Holiday Time — Simple, Green & Less-commercial

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.


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: 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. 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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