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    Christmas, Birthday, and Similar Cards... What Do You Do With Them?

    Some of you sent out Christmas cards... many more received them. We have a bit more than a dozen on our fireplace mantel at the moment... but now that Christmas is over, I am wondering what should we do with them.

    This goes for birthday, thank you, mothers day/ fathers day/ or other event cards.

    What do you do with them? How long do you save them?
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    Save for about one month after event, then recycle bin they go.

    Unless there is something very special about a given card (long lost friend, special notes, etc), then keep. But these are typically rare.
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    After the appropriate amount of time has elapsed, they go into the recycling bin.
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    Some groups use them for craft projects. Your church's activities director might know someone who can use them.

    I save those that hold sentimental meaning to me. I'll stick the photo cards on my frig for a while, unless they're adult children. Those are just creepy.

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    Box and save with the Christmas stuff- when we open up the box to decorate next year, we'll use them as reminders of who to send cards to for that year, then recycle.

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    My wife saves most of them for craft projects of some sort. She turned a batch of them into bookmarks yesterday. Anything left in her box by the time next year's cards start rolling in go to the recycle bin.
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    They all get trashed sometime this month. I do save my father's day cards though, the kids always get me fun cards and it's my one sentimental thing. Usually they're tucked into a bookshelf and I'll see one when I pull out a book.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    My wife saves most of them for craft projects of some sort. She turned a batch of them into bookmarks yesterday. Anything left in her box by the time next year's cards start rolling in go to the recycle bin.
    That is an interesting idea... my wife is not much into crafts through.

    I feel bad just tossing them in the recycling bin because someone spent money, time, and effort to sent the card.

    My kids make me Birthday cards. I save those in the safe with other important stuff.
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    Most family are now sending the picture Xmas cards. I put them in a box if they are my nieces or nephews. Anything else gets thrown away after the holiday.
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    They generally get tossed/recycled a week or two after the New Year.
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    I've saved them, but now that I have two shoeboxes full, I need to finally part ways with them, especially the run-of-the-mill birthday cards and Christmas cards. Maybe I'll save the special cards with special notes, but that's it.
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    I'll save them for awhile, but eventually I'll toss most of them. My grandmother writes me a letter every week, I have a whole box full of those.

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    I keep them all in shoe-boxes under my bed.

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