So this is the time of year when Father Christmas’ elves return from their fortnight in the Maldives (if only!) and start work again. Post Christmas is always a big deal for me because while everyone is thinking New Year’s … Continue reading
We are about to enter into my absolute favourite time of year, the month I look forward to all year. Many months of planning and dreaming take place in anticipation and this makes me a little giddy with excitement. I’d like to think that when I die the thing that will be remembered about me most is that little spark that appears in me over Christmas, the bit of me that is the person I used to be, want to be and who I have always been but perhaps is hidden or overlooked the majority of the time. I want my children to be able to say that, in the words of Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, “she made everything beautiful”. I should add that I’m not planning on dying soon but I guess life has taught me that this is something you can’t control.
Last year I wrote about my addiction to Advent and posted 24 green Christmas tips one for every day of Advent, this year I am hoping to seek inspiration elsewhere. I have signed up to the Bible Society Advent Challenge, each day I will choose from a list an act of goodwill to carry out on some unsuspecting person. I’d like to think that I will be doing some anyway but I think receiving a reminder every day to think of others is no bad thing and something to strive towards.
Part of my planning for Christmas is the HUGE list of presents for me to make, I absolutely love planning what to give to people, making or buying and giving them away.
This year I have reached a major milestone, I have learnt how to crochet (thank you Sam). My new little group of crochet friends, the new skills I have learnt and the laughter we have shared has been so special to me and has reminded me of that part of me I miss so often. For many years I have wanted to learn to crochet so I could make snowflakes and give some away and in the last month I have been perfecting my snowflake making, as many different ones as possible, some for me and some to hopefully pass on a little of my Christmas giddiness to others.
This milestone has been so important to me I feel it only right that I name this year the year of the snowflake.
Make a New Years Resolution to continue to be ‘green’ next year.
Don’t leave your central heating on a high temperature while away, turn the thermostat down to a minimum temperature, reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills.
When visiting people over the Christmas period make sure all electrical equipment at home is switched off and not left on standby, as well and cutting your energy use you will save some money too.
A lot of travelling is done over the Christmas period, car share, walk or take public transport when you can. If you are feeling very brave and need a blast of cold air to wake up there is always your bike too!
I have visited a landfill site, they are definately places to avoid! They don’t smell or look nice, they fill up our countryside with rubbish and create wasteland. Much of what ends up in landfill could actually be recycled or reused, once underground we can’t get at all those precious resources anymore. Approximately 30% more glass, steel and aluminium are thrown away after Christmas, most local authorities collect these or provide a local recycling point so make sure yours don’t end up in landfill.
As a gift make someone a hamper of local produce or homemade goodies and display in a reusable jute bag or second hand basket from a charity shop or boot sale.
A lot of packaging is thrown out over Christmas. Buy loose rather than pre-packed vegetables for your Christmas dinner and reduce waste.