I designed a simple card that included a job or two for my husband, my older kids and me.  The cards went around the table assembly line style.  The first person folded the cardstock in half, and then everyone stamped in the appropriate place (or close to it).  By the time the cards came around the table, they were finished.  It took about 30 minutes.  If you’re not a rubber stamper, you can use patterned paper, clip art, stickers or let your children draw pictures.

I had to keep telling myself it didn’t matter if everything wasn’t positioned correctly or if there was a smudge here and there.  I even put something in our Christmas letter about the family project of making Christmas cards, hoping they would understand why the cards weren’t up to my previous standard.  Several relative thought that was a cute idea and I was satisfied with that year’s alternative.

I was caught a little off guard the following November when the kids asked when we were going to make Christmas cards again!  We?  With a little hesitation, Christmas cards became a family thing.  Several years down the road and I love it!  We recently made 45 Christmas cards in about an hour.  The designs are a little more complex and we enjoy the time we spend together and the tradition.   Now I just need to convince them to help address the envelopes!

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  1. nerfkiller 01/16/2011 at 4:18 pm

    I like that Idea of Christmas cards. 🙂

  2. Jen Price 12/02/2010 at 12:09 pm

    I love this! Sitting around the table making cards sounds so fun!

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  4. Tina Ball 12/01/2010 at 5:47 pm

    I love it! We set up an assembly line last year – my kids are 12, 11, 7, 6, and 2. Some of the cards had that “homemade” look – but the kids loved helping!

  5. Anonymous 11/30/2010 at 9:29 pm

    Keep it simple and I’m sure they will love it!

  6. Anonymous 11/30/2010 at 5:23 pm

    Great idea! I’m about to the same place this year, now that I have a 6 & 4yo, I think we can manage this!