Paper and the holidays go together like marshmallows and hot cocoa. From greeting cards and paper crafts to special stories and letters to Santa, much of the holiday magic and wonder we enjoy comes from the paper products we use each year.
This year, while many people are forgoing parties and family gatherings out of health concerns, paper traditions can take on even greater importance. Check out these creative ways to make holiday magic with paper.
While the original idea for a mass-produced Christmas card was conceived in 1843 in England, it wasn’t until 1875 that the practice was introduced in America. Today, due to the pandemic, people are looking for more ways to stay connected while living safely apart, and an easy way to do that is to send holiday greeting cards. Card makers like Hallmark and Paper Source reporting rising sales after years of decline.
Paper is also used for envelopes and packaging, which both play an important role in creating holiday magic this year. With e-commerce sales surging nearly 22 percent on Black Friday, setting a new sales record, the U.S. Postal Service is preparing for unprecedented amounts of mail and packages to be delivered this holiday season, each with their own paper packaging.
What says holiday magic better than a beautifully wrapped Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanzaa gift? Wrapping paper and paper gift bags ranging from the exquisite to the whimsical can turn any gift into an expression of love and friendship that will be remembered all year long.
Millions of people create holiday magic through paper craft traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. People young and old enjoy making paper snowflakes and sun catchers, cute paper bag reindeers, fun paper plate angels, lovely paper dreidels and colorful holiday garland. Other traditions include writing the all-important letter to Santa and reading holiday stories by the fireside.
How will you use paper to create holiday magic this year? Find us on social media @DomtarEveryday and share your favorite paper-based holiday traditions.
Looking for ideas? Check out the Paper and Packaging Board’s list of ways paper can make your holiday more festive.