Since Thanksgiving just ended and everyone is thinking about Christmas, now is a great time to revamp your holiday approach to how you buy, decorate, and even eat for the holiday season. Most people go with the generic ways to buy gifts for loved ones, decorate their home for Christmas and New Years, and even how they prepare the foods they eat during the holidays as well. This year why not make a change to think outside the box and go more green with all three of these options. Here are some tips to help get your started in the right path toward a more green holiday.
1. Shop online. Shopping online has become more popular due to the fact that most people don’t want to get out of their house on Black Friday and battle the crowds. Most of the stores, other than their door-buster sales, will still have a lot of great ways to save you money, even after Black Friday. Most store sales will last clear into mid-December sometimes. Shopping online not only saves time, it also saves in gasoline, but be sure to look for businesses that use less packaging, and will ship the item(s) to the person on your list.
2. Green decor. This year when you decorate your home for the holidays, go with living plants instead. A live Christmas tree that’s potted is one of the greatest ways to go green inside your home, but look for ones that work well inside a warm home. Small and medium potted trees can be found from reputable dealers and nurseries online, or even at your local nursery. If you would rather have a cut Christmas tree, look for growers that are sustainable in their planting on their farms. Once one is cut, another takes its place the following year by being planted again, and then chip it the tree for mulch in your garden once the year is over. Along with the tree, look to going green with other decor as well. Look for garland, boughs, and mistletoe that’s living are also a nice touches to your holiday decorations. Be sure to use LED or low wattage bulbs for your tree or house to save on energy usage too. Don’t forget to string up some popcorn, or cranberries to add to your living tree and decor.
3. Gift giving. Instead of actual gifts, consider handmade goods, vintage items, gift cards, or baked goods. Giving something that hasn’t been processed through with a large amount of packaging is also a great holiday green option. Gift cards are a fantastic way to give the receiver something that they won’t be disappointed in. Getting a gift card to their favorite location allows them to pick exactly what the need or want.
4. Go with e-cards. To save on paper this year go with e-cards instead of paper Christmas cards. An email is a great way to save on a lot of paper, and you can send photos, and a quick note along with your email too.
5. Better food choices. Go organic this year with your meal planning. From the organic turkey and ham, to the organic dessert options. Stock the kid’s stocking with organic fruits like apples and oranges instead of processed candy. And don’t forget to leave cookies for Santa that have been made with organic ingredients!
Don’t forget! November 30 is small business Saturday. Be sure and go green with your shopping by buying items that are local. Shopping local is a great way to go green and it really is appreciated by the smaller businesses in your community. If you already shop local, thank you from small businesses everywhere.