At Green Baby Guide she wrote about the debate over Christmas trees and what is environmentally friendly. She asked what everyone else did concerning trees and I thought it would be fun to look at many of our traditions and check out how green and/or thrifty they are.
- Concerning a tree. We don't have one. The real reason for that (for us) is not to be green or thrifty but it is both never the less. Obviously that is not what most people want so you get to debate over real or fake, but for us it works.
- Decorating. I really enjoy decorating (whether it be for Christmas, fall, company coming, moving into a new house...) so I have fun! Decorating is not hard to keep thrifty and green if you are willing to be creative. Think about what you have and work from there. At this time of year I enjoy going out in the woods and walking around and I look for pine bows that have fallen (They add such a nice scent to the house!), pine cones or other fun looking branches that I can use to decorate with. I also enjoy pulling out lots of candles including the ones we made from old candles and crayons. Tin can luminaries can be made quite easily and can add a festive touch (and a pretty safe place to put your candles. Look for things around your house that are red, green, silver or gold and put a grouping together. Have fun and be creative! New stuff that costs money and comes in lots of packaging isn't really what is needed.
- Gifts. Homemade presents usually work well for being both thrifty and green. It is especially nice when you can make something from "Trash" such as rag rugs, many kids toys, quilts, the list can go on and on. I have been having a series on A Homemade Christmas every Monday where I share various ideas for Homemade gifts etc. for Christmas. I also have a Mr. Linky set up so that others can post their ideas as well. I would love for you to join me. Another excellent resource for getting ideas for homemade gifts is at the Library. Our library has many, many books with ideas and instructions in them.
- Wrapping Paper. I think it is fun to have pretty gifts but I am not so much into using brand new paper that gets crumpled up immediately. I have written a whole post on various ways to wrap your presents without using new paper.
Though we aren't completely Thrifty and Green with our Christmas celebration (We do enjoy lights on our house) but every bit helps and it can also be a lot of fun to go that route!!
What ways are you Thrifty and Green for the holidays?