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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Richard James Sibley, Sr. and Mary Ann Gardner

Richard James Sibley, Sr. married Mary Ann Gardner and they had a daughter named...
...Charity Elizabeth Sibley who married Able Everel Shaw and they had a daughter named...
......Ida Mae Shaw who married Edward Boyd Harris and they had a son named...
.........Clyde Harris who married Mable Louise Cohen and they had a son named...
............William "Billy" Clyde Harris who married Peggy Annette Prince and they had a son named...
...............Stanley Mark Harris, my husband

Richard James Sibley, Sr. was born 7/15/1792 in Maryland to James and Sarah Selbey. James Selbey was born about 1751 in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was also known as James Sible, James Silbe, James Sibley, James Cibley, James Selby.

Maryland Colonial Census, 1776
NAME: James Sible
PARISH: Fredrick
COUNTY: Montogomery
STATE: Maryland
ESTIMATED BIRTH YEAR: 1751
AGE: 25

Maryland Records Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church From Original Sources by Gaius Morcus Brumbaugh M.S. M.D., Baltimore, MD, USA: 1915
NAME: James Sible
AGE: 25
BIRTH DATE: abt 1751
RESIDENCE DATE: 1776
SOURCE: Provincial Census of Frederick County, 1776
PAGE: 211

Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890
NAME: James Sible
STATE: MD
COUNTY: Frederick County
TOWNSHIP: Frederick Co. Hundred
YEAR: 1776
DATABASE: MD Early Census Index


Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890
1778 Maryland State Census
NAME: James Sibley
STATE: MD
COUNTY: Montgomery County
TOWNSHIP: No Township Listedfo
YEAR: 1778
RECORD TYPE: Fidelity Oath
DATABASE: MD Early Census Index


1790 U.S. Census of Prince Georges County, Maryland*; Series: M637; Roll: 3; Page: 280; Image: 164; Family History Library Film: 0568143, "James Cibley" (James Elby) (sic, James Sibley)
NAME: James Cibley
[James Ebley]
  HOME IN 1790 (CITY, COUNTY, STATE): Prince Georges, Maryland
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - UNDER 16: 4
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - 16 AND OVER: 2
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES: 3
NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS: 9
* The next year, 1791, parts of Prince George's County became the new Montgomery County, MD.


1810 U.S. Census of Montgomery County, Maryland; Roll: 14; Page: 925; Image: 00207; Family History Library Film: 0193667, "Jas Sibley"
NAME: Jas Sibley
HOME IN 1810 (CITY, COUNTY, STATE): Montgomery, Maryland
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - UNDER 10: 3
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - 10 THRU 15: 2
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - 16 THRU 25: 1 (Richard James Sibley would have been 18 yrs old)
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - 45 AND OVER: 1 (James Sibley would have been born in 1765 or earler.)
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - UNDER 10: 2
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - 10 THRU 15: 1
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - 16 THRU 25: 1
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - 26 THRU 44: 1 (Sarah Sibley would have been born between 1766-1784)
NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS UNDER 16: 8
NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS OVER 25: 2
NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS: 12


1820 U.S. Census of Election District 1, Montgomery County, Maryland; Page: 579; NARA Roll: M33_44; Image: 156, "Jas Selby"
NAME: Jas Selby
HOME IN 1820 (CITY, COUNTY, STATE): Election District 1, Montgomery, Maryland
ENUMERATION DATE: August 7, 1820
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - 10 THRU 15: 2
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - 45 AND OVER: 1 (James Selby would have been born in 1775 or earlier.)
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - 16 THRU 25: 1
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - 45 AND OVER : 1 (Sarah Selby would have been born in 1775 or earlier.)
NUMBER OF PERSONS - ENGAGED IN MANUFACTURES: 1
FREE WHITE PERSONS - UNDER 16: 2
FREE WHITE PERSONS - OVER 25: 2
TOTAL FREE WHITE PERSONS: 5
TOTAL ALL PERSONS - WHITE, SLAVES, COLORED, OTHER: 5

Richard James Sibley, Sr. was born 10/27/1792.

Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911
NAME: Richard Selby
GENDER: Male
BIRTH DATE: 15 Jul 1792
BIRTH PLACE: Montgomery, Maryland
CHRISTENING DATE: 27 Oct 1792
CHRISTENING AGE: 0
CHRISTENING PLACE: Prince George Parish, Montgomery, Maryland
FATHER'S NAME: James Selby
MOTHER'S NAME: Sarah
FHL FILM NUMBER: 13201

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
Name: Richard Sibley
Birth Date: 1792
Birthplace: Maryland
Volume: 159
Page Number: 123
Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 20 Jul 1932, 4095


U.S., War of 1812 Service Records
NAME: Richard Sibley
COMPANY: CRAMER'S DETACHMENT, MARYLAND MILITIA.
RANK - INDUCTION: SERGEANT
RANK - DISCHARGE: SERGEANT
ROLL BOX: 189
MICROFILM PUBLICATION: M602


Richard James Sibley, Sr. married Mary Ann Gardner on 1/1/1818 in Montgomery County, MD.

Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850
Name: Richard Sibley
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 1 Jan 1818
Spouse: Mary Gardner
Spouse Gender: Male
County: Montgomery County

Name: Mary Gardner
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 1 Jan 1818
Spouse: Richard Sibley
Spouse Gender: Female
County: Montgomery County


Mary Ann Gardner Sibley was born 9/24/1798 in Maryland to John Gardner and Cassandra Dowden according to FamilySearch.

Richard James Sibley, Sr. and Mary Ann Gardner Sibley had 8-9 known children:

1) Richard James Selby, Jr. (sic) (DOB 10/26/1818 in MD; DOD Between 1877-1880 in Montgomery County, MD) married Verlinda Fields (DOB About 1837 in MD, DOD After 1880 in Montgomery County, MD). They had John S. Selby, Ida E. Selby, Arthur C. Selby, Lula O. Selbey (Ernest James Dulin), Ada L. Selby (George Lincoln Little), Charles Henry "Harry" Selby.

2) Mary Ann Sibley (DOB 6/1/1820 in Frederick County, MD; DOD 9/22/1897 in Unity, Montgomery County, MD) married Edward Howse (DOB 9/1/1815 in MD; DOD 1/7/1891 in Unity, Montgomery County, MD). They had Elizabeth Ann Howes, Richard Thomas Howes, John William Howes, William Fenton Howes, George Robert Howes, Julian MacGruder Howes, Mary "Mollie" Eliza Howes (George Eldridge White), Caroline "Carrie" Rebecca Howse (Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Grooms), Charles Edgar Howes, Leven Gilbert Howes.

3) Eliza Sibley (DOB 1/10/1823 in Prince George's Parish, Montgomery County, MD; DOD 12/12/1855 in Prince Georges County, MD) married Henry Bascum Shipley (DOB 8/10/1826 in MD; DOD 11/2/1892 in Prince Georges County, MD). They had Theodore Shipley, James F. Shipley, Mary Ann Shipley (Richard Thomas Howes), Maurice Emory Shipley, Isabella Shipley, Frances Olivia Shipley (Greenbury Wilson).

Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911
Name: Eliza Sibley
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 10 Jan 1823
Birth Place: Montgomery, Maryland
Christening Date: 20 Sep 1823
Christening Age: 0
Christening Place: Prince George Parish, Montgomery, Maryland
Father's Name: Richard Sibley
Mother's Name: Mary
FHL Film Number: 13201

4) Lucinda Sibley (DOB 2/3/1825 in MD; DOD After 1870 in Howard County, MD) married George W. Boswell (DOB About 1828 in MD; DOD After 1880 in Howard County, MD). They had Richard A. Boswell, Mary E. Boswell, Martha Boswell, George W. Boswell, William H. Boswell

Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911
Name: Lucinda Sibley
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 3 Feb 1825
Birth Place: Montgomery, Maryland
Christening Date: 25 Oct 1825
Christening Age: 0
Christening Place: Prince George Parish, Montgomery, Maryland
Father's Name: Richard Sibley
Mother's Name: Mary
FHL Film Number: 13201

5) John Thomas Sibley (DOB 5/21/1827 in Montgomery County, MD; DOD 1/25/1901 in Washington, DC) married 1st Francis Ann Miller (DOB About 1826 in MD; DOD ? in ? ). The had Richard P. Silbey and Francis P. Silbey. He married 2nd Sarah Unknown (DOB About 1838 in MD; DOD ? in ? ).

6) Elizabeth Sibley (DOB 2/22/1830 in MD; DOD ? in ? ) married ? . I could not find any record of her beyond the 1860 U.S. Census. They had an Eliza Sibley and a Charity Elizabeth Sibley too. Could it be that Elizabeth Ann was Eliza married Henry Shipley? But their DOB's are not the same????

7) Eli Sibley (DOB 1/6/1835 in MD; DOD Between 1902-1909 in Baltimore City, MD) married Elizabeth Younger (DOB 3/1840 in MD; DOD After 1910 in Baltimore City, MD). They had Jennie Sibley, William J. Sibley, Royal Eldridge Sibley.

8) Margaret Rebecca Shipley (DOB 2/14/1837 in MD; DOD 7/19/1909 in Baltimore City, MD) married William Edward Andrews (DOB 1835-1838 in MD; DOD About 1895 in Caroline County, MD). They had George Washington Andrews, Mary E. Andrews, Margaret "Maggie" A. Andrews, Joseph H. Andrews, Clara Sibley Andrews, Ida Mae Andrews, William Edward Andrews, John Thomas Andrews.

9) Charity Elizabeth Sibley (DOB 2/28/1842 in Vansville, Prince George's County, MD; DOD 5/10/1904 in Union County, SC) married Able Everel Shaw (DOB About 1842 in Lancashire, England; DOD Between 1881-1899 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC). They had Charley Shaw, John Everett Shaw, William Shaw, Joseph Edward Shaw, Florence Shaw, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shaw, Ida Mae Shaw (Edward Boyd Harris).




1820 U.S. Census of Election District 1, Montgomery County, Maryland; Page: 586; NARA Roll: M33_44; Image: 159, "Richd Selley" (sic)
NAME: Richd Selley
HOME IN 1820 (CITY, COUNTY, STATE): Election District 1, Montgomery, Maryland
ENUMERATION DATE: August 7, 1820
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - UNDER 10: 1 (Richard James Selby Jr would have been 2 yrs old)
FREE WHITE PERSONS - MALES - 26 THRU 44: 1 (Richard James Sibley would have been 28 yrs old)
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - UNDER 10: 1 (Mary Ann Sibley would have been newborn infant)
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - 10 THRU 15: 1 (?)
FREE WHITE PERSONS - FEMALES - 16 THRU 25: 1 (Mary Ann Gardner Sibley would have been 22 yrs old)
NUMBER OF PERSONS - ENGAGED IN MANUFACTURES: 1
FREE WHITE PERSONS - UNDER 16: 3
FREE WHITE PERSONS - OVER 25: 1
TOTAL FREE WHITE PERSONS: 5
TOTAL ALL PERSONS - WHITE, SLAVES, COLORED, OTHER: 5


I was not able to find this family in the 1830 U.S. Census.


1840 U.S. Census of Medley, Montgomery County, Maryland; Roll: 168; Page: 222; Image: 1118; Family History Library Film: 0013185, "Richard Sibly" (sic)
Name: Richard Sibly
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Medley, Montgomery, Maryland
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 (Eli Sibley would have been 5 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1 (John Thomas Sibley would have been 13 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 (Richard James Sibley Jr. would have been 22 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 (Richard James Sibley, Sr. would have been 48 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1 (Margaret Rebecca Sibley would have been 2 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 3 (Mary Ann Sibley 19 yrs old, Eliza Sibley 18 yrs old, Lucinda Sibley 15 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 (Mary Ann Gardner Sibley would have been 42 yrs old)
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 9

According to FamilySearch, James Richard Sibley, Sr. died 5/5/1844. (Richard James Sibley, L7S4-LKG, M97X-QZP, MLMX-8BY) and Mary Ann Gardner Sibley died 2/11/1869. I was not able to find her in the 1860 U.S. Census. I have not found sources for their deaths yet. I do not know where they are buried.

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Able Everel Shaw and Charity Elizabeth Sibley

Able Everal Shaw and Charity Elizabeth Sibley had a daughter named...
...Ida Mae Shaw who married Edward Boyd Harris and they had a son named...
......Clyde Harris who married Mabel Louise Cohen and they had a son named...
.........William Clyde Harris who married Peggy Annette Prince and they had a son named...
............Stanley Mark Harris, my husband

Able Everal Shaw was born in About 1842 in Lancashire, England to John and Elizabeth Shaw.

Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915
NAME: Abel Everel Shaw
MOTHER: Elizabeth Shaw
FATHER: John Shaw
BAPTISM: date - city, Lancashire

He immigrated from England to America in 1863.


New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Original data: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York
Name: Abel E Shaw
Arrival Date: 26 May 1863
Birth Date: abt 1842
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: English
Place of Origin: England
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Destination: United States of America
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: City of Baltimore

He arrived in May, 1863 and is listed on the U.S. Draft Registration Lists in July, 1863.

U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General's Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865), Maryland, Vol 3 of 6, Class 1, A-Z by All Co.s except Montgomery, ARC Identifies: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 6, Line 12, Able Shaw, 21 yrs old (DOB 1842)
Name: Abel Shaw
Residence: Election District, Baltimore, Maryland
Class: 1
Congressional District: 5th
Age on 1 July 1863: 21
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1842
Race: White
Marital status: Unmarried (Single)
Place of birth: England


According to the draft registration he had left New York and made his way to Baltimore, MD. He was unmarried. He must have met Charity Elizabeth Sibley in Baltimore because her family was from Prince George's County, Maryland. Prince Georges County is the county east of Washington, DC and just south of Baltimore, MD.

Charity Elizabeth Sibley was born 2/28/1842 in Vansville, Prince George's County, Maryland. It is along the Old Baltimore Pike (parallel to the new MD Hwy 1) between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. Her parents were Richard James Sibley, Sr. (DOB 7/15/1792 in MD to James and Sarah Selbey; DOD 6/6/1844 in ? ) and Mary Ann Gardner (DOB 9/24/1798 in MD to John Gardner and Cassandra Dowden; DOD 2/11/1869 in ). Charity's father was already dead in the 1850 U.S. Census and she was just 9 yrs old.


1850 U.S. Census of Vansville, Prince George's County, Maryland; Roll: M432_295; Page: 29B; Image: 325, Lines 10-22, "John T. Sibley"
John and Ann Moore and family
John T. Sibley, 23 yrs old (DOB 1827), M(ale), W(hite), Laborer, Born in MD
Mary Sibley, 41 yrs old (DOB 1809), F, W, Born in MD, Cannot read or write
Lucinda Sibley, 25 yrs old (DOB 1825), F, W, Born in MD
Margaret R. Sibley, 14 yrs old (DOB 1836), F, W, Born in MD
Charity E. Sibley, 9 yrs old (DOB 1841), F, W, Born in MD, Attended school
Eli Sibley, 16 yrs old (DOB 1834), M, W, Laborer, Born in MD, Attended school
Eliza Shipley (sic), 27 yrs old (DOB 1823), F, W, Born in MD
Henry Shipley, 24 yrs old (DOB 1826), M, W, Laborer, Born in MD
Theodore Shipley, 2 yrs old (DOB 1848), M, W, Born in MD
James F. Shipley, 2/12 mos old (DOB 1850), M, W, Born in MD
Ann Ryon (sic), 18 yrs old (DOB 1832), F, W, Born in MD
Margaret Ryon (sic), 20 yrs old (DOB 1830), F, W, Born in MD, Cannot read or write
Mary Nicholls (sic), 20 yrs old (DOB 1830), F, W, Born in MD
Mary McCanly and family


I could not find this family in the 1860 U.S. Census.


I was not able to find Abel Everel Shaw or Charity Elizabeth Sibley Shaw in the 1870 U.S. Census.


Able E. Shaw and Charity Elizabeth Sibly Shaw had 7 known children:
1) Charles "Charley" Shaw, (DOB About 1861 in NC, DOD ? in ? ) married ? . I have not been able to find any further records on him.

2) John Everett Shaw (DOB 2/25/1866 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC; DOD 2/26/1930 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC) married Harriett Lucia Legg (aka Hattie Lou Legg) (DOB 9/7/1863 in SC; DOD 8/23/1945 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC). They had Harrison Monroe Shaw, Gertrude Shaw (Millard Brown Phillips), Dewey Shafter Shaw, Cornelius Victor Shwaw, Robert Lee Shaw, Blondie Catherine Shaw (Harold Walsh), Lillie Belle Shaw (died as an infant).

3) William Shaw (DOB About 1870 in NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? . I have not been able to find any further records on him.

4) Joseph "Joe" Edward Shaw (DOB 5/12/1872 in Washington, DC; DOD 1/18/1932 in Laurens, Laurens County, SC) married 1st Mary Jane "Jennie" Smith (DOB 4/13/1871 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC; DOD 12/3/1953 in Sunset Nursing Home, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC). They had Clyde Smith Shaw, Leroy Hamilton Shaw and Theodore Roosevelt Shaw. Joe E. Shaw married 2nd Katherine E. Unknown (DOB About 1900 in NC; DOD ? in ? ). They had Joseph Edward Shaw, Jr., Marion W. Shaw, Kathleen Shaw, Eleanor Shaw.

5) Florence Shaw (DOB About 1874 in NC; DOD Before 1904 in ? ) married ? . I was not able to find any further records on her.

6) Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shaw (DOB 7/5/1878 in NC; DOD 3/5/1934 in Union, Union County, SC), unmarried.

7) Ida Mae Shaw (DOB 8/24/1882 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC; DOD 6/10/1955 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Edward Boyd Harris (DOB 5/23/1877 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/1/1930 in Union, Union County, SC). They had James "Jim" Minor Harris, Walter "Walt" Edward Harris, Clyde Harris, Bernice Lemond Harris (Jess Warren), Gene Carroll "G.C." Harris, Leo Wilson Harris.




1880 U.S. Census of Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina; Roll: 979; Family History Film: 1254979; Page: 295D; Enumeration District: 168; Image: 0073, Lines 38-45, "Abel Shaw"
Abel Shaw, W(hite), M(ale), 38 yrs old (DOB 1842), Married, Head, Merchant, Born in England, Both parents born in England
Elizabeth Shaw, W, F, 38 yrs old (DOB 1842), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Born in MD, Both parents born in England
Chily Shaw (sic, looks like Chrly Shaw), W, M, 19 yrs old (DOB 1861), Single, Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC (?)
John Shaw, W, M, 14 yrs old (DOB 1866), Single, Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
William Shaw, W, M, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Joseph Shaw, W, M, 7 yrs old (DOB 1873), Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Florance Shaw (sic), W, F, 6 yrs old (DOB 1874), Daughter, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Elizabeth Shaw, W, F, 2 yrs old (DOB 1878), Daughter, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC


Evidently Able E. Shaw died between the 1880 U.S. Census and the 1900 U.S. Census because Charity Elizabeth Sibley Shaw is listed as a widow in the 1900 U.S. Census. I have not been able to find a record of his death. I assume he is buried somewhere in Richmond County, NC.


1900 U.S. Census of North and West of Hitchcock Creek, Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina; Roll: T623_ 1213; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 89, Lines 51-53, "Charity E. Shaw"
Charity E. Shaw, Head, W(hite), F(emale), Born Feby, 1843, 57 yrs old, Widowed, 8 children with 5 still alive, Born in MD, Both parents born in MD, Cannot read or write, No occupation, Rents home
Elizzie Shaw, Daughter, W, F, Born July, 1877, 22 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in MD, Cotton mill spooler, Cannot read or write
Ida Shaw, Daughter, W, F, Born Aug, 1881, 18 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in MD, Cotton mill weaver, Can read and write


Charity Elizabeth Sibley Shaw died 5/10/1904 in Union County, SC.

Charity Shaw's obituary, Pg 266, Death Notices from The Progress in 1904
Obituary of Charity Shaw
Mrs. Charity Shaw died at Aetna Mills last Tuesday AM [10 May] about 2:00pm, of heart trouble at the age of 61 years. She was the m/o J.E. Shaw, who was the first Supt. of Aetna Mills, later going to the Union Cotton Mills, but is now at Anderson, SC, and Also John E. Shaw, who lately resigned the Superintendent of Aetna Mills to return to his former home in Rockingham, NC. She also leaves another son and 2 daughters. Burial was in the city cemetery.

If you have any corrections or further information, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com. This family was difficult to follow so I appreciate any help or advice you can give me.

All About Christmas Cards

I used to love to send Christmas cards. It was something I did every year and even prepared a Christmas letter to go to those of my friends and family that I knew would be interested in updates on our family. But two things happened about the same time that stopped my Christmas card sending. One was the expense of stamps. The U.S. postage stamp went over the cliff edge as far as I'm concerned. I never mail unless I absolutely have to. It saves me money but is also my protest against their rise in prices. Of course, they still get my money in another way because I have to mail packages to my niece and nephews who live out of town and then there are shipping charges you pay on purchases. But I'm getting off topic. The other thing was email and social media like Facebook. I stay in contact with my family and friends via email and Facebook throughout the year and don't have the need to send Christmas cards and Christmas letters. I think a lot of people have about decided the same thing so we get fewer Christmas cards. But if you still send and receive a lot of Christmas cards, I thought it might be interesting to see how people display their Christmas cards and how they store them or recycle and reuse Christmas cards. I did some searches on the Internet and found some wonderful ideas. People never cease to amaze me at their creativity.

Christmas cards can be so beautiful, have beautiful poetry or sentiments in them. Many people include sweet personal messages and then there are the ones with family pictures. And some people are so creative that they make their Christmas cards. These are particularly special since they spent their time, creativity, skill, money, energy and love making them. There are some that are impersonal and you don't feel bad tossing them at the end of the season. But there are many that you want to hold onto. I found some great ideas for saving those special cards.
Hole punching cards and keeping them in small notebook binders is a good idea. You can even decorate the notebook and bring them out with your Christmas decorations every year and display them for browsing.





Photo albums can be used to store them too.





You can keep an eye out for pretty Christmas tins to hold your Christmas cards.



Hole punch the cards and thread them on rings like these. You can even tie on some pretty ribbon with some charms to spice them up. If you find some battered old children's Christmas books, use the covers as covers for your Christmas card book.





Keep them in photo boxes or plastic boxes.




Here are some great ideas for displaying your incoming Christmas cards.




































Maybe you want to recycle and reuse Christmas cards. There are lots of ideas on how to do this. People, you are smart!!! Here are some ideas. Use them to make next years Christmas wreath.





Use them to decorate the jar gifts you give.



Find templates on the Internet and make small gift boxes with them.





And then using them to make Christmas decorations.




































They can also be used for gifts.



Use them to make the Christmas cards for next year!



Decorate plain gift bags with Christmas cards.



Make confetti.



Use them to make gift tags.



I hope these ideas stimulate your own creativity and give you motivation.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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