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Sending Christian Cards to Say Thanks: Teaching Your Children the Importance of Saying Thank You

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The Holly and the Ivy

Parents have so much they want to pass along to their children. First and foremost, Christian parents want to hand off the baton of faith. But there is a lot for parents to teach in terms of how that faith plays out in daily life. Being the recipients of a salvation that we did not earn, we are above all grateful. And while children may feel thankful in their heart, they will need the guidance of mom and dad to learn how to make expressing thanks a lifelong habit.

After Christmas is a great time to teach children the importance of saying Thank You. Now that all those presents under the tree have been unwrapped and put to the test, it is time to let the gift-givers know how each item is enjoyed. Parents can buy a packet of Christian cards and sit down with their kids to acknowledge them.

The habit of saying Thank You starts in the home. Every person in the home should be saying those words to one another in the course of each day. But even those people who live under the same roof with us would love to receive a formal Thank You card.

Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents are not required to give gifts to children. Gifts are free-will offerings from the heart and, as such, they should be acknowledged. Children who write a thank you note to family members are learning something important about maintaining healthy relationships.

Far away relatives did not have the gift-giver’s pleasure of watching your child open their present. They are waiting to hear more about how your child likes their gift. Help your child see that this person thought enough to send a gift and that they should recognize that gift with a thank you card.

It’s also a good idea to teach your children to write an appreciative note for actions. Maybe someone took your child to a special event or perhaps they have given your child special attention or help – these kindnesses should be noted and thanked. Each time you have your child send a thank you card, you are teaching them to realize the kindness of others.

School age children can write their own thank you cards. They need only mention the gift or action and write a brief line or two about why it was appreciated. Thank you notes don’t have to be long – but they are more meaningful when they are a step beyond email and texting.

If your child is still too young to write their own card, have them draw a picture of the gift or of themselves enjoying the present. Parents can write down the words that young child say inside the card. Let your child enjoy putting the stamp on the envelope.

People of all ages appreciate receiving a written word of thanks. Keep Christian cards on hand and make writing thank you notes a regular part of life. Christian cards are available at many stores, including the online store The Printery House, where cards are made with great care. We are thankful every day for the gift of Jesus. And every day there is something for which to give thanks.

Saying Thank You to Someone Who Has Been an Encouragement to You: Send a Christian Greeting Card

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So Grateful For You: Thank You Card

It’s easy to take for granted all the little (and big) things that others do to make your life journey more pleasant. What is not so easy is to take some time to recognize how other people are removing stumbling stones from your path and cheering you on from day to day. Being grateful takes intentionality and effort. Yet the rewards of thankfulness are many. And what could be a better time to decide to write out some words of thanks than November, the month of Thanksgiving?

So, this month why not plan to write a few Christian greeting cards to express your gratitude? I say write them because pen and ink communicate gratitude a bit more emphatically than emails and text messages. It takes a bit more time to choose a card and then choose your words and then put them in a mailbox – but that is exactly why they are more valuable to others!

The simplest cards to write are thank you cards for a gift received. Thanks for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts etc. require only an acknowledgement of the gift and then a line or two about how you intend to use or enjoy the gift. Simple right?

But encouragement is a gift as well. Give thanks for how people are impacting your life and don’t take their help for granted. If you give it five or ten minutes of focused thought, you will be able to come up with a list of people who have given you the gift of
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It could be the coach of your child’s sports team who always finds something positive to say to your little one. It might be a teacher in your life (this could be at school, at church, in business or in a club). Maybe you’ve been blessed to have a mentor in your life; an older person who has given you wise counsel and advice when situations in your life seemed uncertain. Or maybe someone just had a gentle word when you really needed one.

It would be nice to mention a specific occasion when the person encouraged you, but it isn’t necessary. A general word of thanks for their help is okay. Whenever possible, tell the person how their support or action impacted you in terms of where you are today. If you feel stuck, there are places online where you can even find helpful wording for your card.

Most importantly, it’s never too late to say those words. Thank You. Hebrews 10:25 tells Christians to be ….encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching. That highlights how important it is to be encouraging others around us. Sending a Christian greeting card to someone who has helped you in a tough situation or lifted your spirits is an easy way to obey that command. Look for a great selection of cards and notes at The Printery House and make this November a month of giving thanks to others.

Got Five Minutes? Send a Card to Caleb During the First Printery House Card Party

Caleb 1Not sure what you’ll need to get done today? Take five minutes to send a note of encouragement to Caleb Adwell, who is fighting a brave battle against a rare form of cancer. As part of the first “Cards for Caleb Card Party,” your note can help flood his mailbox with hope. It might be the most impactful five minutes you’ll spend today.

The 15-year old of Ravenwood, Mo., a small community near Maryville, Mo., has a pair of malignant non-germinomatous germ cell tumors. This rare type of germ cell tumor can also secrete chemicals into the spinal fluid, resulting in the need for more aggressive cancer treatments. The tumor in the brain has impacted Caleb’s vision and led to severe headaches, dizziness and other symptoms. Caleb is receiving treatment at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and is likely to be there for an extended period.

“The most challenging part of working through treatments has been all the unexpected setbacks we have had,” says Jennifer Adwell. “Caleb has seizures, weight loss, energy loss, weakness in swallowing and also in his shoulders, double/blurry vision, and difficulty speaking.”

During November and December, The Printery House, an apostolic work of the monks and employees of nearby Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in northwest Missouri, is hosting “Cards For Caleb: A Card Party with The Printery House.” The goal is to encourage fans and friends of The Printery House to flood Caleb’s mailbox with cards of hope. From now through mid-December, send a card or two to Caleb Adwell, and ask your friends and family to do the same. There’s something about receiving a card with a handwritten message that makes a difference, and you’re invited to participate.

Meet Caleb:
Caleb is a lot like many other teens, enjoying time on his computer, or outside playing with his dog (a blue heeler), Chance. At school, Caleb enjoys hanging out with his classmates. Math is his favorite subject, and his parents, Shane and Jennifer Adwell, say he is naturally gifted with a mathematical mind. Caleb isn’t sure yet what he wants to be when he grows up, but his parents think he will probably choose something in the computers field.

Where would Caleb go if he took a vacation?
He’d go to Hawaii, says his mom. Locally, she says he enjoys Mozingo Lake. In nearby Maryville, he enjoys the movie theater, bowling alley, and lots of places to eat out.

Who inspires Caleb?
Caleb was baptized on July 23, 2013, out in the mountains of Colorado on a church youth group trip called N.Y.R. (National Youth Roundup). He has been raised in the church, and influenced by his parents, Sunday School Teachers, Youth Group Sponsors, and the family’s ministers at church.

“All of these people have inspired him in one way or another,” says Jennifer Adwell, Caleb’s mom.
What can you do?
Send a note of cheer, hope or encouragement to Caleb Adwell today – together we can fill his mailbox with loving thoughts and prayers. Send one on your own, or choose from a card made by the monks and artists at the nearby Printery House, a business operated by the monks of Conception Abbey.

(Note: Any card is encouraged; if you choose a card from The Printery House, enter the code FORCALEB to receive a special 20 percent discount. Send cards to: Caleb Adwell, 121 E Bishop, Ravenwood, Mo., 64479.

Remember the Day They Were Born with Religious Birthday Cards and Special Traditions

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Bless You on Your Birthday

One of the best days of the year for parents and kids is a child’s birthday. This is the day that mom and dad get to go all out letting their rejoicing show. It is also one of those celebrations tailor-made for memories. And one of the best ways to create memories is to create traditions. Kids tend to remember things that are repeated year after year.

Birthday traditions don’t have to cost a lot to mean a lot. There are all kinds of great ways to create a family identity that has to do with birthday celebrations. Here are just a few.

  1. If you are a Christian family, start by choosing religious birthday cards. This is one subtle way to reinforce the identity your family shares as believers. Save all those religious birthday cards in a special box for your child to peruse each year.
  2. Balloons figure largely into most birthday celebrations so put them to work. Why not write adjectives that describe the birthday boy/girl on every balloon?
  3. If you are hosting a birthday party, put out a snapshot of the birthday child set in an extra-wide matting. Ask guests to write a brief note in the matting. Save them year by year and they become a miniature scrapbook of birthdays.
  4. If the birthday celebration is more of a family affair, you can make it a tradition to go around the table and pay the birthday person a compliment. Every person at the table completes the sentence: “What I like about _______ is the way he/she…….”
  5. Have a special book or movie that is enjoyed together as a family only on birthdays. Of course the person wearing the crown gets the best seat and first dibs on the snacks during book reading or movie viewing. The best book for birthdays of course, is the child’s baby book!
  6. You can start the special day in many different great ways. It could just be breakfast in bed. It could be a lighted candle in a doughnut or a stack of pancakes. Buttermilk biscuits can be iced with colored icing and dusted with colored sprinkles. Orange juice milkshakes (think creamy Orange Julius here) are another way to make the morning special.
  7. Some families allow the birthday person to pick the menu all day or at least for dinner. Maybe you allow your child to choose his/her birthday cake.
  8. Make a super big deal out of those once in a lifetime birthdays – when the person turns 10 on the 10th or 7 on the 7th. For this birthday they may get additional privileges that come only once in a lifetime – spend the night in a hotel for example. Or take a group of friends to a theme park.
  9. Another way to make birthdays unique is to hide all, or at least one, of the gifts. It can be fun to tell the person if they are getting warmer or colder as they hunt around the house for the missing present. As kids get older, this could become more of a scavenger hunt with written clues to be deciphered.
  10. One final idea is to choose a bible verse for the child to be remembered all year long. Write the verse inside the birthday card and then refer to it all through the year.

Making birthday traditions doesn’t have to be hard; it can be lots of fun. And they make it easier for children to form lasting memories of these precious family times. Finding religious birthday cards doesn’t have to be hard either. Check out the many options available through The Printery House.