Make GREEN the color of Christmas!
Not blue, not white, but a healthy, earth-friendly green Christmas is yours. How? Just follow the tips below and your Christmas is guaranteed green. Yuletide is the best time of the year to savor vibrant colors
Not blue, not white, but a healthy, earth-friendly green Christmas is yours. How? Just follow the tips below and your Christmas is guaranteed green.
Yuletide is the best time of the year to savor vibrant colors and warm company of close friends and family in and around your home. For Christmas this year, why not add eco-friendly practices to many of your family rituals, décor and entertaining? For instance, why not use natural décor to lend an organic holiday touch to your home, while preserving the festive nature of the Season. Before you toss your ole Christmas tree away or buy one more strand of holiday lights, find out if they can be recycled if not reused.
Decorate your home with natural décor.
Add fruit, natural fabrics, dried flowers, and pine cones to your holiday centerpiece to bring in rich color and an organic touch to your decorations. Such simple ornaments will look great on your Christmas tree.
Use non-traditional foliage.
Try decorating large vases and planters with twigs, berries, fruit, and straw to add a non-traditional twist on Christmas tree decors.
Large urns or vases placed outside the front entryway of your home or in a foyer or back porch, lanai or patio can create grand holiday statements for your home.
Try a DIY Christmas.
Be creative and pull out your glue gun and knick-knacks to make wreaths, garlands, and ornaments. Use old neckties, shirts, yarn, and seashells to adorn crafty projects this holiday season. Don’t have ideas? Ask your kids –– they always have great ideas from school.
Use holiday symbols instead.
Looking for a minimalist approach to Christmas? Try bringing in décor that uses holiday symbols without the real version. Christmas trees made from recycled cardboard, and snowflakes cut out from last year’s holiday greeting cards will bring a unique, fun and festive look to your home.
Conserve energy and resources.
When the temperature dips this holiday season, use eco-friendly practices to reduce your energy consumption. Use the air-conditioning sparingly or not at all. If it’s safe to do so, throw open your windows to let the chilly breeze in. Use LED lights for decorating your home and keep lights on for a shorter period of time.
Recycle old magazine pages to wrap gifts with. You can do the same with calendars.
Re-purpose your old décor.
Do you have ornaments from last year that adorned a wreath that you don’t use anymore? Use them this year as an ornament to a garland or doorknob in your home. Repurposing holiday décor items for this year will give your home a new look, and save you money!
Give the gift of life.
Trying to think of what to bring to a Christmas party, or what to give as a gift? Seeds and small trees to be planted in the ground are wonderful gifts that will grow for years to come. For instance, the neem tree is said to ward off mosquitoes, find out if you have friends who will welcome a gift of neem.
You may also give two or three pots of herbs or vegetables often used so the recipient may start his/her own herb/vegetable garden at home.
Go organic when you’re shopping.
Organic fair-trade products – like those found at the Human Nature store – offer many choices for the eco-conscious, and they are not all expensive. It might be helpful to know that if you are considering a specific gift for someone dedicated to green living, you are tremendously helping local artisans to provide a better living for themselves and their families.
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