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.
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.
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.