Originally Posted by Addie
Katie H, are you one of the people who let everyone know that when they get home and take their presents out of the box, it is to come back to you so you can use the box again? It has always been a tradition in our family. We have a Jordan Marsh box that is still making the rounds. And Jordan Marsh hasn't been in business for more than 25 years. I really feel it should be framed and hung on the wall. Very rarely do any of us have to buy boxes for presents. We are very frugal New Englanders and recycle everything.
No, Addie. I don't do that with the boxes but when we're opening gifts and the boxes, um, happen to get near the trash pile I retrieve them.
With the advent of decorative gift bags, I don't rely on boxes much anymore, especially when it comes to shipping gifts. The bags make it so much easier to pack a box to send. Plus they're usually lighter, which makes the shipping fees less.
I began my early schedule for Christmas when we had two sons in the military overseas. In order for them to receive their Santa by Christmas, all packages had to leave the U.S. by the end of October. I never got out of the habit of doing that and discovered all the fringe benefits of doing things this far ahead.
Now I can truly breeze through the holidays and have absolutely no stress at all. It's been a pleasure all these years and I see no point in changing my routine.
Additionally, one of the most positive benefits is that when the year turns over, we have no bills to pay that relate to our gift-giving. That, plus, we only ever pay cash for what we purchase.