What to do with Christmas cards after the holidays?

I save photo cards after Christmas and make holiday place-mats with them.

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My grandmother actually did this years ago and we used to LOVE looking at Christmas 1965 or whatever underneath our plates. (Oh look! There’s Aunt Jodie strangling the cat in front of the Christmas tree!!)

My own kids love it too. I have a place-mat for every year since 1996.

Obviously there are too many for the table now, so last year I started hanging them up for display.

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Anyways, if you want to use this idea, all you have to do is make a collage of the cards and take it to Kinko’s (I mean Fed-Ex Office) to laminate. Keep it to around 11″ x 16″ so you have a good seal on the edge around it, unless you want to get them to laminate it for you on the big machine.

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I use the self laminator after the Place-Mat Disaster of ’02. (Their big machine ate my beautiful collage. It was horrifying. I managed to replace it, but still.)

This costs $3.99, which is not bad for the amount of fun we get out of looking at them year after year.

Okay. End of tutorial. More jokes tomorrow!

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