Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Second Time Around

What to do with old Christmas cards? Over the years they are used as future gift tags, craft supplies for next year's Christmas ornaments and maybe just stuffed in a drawer to read again at another time.

Last year I tore off the front of the cards thinking that this year the girls could cut them out as I had years ago and make gift tags. The stack sat amid our supplies for our 25 Days of Christmas craft supplies. The ornament pile grew and the dust began to settle on the old cards. I'm not sure why I didn't throw them away.

"Grammy, can I have these," Gabby asked with the old card fronts in her hand.

"Sure. What are you going to do with them?" I asked.

"It's a surprise," she replied.

For the next few days she toiled over the cards.

"Grammy, can you hide these for me until Christmas?" she asked holding up the pile of cards. "You can't look at them."

I hid them for her, not looking at them. They were almost forgotten when I stumbled upon them tucked away behind the clothes hamper. Obviously, Gabby had almost forgotten as well.

"You still can't look," she informed me. 

Christmas day arrived. Gabby handed her precious cards out to each of us...including her sister. The card was priceless, a gift of her heart.

An old card worth even more the second time around.

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