Instead of sending Christmas cards, you can use 7 tips to offer seasonal greetings in an eco-friendlier way.

The tradition of sending Christmas cards through the mail goes way back to the 1800s. But many people are looking to ditch the practice in favor of greener options to reduce waste and save money, too.

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Because we all know, most of those cards go in the recycling or trash when the holidays are over. In today’s climate, it’s just not practical anymore.

So, if you want to reduce your Christmas footprint, here are 7 alternatives to sending cards in the mail. They’ll make sure you still keep that contact many people enjoy and look for during the holiday season.

1. Send an E-Card for Christmas

A popular and more common alternative to traditional Christmas cards is to send an e-card. This is easier than ever with online platforms like Hallmark making it a specialty.

You can also make your own version of a holiday e-card using software like Canva, and send it out via email or social media.

The cool thing about e-cards is you can make them as simple or interactive as you like. The technology today allows for all sorts of extra bells and whistles to have fun.

2. Send Christmas Cards Over Social Media

Again, you can do an online version of a Christmas card and share it on social media. Some people create a family group for purposes such as this and to keep it organized.

If you do a search on your favorite social media platform, you can also find pages and people who have ready-made e-cards to share. Just be careful what you’re sharing and where it’s coming from.

3. Create a Christmas Newsletter

Another popular way to connect with family and friends over the holidays is to create and send out a newsletter that catches everyone up on your news and activities over the past year. This is a traditional activity that’s been around for years.

So, if you have time and like to put together a longer message, switch it up to an electronic format and attach it to a Christmas e-mail. You can make it as long or short as you like, and include whatever graphics suit your taste.

4. Record a Video Holiday Greeting

Email and social media also allow for another popular format to send a greeting or say hello: a video recording. With newer smartphones, it’s not difficult to create a personal video.

Videos are a fun way to include a group or just yourself in any location you want. You can also use software to edit several clips together. You can also do a blooper reel when you try to include pets or small children.

5. Make a Phone Call for a Christmas Connection

Nothing beats a phone call if you want to go paperless and use technology. People have been making calls to catch up during the holidays for decades, and it never gets old.

Hearing the sound of a loved one’s voice or having a chat with a friend is the next best thing to being there in person. It’s especially nice if a visit can’t be managed.

6. Look for Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards

If you do decide you still want to send out traditional Christmas cards, look for companies that focus on eco-friendly methods.

Choose cards that are made with recycled paper and manufacturing processes, and that can be easily recycled afterward.

As with eco-friendly gift wrap, there are even cards out there that can be planted into a tree or flowers after you’re finished with them.

7. Buy Cards that Support Organizations

Another way to make better use of traditional paper cards is to buy them from an organization you want to support.

Some cards use artwork by traditional or local artists and support their work with the sale of the cards. You can even frame some of them for hanging.

If you want to leave a smaller ecological footprint, use these 7 ideas to avoid paper Christmas cards, or if you prefer, source them more consciously.

4 thoughts on “Instead of Sending Christmas Cards”

  1. Oooo this is perfect and exactly what I have been needing! This certainly fills the gap for me for what I will be doing with my family this Christmas season, as the postal services have been slacking and I have been trying to find alternatives to sending them Christmas cards, Thank you so much for all these ideas!

    1. Yes, along with being better for the environment, it’s a great way to get around dealing with the unpredictable nature of the traditional mail service right now.

  2. Hi there, Stella! I think it is safe to say you have outdone yourself on this one. Great article, it is informative, and of course interesting to read. I am glad I found it. This really is a perfect idea for this year’s Christmas considering the current condition of the world. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad you found it useful. Yes, the earth needs all the help we can give it, and it will save on your Christmas budget, too.

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