It’s Not Too Late To Send Christmas Cards

It’s Not Too Late – Send Digital Christmas Cards

A group of colorful christmas cards laid out on a table.The holidays are a season to spend time with family and friends. But there will inevitably be people you don’t get to spend time with. This provides a perfect opportunity for you to encourage your children to create digital Christmas cards. A card is always a great way to let others know that you are thinking of them at Christmas. Online cards can be sent at any time during the holidays so it is never too late to add someone to your digital Christmas card list!  

Life Skills

Not only are your homeschoolers using their creativity online to make the digital cards, but they are practicing what they have learned. They are also learning about new tools and life skills. When children and teens make digital holiday cards they will use the following valuable skills:

  • Writing: a holiday card needs at least a short message on it. This gives your children the opportunity to practice writing using good grammar and correct spelling.
  • Creativity: the act of creating the digital card will allow them to express their own personalities and make something unique.
  • Techie skills: using online tools to create digital holiday cards is a great way to help your children hone their computer skills. 

Types of Digital Cards

There are at least three types of digital cards they can create: e-cards, printed cards that they design online and interactive digital cards.

E-cards

There are many online websites that offer the ability to create and send e-cards for free. Typically there will be a limited choice of the type of card and the graphics for the card. But you do still have input in the final product and your children should be able to add their own message. 

This type of card can be created by younger children with some help from an older sibling or a parent. Even if children can’t write, they can dictate their message. Websites like Smilebox even allow you to add some fun music!

The website at Hallmark ecards has lots of cute animated cards to choose from. You can add your own message and select a font and style for the message to be written in.

Printed Cards Designed Online

Everyone enjoys getting snail mail – and your children might want to create a card that can be displayed on a mantlepiece. If they aren’t talented enough to hand draw their cards, being able to create digital cards will be a big help. Tools like Canva and Adobe Spark make designing cards easy, even for those with little artistic ability. 

You don’t need to pay to use the basic versions of these tools, and your children will really be able to be very creative in what they produce. Your only cost will be printing the card and mailing it.

Interactive Digital Cards

Challenge your children to take their holiday cards to a whole new level by coding them as an interactive card! The easiest programming language to do this with is Scratch. You can learn more about the Scratch programming language in episode 37 of the Homeschooling with Technology podcast. 

It is really easy for children and teens to learn, but if they need a little help, consider enrolling them in FundaFunda Academy’s Scratch Christmas Coding contest. Not only will they learn the basics of Scratch for just $5, but they will also be eligible to win a gift card. And of course, they will gain the knowledge of how to create a very cool interactive card that will wow family and friends. You can find all the details of the contest HERE.

Practical and Fun

As you can see, online and digital cards can be done quickly and sent out right away so it really is never too late to send them. Plus, creating digital holiday cards is simple enough for children of all ages! This project gives them an opportunity to use and learn valuable skills.  And of course, the recipients will feel loved and remembered when they receive them. So put the kids in charge of the holiday cards this year and check that task off your to-do list, mom! 

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Last Minute Details

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Sure, I know, you’ve said this before: “Next year I will not wait for the last minute.” However, we all know that life gets in the way. Some things cannot wait, such as laundry, eating, or sleeping—even if you’re a little short on all of those. Something has to give, and I promise you that it will be okay. Our last day of school is today, a full eight shopping days before Christmas. You may or may not take a big break for Christmas, but for our family, it is a time to regroup.

The workload is still there, along with the many things that must be accomplished each day. However, now we have a chance to take a break, go out for a bike ride or a walk, or just sit around and read a book! In between we will clean the house, do some last-minute decorations, and bake. (As you know, I *love* baking!)

On my to-do list was finishing the house decorations, since I always change out my door wreaths. Nothing super fancy—but pretty all the same. I have oversized front doors and each one has a hanging wreath that is evergreen (fake of course), with pine cones. Depending on the season, I decorate them with fake flowers, and it makes the house look so festive. Since I had totally forgotten about my front door wreaths, I just did them recently!

What is on your to-do list that you’ve forgotten? Now is the time to take a hard look, before the Christmas Eve rush sneaks up on you.

Marnie Swedberg gave us some great advice in the broadcast on Vintage Homeschool Moms—this information is so helpful in every season. You’ll want to listen to the audio and check out the handout for yourself, but for right now I want to share Marnie’s great idea that some traditions need to go! Why? Because no one cares.

Wow. Isn’t that earth-shattering? We may spend hours doing things that no one cares about—but if something is meaningful, by all means either do it, do it together, or delegate this task to the person who loves doing it.

In our family, that means I’m in charge of all the cookie dough prep, but when it comes time to bake the cookies, then everyone helps out: that includes washing cookie trays and sweeping the kitchen floor if needed.

We had a family tradition of home-made Christmas fudge, passed down from my husband’s grandmother, but since I didn’t care to continue that tradition, I passed the recipe on to my teenager. This turned into a win-win situation: Anne came through with flying colors and the Gerwitz household declared her fudge to be as good as Grandma Mart’s! (Gasp!) I’m happy the tradition continued and I am not the one making it!

What are your traditions? If  you want to keep them, how can you use teamwork or delegation to renew your energy?

Whatever you do, make sure you fill up with the Lord each day! What refreshes you? Recharge in short bursts if you can—another tidbit I learned from the interview with Marnie today!

May you find peace and joy today—that is my prayer for you! What is yours?