Reusing Christmas Cards


| 1/7/2019 9:32:00 AM


reusing holiday cards 

Any of these cards would dress up a gift. Photo by Carole Coates

If you haven’t put away all your holiday things, hold on a second. What are you planning to do with those greeting cards? Don’t toss them. There are lots of other possibilities.

When I helped my mom downsize, I was delighted to find cards from many, many years ago. They told a story. Of course, pausing to peruse them slowed the cleaning out process, but what a treat to read those old messages! So, for posterity’s sake, I hold on to newsy holiday letters, family photo cards, and cards with meaningful personal messages. They go in a pocket in my photo album chronicling the year’s activities. They’ll help round out our family’s history for future generations.

Repurpose

Not all my cards go in albums. I learned another trick from Mom years ago. She cut the backs off cards that were especially striking and saved the front for the next year when it became part of her packaging. Instead of bows and ribbons, she used double-sided tape to adhere the holiday scene to her gift-wrapped presents. I find this practice especially helpful when bows are almost sure to get crushed—packages that must endure a long car trip, be mailed, or get packed in a suitcase. Besides, recycling old cards is much more environmentally friendly and lots less expensive than buying satiny bows for one-time use.



If you prefer gift bags, consider purchasing plain kraft paper bags (or making your own) and gluing on one or more cards to make your presentation spectacular. Everyday white liquid glue or a glue stick will do the job.



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