I love receiving greeting cards whether its for a birthday or for Christmas or for some other holiday (or for no reason at all). They usually are pretty to look at and it is nice to receive some well written words of love. We have always displayed greeting cards that we receive. As a child, the birthday girl or boy (or mom or dad) would set out their cards on a small end table so that the cards could be enjoyed for a couple of days or weeks after the event. And my parents would come up with different ways to display the Christmas cards they received. Some years it was making a Christmas tree shape on the wall and filling it in with the cards, other times it was putting them in a basket out for display.
Because I like to enjoy my cards, I wanted to find a way to display them without standing them up on a table. One of my chores as a child was to dust (which I did not like to begin with) and when there were cards out you had to take them down, dust, and then stand them back up. And invariably some of them would fall over and knock others over.
A few years ago I found this card holder tree from Pottery Barn:
It must be pretty popular. I bought mine probably 12 years ago or so and it has hung in a couple of my apartments, my condo and now my house. I like it because it can be hung vertically or horizontally depending on your space.
Our card holder tree hangs in our dining room. It fits perfectly in the space between the pass through to the kitchen and the doorway to the kitchen. I have hung mine vertically because of the space (and let’s face it I’m too short to hang it horizontally because it would have to be above the pass through and I could never hang anything from it without getting a stepladder).
My husband and I hang our birthday cards on it. I also hang all of my Christmas cards from it. It is so nice to look at all of your children’s beautiful, smiling faces on your Christmas cards while we eat dinner. We go through times of the year when we do not receive many greeting cards so then I hang pictures from it, little notes, wedding invitations, postcards from the Iowa Summer Writer’s Workshop or other small tokens.
(Silly golden retriever cards, a picture of my husband and me with our late dog Penelope, a poppy from the veterans, and a shamrock)
(An anniversary card, a summer writer’s workshop postcard, an angel pin, and yet another silly golden retriever card)
I also discovered that Trader Joe’s sells greeting cards for $.99 . I saw a couple of cards that inspired me, so I bought them for myself and hung them on my card tree holder.
Basically, I hang anything on my card tree holder that inspires me or makes me happy. And since I walk by the spot every day several times a day I get to enjoy all of it often. Thank you to all of you who send me cards and other inspirational tokens. They are very much enjoyed. –June