Although it’s supposed
to be a time of reflection and gratitude, the holiday season no doubt has a distinct competitive edge. For many, it’s all about who is the first in the neighborhood to festoon their home with an energy-sucking light display
, who is the first to have a fully trimmed tree
standing in their home (I died a little inside when a Facebook contact announced that she had two
trees up the day after Halloween), and who can score the best deal at one of those scary (and often fatal
) Black Friday shopping stampedes. And then there are those who pride themselves on being the first to complete a stack of holiday greeting cards and toss ‘em in the mail.
Paper consumption be damned, I like the tradition of sending out holiday greeting cards and I’ve been doing it most of my adult life. It’s a great, old-fashioned way to wish friends and family members that you may not connect with on a regular basis holiday a happy and healthy New Year and to say, “Hey remember me? I’m not dead!”
While handmade greeting cards are by far the most special, those of us who don’t have a talent for working with stencils and glitter opt for store-bought greetings. Personally, I get mine from La Familia Green
, an indie card-making outfit based in Chicago that uses post-consumer recycled paper and envelopes and donates a portion of sales to no-kill animal shelters.
If you're planning on sending out holiday greeting cards to a select few (particularly those with greenthumbs) and would like the cards to double as gifts, behold the Winter Wonderland
card from PostCarden
. I featured
U.K.-based PostCarden’s charming pop-out postcards that serve as a backdrop for small, edible gardens in a post last March when there were three designs available: Allotment
, and Botanical
The Winter Wonderland PostCarden
like the other PostCarden designs comes with a cute pop-out card that’s designed by Krista Nyberg
and printed on FSC paperboard, cress seeds, a recyclable plastic tray, and growing instructions. According to the folks at PostCarden, once you sow the included seeds, a “festive forest” will sprout in a matter of days and keep for a couple of weeks.
Although PostCardens are ethically made in Wales and readily available at retailers across the U.K., you can get ‘em at Brooklyn5and10
for $12.95 a piece. Sure, that's a bit steep but how many greeting cards can you actually harvest and add to your salad, eh?