This year due to personal circumstances we are very behind with the festivities. I told you previously that Christmas usually starts for us on 1st December, well it didn’t. We are now postponing and fast tracking the festivities to try and catch up. Several of my usual traditions have slipped, we are yet to start reading the Christmas mystery, this year I bought a wreath and for the first time ever…. a cut tree! Our usual tree remains in our front garden adorned with our solar fairly lights and on Saturday we all took a trip to a local farm to choose our tree. I must say though… most spectacular tree EVER!!!! If you have also got yourself a cut tree there is hope for us yet, this does not have to ruin our green credentials. When the festivities are over recycle your tree, most local authorities will provide a recycling point for collection. Trees are chipped and turned into compost and mulch to be reused.
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly”, decorate your home with plants from the garden: holly, ivy, branches, berries and cones are all options.
Make decorations out of scrap fabric on a sewing machine. For ideas go to your local library and have a look through the craft books, go to www.hobbycraft.co.uk and search the Ideas library for Christmas decorations or watch a couple of Kirstie Allsopp Christmas crafting programmes that the TV is saturated with at this time of year.
A normal string of Christmas tree lights used for 10 hours a day over the Twelve Days of Christmas generates enough CO2 to fill 12 party balloons. If you are thinking of decorating outdoors with twinkling lights invest in some solar powered ones and help cut greenhouse emissions.
If you want to run your fairy lights indoors for longer than 4 hours buy LED fairy lights which use up to 75% less energy than standard fairy lights.
Turn off the pre-recorded music and sing some carols, it will make you feel lovely and festive…
Send e-cards instead of Christmas cards. Obviously there are some that would appreciate a real card that can be displayed so for them you could make a card out of recycled or recyclable materials or Christmas cards from last year.
A lot of food is thrown away over the Christmas period, plan a menu and freeze leftovers so nothing goes to waste.
Your Christmas lunch doesn’t need to cost the Earth, buy local organic produce or better still go veggy.
Reuse to save energy. While recycling is great it takes a lot of energy to make it into something new so before you recycle consider reusing. Christmas cards are too pretty to throw away! Save your Christmas cards and make them into gift tags for the following year. I like mine to be pretty shapes so I have bought a few large craft punches which come out ever New Year for a day of gift tag making. Use a hole punch to make a hole in your tag and brown garden string or reuse ribbon collected from crackers and gifts you have received to make the tie.
Buy second hand, make things yourself, buy local, give sustainably sourced presents, use recycled gift wrap, make reusable fabric gift wrap, make reusable gift bags, the options are endless…. Christmas day is one day, how long will your giving be impacting on our Earth?
Intrigued by the idea of fabric gift wrap? It is essentially a piece of fabric (with the edges neatened with the sewing machine or pinking shears) that you use to wrap up your presents with the addition of reused ribbon or string. This can be reused each year by either yourself or the receiver.
Looking for a real tree? Buy a thick needled tree grown in a pot (make sure it hasn’t just been dug up with no roots and shoved in a pot, this won’t survive). After Christmas plant it, still in the plastic pot, in a larger pot of compost so it won’t dry out as quickly, this will effectively bonsai it. As long as you don’t forget to water it through the warmer months you can bring it indoors each year for its Christmas splendour. The bonus of this is if you are like me and are exceptionally picky resulting in hours and hours of searching for the right tree the searching is over, you always have the perfect tree!