So the Christmas tree, cards and decorations have gone for another year but what do you do with the cards?
Maybe you have just binned them already?
But if not there are a few options.
Next Christmas reference
If you like to be organised each Christmas the previous years cards can give you a head start.
You could while away some winter hours writing a list of those who sent you cards but why not just bundle them up and stash away for future use. Next Christmas it will be as simple as using them as you write your cards. They can then be binned or whatever and replaced with next years.
If you have a garden composter most if not all of the cards will help make good compost. But you may want to utilise the best bits before composting. Make sure you keep a note of any addresses.
Parts of old Christmas cards make really good present labels. They can look stunning at little cost. Add fancy ribbon perhaps from a present you receive and a little glue covered with sparkles for a unique and classy label.
The Woodland Trust
In the UK in January 2017 the Woodland Trust and a range of celebrities are pushing 'cards for trees.'
In November the Trust blogged;
We’re delighted that five celebrities, X Factor’s Dermot O’ Leary, outdoor enthusiast TV’s Julia Bradbury, comedians Jo Brand and Hugh Dennis; and for the first time singer Cerys Matthews are sprinkling a spot of glitter on this year’s campaign.
It may be a little late for some who have already ditched their cards but there is always next year.
Organise a collection point at your workplace, school or college for maximum publicity.
When you consider the financial and environmental cost of Christmas cards it makes sense to put them to good use.
More ideas at http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g1022/greeting-card-crafts/
Check out http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2016/11/christmas-card-recycling