Holiday Time — Simple, Green & Less-commercial

» Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Just For Fun | 0 comments

There’s a lot of online articles about cultivating a simple, green, less-commercial season. But who has time to read them? In an effort to truly keep things simple, we’ve gone through a slew of articles and compiled our favorite ideas and tips for the season.

Simple:

This lady has it covered! Michelle at NannyPro has compiled 30 blog posts about scaling down, planning ahead, and managing materialism at the holidays.

Here are a few unique tips from two bloggers that resonated with us:

  • Only do traditions that bring your family great joy.
  • Say No to the parties.
  • Organize your house now to make room for gifts.
  • Buy online and ship gifts direct, even to those who live nearby.

Green:

Eartheasy.com offers this startling stat for the Holiday.

“Half of the paper America consumes each year is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. (Source: The Recycler’s Handbook, 1990)  In the US, the annual trash from gift wrap and shopping bags totals over 4 million tons.”

No need to be a part of that statistic. Use recycled paper to wrap gifts or buy re-usable cloth gift bags (available at our school store). Here are some other great ideas online for going green:

  • Lift the taboo on re-gifting.
  • Gift up-cycled items.
  • Give the gifts that require no batteries.
  • Choose environmentally friendly decorations like LED Lights and Live Potted Trees.

Less Commercial:

We’ve all been urged to buy local and buy less.  Here are some ideas for getting buy-in from family. Treehugger.com says:

  • Talk to your extended family now about changing gift giving rituals for the long term (you’re not the only one overwhelmed by the stuff).
  • Shorten your adult gift list. They’re grown ups. They’ll understand.
  • Give those still on the adult list a simple handmade item or small token of gratitude.
  • And for the kids, ask your children to create a short gift list and put items in order of importance.

Good luck out there. Enjoy the season!

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