Holiday Cards: A second life

Day 5 – Every holiday, we proudly display our cards, given to us by family and friends. We enjoy them every time we walk past the arrangement of glad tidings. Sadly, at the end of the season they find their way to the recycle bin. I know I am not alone in feeling bad for discarding such lovely and creative expressions of holiday cheer.

This time around I decided to offer a second life to my holiday cards. Now, by no means am I a crafty person, but I do know how to operate a pair of scissors. So, there was not too much time effort in doing the following:

  1. I took all the holiday cards that were not picture cards, or produced by Hallmark, American Greetings and Disney and cut the fronts off. I then placed them in a box. These cards will eventually be mailed to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. This charity is not affiliated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. However, they too are doing very important work. This organization offers residential services to care for abused, abandoned and homeless children, ages infancy to 25 years old. Once, I have a good number of cards collected, they will be sent to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89005
  2. All the cards that were Hallmark and American Greetings were cut to make gift tags for next year.
  3. I then took the picture cards and cut any part that could be used as a gift tag.

The whole process took no time at all and I ended up helping a charity, having less cards in the recycle bin and gift tags for next year. My Mom would be so proud. She always made her gift cards from old holiday cards. Thanks for the idea, Mom!

Tomorrow, I’ll show you our recycling set up at home.