With each approaching holiday, we should think of ways in which we could make that holiday greener. Yes, it would save us money and we all should love this idea. However, it would also help the environment. This is something we should all should be striving to do and what better way to do this than at the holidays, a time of celebrating?
Here are some simple ways to become greener during Christmas:
• Decorating with an artificial tree instead of cutting down a real tree. Do you really want to waste a good tree by just enjoying it for a few weeks for Christmas and then watching as it dies? If Christmas isn’t Christmas without a real tree in your home, why not purchase a real tree, with roots. Then after the holidays you can replant the tree in your yard. You and your family can enjoy the tree for many years to come.
• Purchase what decorations you can at thrift stores. For one thing, you can find many unusual decorations at places such as these and for another you will be saving money.
• Gather up Christmas items you are no longer using and host a Christmas decoration exchange party for family and friends. They, too, can gather up unwanted or needed Christmas decorations and the items can be exchanged among the participants. Any items left can be donated to a thrift store, etc.
• Consider making some of your Christmas items. Many people will enjoy getting your DYI projects as gifts.
• Switch your holiday lights to LED lights.
• Be creative in the way you wrap your Christmas presents. Do you have to wrap everything in gift wrap or stuff the presents in bags? Could you make some of the wrappings part of the presents? Could a nice towel be used as the wrapping of a nice bath set, just use ribbon to tie? What about material pieces? If you giving a gift to a person you know who loves to sew, why not wrap her present in a nice piece of material that she could use later?
• When hosting your parties and gatherings, consider all the ways in which you can go green? Use real plates and cups when you can. Use environmentally friendly plastic when you can’t. Use cloth napkins and table clothes, etc. Remember aluminum foil is recyclable.
If we all do what we can during the holiday season to make this world a greener place, our children’s children will have more holidays to celebrate.