Blog Description

A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

7 Ways to Display Christmas Cards

Monday, December 7, 2015


A gathering of angels,

or of Santas,

or of the Holy family,

or of any Christmas cards,

are some of the things that are part of Christmas for me. 



Christmas is still a few weeks away, 
but here is a 
CHRISTMAS 
beautiful idea... 


...really SEVEN ideas that I use to celebrate 
 ✯  CHRISTMAS  IN  TEXAS  






Deep in the  of Texas,
26 talented Texas bloggers from across the state,
and that's a lot of territory and talent to cover,
are sharing their ideas for ways to celebrate

December 7 - 11, 2015

Thank you, Stacey at Poofing the Pillows,
for hosting this week of an incredible Christmas in Texas and
for inviting Botanic Bleu to join the party!

 At the end of the post,
see the list of bloggers who are also on today's schedule for
sharing their Christmas in Texas.

You don't want to miss any of these great posts about
decorations, crafts, recipes, and overall Texas holiday cheer.



Now, gather your old Christmas cards, and save your new cards as they arrive.  

For those ready to celebrate Christmas
throughout the house and the holidays,
here are seven (7) ways to display Christmas cards.

Ideas can be used in any state, or country, not just Texas!  
;) wink 



DISPLAY  IDEA #1: By Themes 


Most Christmas card displays in my home are by themes. 
Over the years I have saved cards either 
because I thought they were too beautiful to throw away 
or because they were from someone special. 

Little by little, over the years, themes emerged in my collections. 
Angels ~ Santas ~ The Holy Family ~ Poinsettias ~ Silhouettes 

When displaying Christmas cards, think about ways to group together 
several cards that have the same theme, like in Idea #2 below. 

A themed collection can have a bigger impact as a display than 
a group of cards with a variety of themes. 


 DISPLAY  IDEA #2: Door Card Holders 


All of the cards on this vertical, over-the-door card holder are 
images of angels collected over many years. 
The over-the-door vertical card holder requires very little space 
and can be hung on any door. 

This one hangs on the door between my bedroom and the kitchen 
which means I enjoy seeing these cards often during the day. 
Every time I go into the bedroom, I get to look at these beauties. 

Visitors also get to enjoy these cards since they are visible 
from the breakfast table, from the kitchen, and from part of the living room. 



Most of these cards are either from my sister or one I sent to friends. 
Even if I send a different design to everyone else, I often buy one 
beautiful angel card to send to my sister. 
Of course, I always buy at least two such cards, 
one for her, one for me. 



Other great places to hang over-the-door card holders are 
on entry coat closet doors, guest bathroom doors, and kitchen pantry doors. 
Don't forget about the back of the front door. 
Guests get one last look of Christmas as they leave your house.  



This card holder is tree shaped with a star-shaped top that easily fits on a hook. 

Dress up card holders by adding Christmas greenery. 
The preserved boxwood star fits right over top the card holder's top star, 
making it look like a tree topper does on a live Christmas tree.  

Once the holidays are over, the card holder is easy to store in a closet 
over a coat hanger at one end of the closet rod where it lies flat against the wall. 
If stored in the same closet where it was displayed, 
it will be easy to find next year. 



Not quite enough of one kind of card for your display? 
There are not enough Santa cards with predominantly 
red and white colors in my card collection to fill the entire card holder. 

Y E T 

What to do? 
Mix two themes, with one theme at the top  
transitioning to the second theme at the bottom. 
Keep the lighter colors at the top and 
the darker colors at the bottom to visually ground the display. 

If all of the cards have the same color value (all dark or all light), 
then a second idea is to intersperse the two themes 
throughout the entire display. 


 DISPLAY  IDEA #3: Baskets 


Another way to display cards is in a wire basket on a 
chippy green vintage folding chair in the front entry. 
A single preserved boxwood bouquet adds a touch of green 
to complement the cards' colors. 
The ones shown do not have a common theme;  
rather these are just a grouping of cards and envelopes I find beautiful. 


 DISPLAY  IDEA #4: Fan Shaped Wire Holder 


The colors in these vintage Christmas postcards are still vibrant. 
Most of these postcards have a common theme 
of a carriage on a snowy lane. 
I found almost all of these at an antique dealer's stall in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 
There was a whole photo album of vintage Christmas cards, but 
I only bought ones with the snowy carriage theme or a bird theme. 

The bird themed Christmas postcards 
were sold in my annual Christmas event that year. 
This stand fans out with varying heights of silver colored metal holders. 
It easily fits on a coffee table or a mantel. 

Perhaps someday my personal collection of Christmas cards will be sold in an 
estate sale to someone who loves vintage cards, or to someone who sells antiques, 
or to someone who simply likes angels or Santas. 



 DISPLAY  IDEA #5: Mantel  


Displaying cards on a mantel is probably the most popular way 
to show cards received for the current season, 
but consider displaying cards collected over several years 
with a common design instead of ones received just this year. 

Santa is on each of these cards, 
many of which came from the same couple. 
The wife has several collections of Santas and loves sending Santa cards. 
It is an easy display that does not require a special holder. 
When arranging the cards, vary the heights across the 
entire mantel length and layer the cards by 
placing some behind others to peek out. 


 DISPLAY  IDEA #6: Shelf  


A striking display of cards can be achieved with 
only a few cards used with other elements. 
The two end cards are non-matching white silhouettes 
with cut-out designs of holy land cities.  
The wise men cards are not the exact same design, 
but have the same blue night sky with a white border. 
On either side of a cluster of glass lanterns and globes with candles, 
the wise men seem to be following a brightly-lit star. 

Only when I pulled out my cards did I think of putting these four together this way. 

So, save the cards you like.  
The next year you may receive other cards that go with previously saved ones. 


 DISPLAY  IDEA #6: Framed  


Sometimes one very special card in a frame becomes a focal point 
such as this one on the guest bathroom sink vanity top.  
Watch for standard sized frames at 
Michaels, HomeGoods, and Hobby Lobby. 



Santa overlooking the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France 
adds a little French Country Christmas to my Texas home. 
When traveling to your favorite vacation places or to your childhood hometown, 
look for cards with local Christmas scenes to display each year. 


 DISPLAY  IDEA #7: Table Centerpiece  


A single card works well in a table centerpiece 
when its design reiterates other items in the centerpiece. 
Santa's herd of deer on the card echoes 
the herd of silver deer that are the main part of the vignette. 
This card was from a very special aunt and uncle 
a couple of years before my aunt died. 
Aunt Iris had a real flair for decorating and would have 
enjoyed this table grouping. 



Cards are indeed one of the beautiful ideas of Christmas 
and mark the names and nearness of friends. 
Customs change over the years, and Christmas cards 
are no longer as plentiful in my mailbox 
as they were for many years 
which makes each one an even more treasured 
token of love and friendship. 



~~~~✯~~~~ 
Today's Christmas in Texas schedule is 


Hop over for 4 more posts today to see how Texas bloggers celebrate Christmas. 

Today is just the beginning.  
There are four more fantastic days filled with Christmas in Texas.  

So, the rest of this week, hop over to 
for the list of each day's very special 
Texas in Christmas posts. 
A total of 26 Christmas-inspiring posts. 

~~~~✯~~~~ 

If you enjoyed this Christmas Beautiful Idea, you may also like 


~~~~✯~~~~ 
~~~~❦~~~~ 
Please join me at these inspiring sites...

MONDAY

TUESDAY

34 comments:

Stacey said...

Judith, I love the idea of sorting the cards by theme! I'm so glad you shared this idea because it's beautiful and smart. Your displays are so pretty around your house.

Thank you so much for sharing this week.

Merry Christmas to you sweet neighbor.

Stacey :)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Judith, Love all these wonderful card display ideas. The tree on the door is a favorite. Such great ways to enjoy all those pretty cards we receive throughout the season. Thanks for sharing. So enjoyed my visit. I'm from North Texas and my day is Wednesday. Have fun and Merry Christmas. xo

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Very clever ideas! Merry Christmas! xo, Andrea

Julie Lilacs and Longhorns said...

Thanks for sharing so many beautiful ideas for displaying cards! I've been contemplating what I'm going to do with mine this year.
So happy to be touring with you! Merry Christmas!

Sarah said...

Judith, I'm such a collector I'm surprised I never thought to do this idea. Ha! Actually, I saved Christmas cards year after year, mainly because I couldn't part with them because of the special notes or family photos. But last year in the big purge, I admit that I let them go. ;-(
I love the idea of gathering a theme, and you have some gorgeous examples. Thanks for sharing all the different ways to spotlight these beautiful cards that are such a big part of Christmas. All the Christmas cards we receive are kept in a big bowl in the living room. I like to pull them out and read them again and again.
Merry Texas Christmas, my friend!

Lisa said...

Such great ideas! I absolutely love the tree and I am going to remember to frame the special cards! Especially the handmade ones or the family pictures. Thanks for the how-to's.

Eilis said...

You have inspired me... I promise not to leave our Christmas cards in a stack on the counter this year!
Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere

Estelle's said...

Hi Judith! This is all just so lovely! Christmas cards are normally so beautiful and I love, love, love the collection you have and the various ways to show them on diplay! Thank you so much for sharing such lovely inspiration! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas....I popped over from Estelle's and invite you to visit!

Kim said...

So pretty Judith, one and all. I love the framing idea. Super sweet! I have a ton of dollar store frames laying around...hmmm. Now I just have to wait for the cards to show up! ;)

bj said...

These ideas are just perfect...thanks so much for the inspiration.

Katie said...

What great inspiration, I am terrible at the cards. You make it all look beautiful. I am so glad we were on the blog tour today together, such awesome ladies!!

Susan Freeman said...

These are wonderful ideas for displaying Christmas cards. I save all my favorites each year and now have a big, big collection. Finding new ways to display them is just what I need!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Linda said...

What an amazing collection of cards you have and equally amazing ways to display them! I have kept cards for years and years and now I am inspired to actually USE them as decorations!!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

These are lovely ways to display Christmas cards, I especially like the idea of framing them.
Merry Christmas,
Jemma

Benita Roberts said...

I love the ideas and such a beautiful collection of cards. Believe it or not, how to display the Christmas cards is something I struggle with every year! I think I will pick one of these and give it a try! Headed to check out the other Texas homes! :-)

Serve In Faith said...

Beautiful and useful ideas! I always struggle with what to do with them and they often end up in a stack somewhere. I am now inspired!

Kim Jones said...

Creative and helpful ideas here! I love getting Christmas cards and having them out to look at over and over again! Thanks for sharing!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Hi Judith! Wonderful ideas! I love the tree idea on the door! I think I might have to try that this year! Thank you for sharing. Feel free to share this at Make it Pretty Monday which goes live tonight at 8:00PM CST. Have a lovely afternoon. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Katie Mansfield said...

Wonderful ideas. Congratulations on being part of the tour. I love, love the cards on the door.
Katie
Let's Add Sprinkles

Laura said...

Judith- I love every single tip.
You have inspired me to do more than just have them in a pretty bowl.
I am a Texas blogger too-
I enjoyed visiting!
Stop by on Dec. 10th if you have time.

Laura
White Spray Paint

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Such wonderful ideas! I never thought about seperating my cards and displaying them by theme, but it sure looks great!

bj said...

Thankss so much for following...I am following you, too. :)
My Texas Christmas post will be tomorrow and..I'm scared. Yours is so pretty...others are so pretty...mine is so...downhome, for a lack of a better word...what you see is what you get...and will you please come over and take a look in the morning? I need your moral support...:)
this has been fun, tho. xoxo

Art and Sand said...

Steve just asked me today what I planned to do to display all the cards as they arrive. Now I have some ideas.

Jaybird said...

Your cards are so lovely! I too keep the special ones, and they are in a basket. The new incoming ones are clipped to the top of cafe' curtains in our dining room. When my kids come around, that is the first place they head for...just to see the cards and new pictures of our old friends :^) I smiled at your group of diecut cards. I have saved a number of those and use them as a back drop to our manger scene.
Thank you so much for posting all of these great ideas!
Blessings,
J

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh I'm getting some new ideas. I usually put ours on the library table so that we can walk by and pick them up to look at again. I love the ones on the doors though. Thanks! Holiday hugs, Diane

Decor To Adore said...

I absolutely adore the idea of grouping treasured cards into themes. I too am a card saver and just might have to borrow this great idea.
May all the joys of the season be yours.

Bernideen said...

Great suggestions and unique photos!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

What beautiful ideas these are. I have been keeping most of mine in a basket, and also displayed some on shelves. But just a few days ago I placed some really pretty vintagey ones in big frames. They look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas with us.

Art and Sand said...

Thanks for linking to the party!

Rhondi said...

What great ideas for displaying cards!!

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing some of your awesome ideas!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

I love your ideas on displaying cards. I often put the most special in frames to display. Thanks for sharing!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

PS
I am now following. Love finding fellow Texans. :-)

Miz Helen said...

I have a collection of Christmas Cards and you have given me some great ideas how to display them. Your cards are just beautiful and your post a great addition to the tour.
Merry Christmas!
Miz Helen