Making Your Holidays Eco-Friendly!

With the holidays here, we begin our traditions. And why not help those traditions have a smaller impact on our world?  Here are a few tips for keeping your holidays green: Decorations Why not use decorations from last year and years before?  It may not be trendy to reuse decorations, but it can create fond family memories.  I remember using the same ornaments year after year as a child, and my family uses many of them still.  The decorations then become more meaningful and allow us to feel nostalgic during the holidays. If you find some of your decorations are no longer to your taste, be sure to donate them so that they can provide holiday cheer for other households. Use edible objects for holiday centerpieces, such as apples or holiday candies in a bowl or glass canister. Baked goods like decorated cookies on platters make fun displays with color! Making your own decorations is always a greener option than buying new ones.  If you do decide to make your own, use raw materials that are less harmful to the environment.  Things that make beautiful decorations are grass, twigs, dried flowers, and even scratch paper… the possibilities are endless. Holiday Cards Email fun family photos for Christmas cards…it saves on paper! But if sending a card in the mail is what you desire, have kids make them by drawing colorful and fun pictures. Hand-deliver cards when possible for a personal touch!

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