It’s no secret that I love handwritten mail. Stationary stores make me swoon, thick paper and the perfect writing pen makes me feel all tingly inside. That said, I feel like a handwritten note of any kind (even one on a sticky note) can mean a whole lot more than even the grandest gestures (my husband is a master at this – and I’ve got stacks of notes and cards from him). I think the best part about handwritten mail is that it’s something that you can hold and read over and over again – knowing that the sender also held this same card in their hands as they wrote the note.
This year we’re planning to keep things simple but also meaningful for the holidays. There will still be a good dose of Santa and Rudolph and the fun that goes with those aspects, but we’re putting more focus on the birth of our Savior, hope, light, love and service. Our kiddos are getting older and although they may not always understand it completely yet, I know that they can feel the Spirit in their hearts and that they recognize it for what it truly is. That’s the feeling I want them to remember about Christmas and really throughout the entire year.
Melissa Esplin’s Gratitude Cards & Art Print are the perfect way to put together a simple activity for a fun family night – and it won’t add a bunch of items to your to do list. Simply download the files at the bottom of the post and print them on a home color printer or at your favorite copy shop. Melissa’s even kept little ones in mind with her card designs – that lined Thank You note is going to be a big hit with my 5 year old.
As a family we’re working to memorize simple scriptures (my kids are 2 and 5, so sometimes we even just focus on a phrase). I often try to design a scripture print that we can hang in our kitchen so we can work on memorizing or talk about it at meal times. Tonight, we’ll be reading the scripture as part of our family night lesson along with watching this beautiful video which is part of the #LightTheWorld campaign. Then for our activity, we’ll brainstorming as a family about who we can write our notes to and what we’re grateful for! I think my favorite part will be thinking of the smiles that will come when they find our holiday gratitude cards in their mailbox!
Download Melissa Esplin’s Holiday Cards & Art Print – FREE