Christmas is the season for bags, boxes and wrappings. We light up the night and shop till we drop. Not exactly ecofriendly by any means. Why not cut down on all the waste and have a green Christmas this year? It’s easy to do. Just think outside the brightly wrapped box. You’ll feel better about your Christmas festivities when you green your holiday.
Use natural light.
Natural light is easy on the eyes and the earth. When you get up early Christmas morning, resist the urge to turn on the lights. Open the blinds instead. What could be nicer than basking in the glow of the rising sun on Christmas day? Hopefully, you’ll have a white Christmas to add to the ambiance of your celebration.
Give up-cycled gifts.
Who needs all that stressful holiday shopping madness? Can you honestly say you enjoy Christmas shopping any more? Why not get creative this holiday season? Make your own up-cycled or recycled gifts for the whole family. Refinish a family heirloom. Make a recycled fabric quilt. Use imagination and love in every green gift.
Every year tons of Christmas wrappings end up in the garbage can for a trip to the landfill. It doesn’t have to be that way. Have a green Christmas by skipping the wrapping paper altogether. Wrap your gifts in fabric, old newspapers, paper bags or last years wrapping paper that you saved for that purpose. It’s not about the wrap, it’s the gift inside that counts.
Mulch your tree.
Most cities have programs set up for this. It’s a great opportunity to have a green Christmas. Drop your tree off to be turned into mulch for next years yard and garden. Where I live, you bring your tree for drop off and pick up your free mulch at the same time. Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it free, considering the price of Christmas trees. Still, it’s about as ecofriendly as it gets.
Use the good dishes.
You don’t have to feel guilty about using the good dishes any more. Now, it’s an awesome way to have a green Christmas. Ditch the paper and plastic disposables. Break out the fancy silverware, dishes and glassware you never use. Sure, there will be a few dishes to wash. Think of it as a bonding experience with family members. Having a green Christmas is something you can all do to save the earth together. It’s a Christmas gift in itself.
Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.