Season’s “Green”-tings!

It’s time to pull out the address book and catch up with all your old friends and send your best holiday wishes to new ones, too.  But how about sending green tidings this year?

According to the Hallmark Corporation, Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States with approximately 1.4 billion cards sent annually. The company’s research also finds that nearly three-fourths of consumers who send holiday cards do so because they like the good feeling that comes when they receive a holiday greeting. So, how to cut the paper waste created, but still give that good feeling to friends and family?

Here are some ideas for season’s “green”-tings:

— For those nearby, consider delivering your holiday message in person with a small homemade gift, like a plate of cookies, a jar of jam, or a bag of homemade party mix.

— For friends at work, church or the synagogue, suggest that everyone bring just one seasonal card to share on a display of all the cards using a bulletin board or card tree.

— For those far away, send ecards. There are many to choose from and they also allow you to add a personal message. Or, write your traditional holiday letter but instead of mailing it, send it as an attachment to an email.

— When you feel a card is the only way to go, make your own from last year’s card fronts or buy cards made this way from St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. They remove the card fronts to create new greeting cards. Recycled cards are sold in packs of 10 for $17. The program helps everyone. Shoppers get fun cards that they can feel good sending, and the children at St. Jude’s Ranch receive payment for their work and learn basic job skills. Information about donating this year’s cards after the holidays can also be found via the link above.

Check out Green Gifts for a Happier Holiday for more ways to green the season.

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