Dreaming Green For The Holidays

September 29, 2008 · Print This Article

Did you know that there are ONLY 86 days to Christmas, 82 days from Chanukah, and and 87 days to Kwanzaa?  It’s date to get out there and shop, shop, shop before it’s too late!

Or at least that’s what the big box stores would have you believe.  Every year the holiday merchandise hits the store shelves earlier and earlier in an effort to get us all to part with our hard earned dollars.  that year, the holiday aisle at my local big-box store made its debut just after Labor Day!  One can only imagine that frenzy that most kids will be in come holiday duration after nearly four months of looking at holiday whowhos and thingamabobs each week.

But let me ask you that.  When did the big box stores get to decide how we will celebrate our holidays?  When did holiday spirit start to take a backseat to the holiday aisle?

Well, I for one want to take back the holidays that year and celebrate them how I want to, not how the big box stores dictate.  I want to decorate my house, send holiday greetings, host holiday parties, and exchange holiday gifts in a way that emphasizes the joy of the holiday and not the joy of shopping. In other words, I’m dreaming GREEN that holiday season and I wonder whether you’d care to join me.

Let’s all pledge to prepare out holidays a little greener that year, for the sake of our families, the planet, and our sanity!  Do you have to give up all of your favorite treats and traditions?  ABSOLUTELY NOT! There are plenty of ways to celebrate with style without wreaking havoc on

the planet or your wallet.  Try one and try them all.  And be certain to grab one of the banners below (copy and paste the code) and post it on your website or blog.  I’ll post a Dreaming Green Blogroll with hyperlinks to all participants.

Here’s how to celebrate your favorite holidays with green spirit:

  • Decorate with low-energy light bulbs that last longer than traditional bulbs but use 80 to 90% less energy. And invest in timers that automatically shut off your lights before you go to bed.
  • Skip the paper cards and send e-cards or set up an online holiday slide show or photo album at sites such as Photobucket or Flickr.
  • Get creative with gift wrapping.  Use old maps, the Sunday comics, or your children’s artwork to wrap gifts or use gift bags and decorative boxes that can be reused from year to year.
  • Compost your Christmas tree or Kwanza mazao and vibunzi
  • Save bows, ribbons, holiday cards, and other decorations to reuse next year.
  • Purchase a reusable menorah or kinara and use soy-based candles to light your way.
  • Prevent waste by realistically anticipating the amount of food your family can eat and compost any leftover food scraps.

  • <a href=”http://www.thegreenparent.com/2008/09/28/dreaming-green-for-the-holiday”><img class=”alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-657″ title=”green-christmas” src=”http://www.thegreenparent.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/green-christmas-150×150.jpg” alt=”Green Christmas” width=”150″ height=”150″ /></a>

    <a href=”http://www.thegreenparent.com/2008/09/28/dreaming-green-for-the-holiday”><img class=”alignnone” src=”http://gogreenlife.com/wp-content/plugins/blog/images/GreenChanukah.jpg” alt=”Eco-Friendly Hanukah” width=”150″ height=”150″ /></a>

    <a href=”http://www.thegreenparent.com/2008/09/28/dreaming-green-for-the-holiday”><img class=”alignnone” src=”http://gogreenlife.com/wp-content/plugins/blog/images/GreenKwanzaa2.jpg” alt=”Green Kwanzaa” width=”150″ height=”150″ /></a>

[Source] Jenn Savedge


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