Plan A Green Christmas

Going green — By Amy on November 30, 2008 at 9:00 am

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The holidays can be the most wonderful and wasteful time of the year. This year, I’m going to plan a green Christmas. We’re scaling back and making different choices that will be better for the planet. Luckily, these choices will benefit our family budget as well.

How about it? Will you plan a Green Christmas?

All you need is a plan. A good, clean , eco-friendly plan for all of your holiday needs. I found the following books that address greening up your party planning, gift giving, decorating and holiday meals.

Get clear on what changes you can make to your holiday events. These books will be especially helpful to those of us who are new to going green and are in need of some fresh inspiration.

Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season

You can spread holiday cheer all over and leave a smaller carbon footprint on the way. This book instructs readers on the following:

  • Making the right tree decision Finding holiday card alternatives
  • Avoiding the massive holiday catalog waste
  • Green gifts to give or make
  • How to have a cozy green fire
  • How to create a holiday lighting display that is eco-friendly

It promises to help you plan an green Christmas that won’t be lacking in any of the joy and splendor of the old celebrations.

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A Greener Christmas

Want to go even greener this Christmas? A Greener Christmas, edited by food and lifestyle maven Sheherazade Goldsmith, will help you make your home green, merry and bright! It includes crafts, gardening advice, recipes for green holiday meals from local farms, home decoration tips and an entertaining guide.  Get the entire family involved in simple seasonal projects such as creating candlelit lanterns, hand-stitched stockings, and cozy homemade wreaths. From the introduction:

Trim your homegrown tree with shiny recycled tinsel, spicy dried citrus fruits, and wood-scented pinecones. Give heartfelt, environmentally-friendly gifts like homemade herbal teas and mulled wine sachets, all wrapped up in gorgeous, reusable packaging.

And if you don’t have time to read a book before the celebrations begin, here are some tips on eco-friendly decorating for the holidays by HGTV’s Design on A Dime Host Frank Fontana.

It’s time to plan a green Christmas and share the most beautiful, festive, and  responsible holiday yet. Are you with me?

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  1. Spread the “green” holiday cheer!

    Holiday Tip #101:
    Instead of buying a pre-cut Christmas tree, buy a potted tree. This way you can plant the tree in the Spring as opposed to just throwing it away after the holiday season.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi Green Home Plan,

    Indeed! We published a post here about “Green” Christmas trees, and agree with the idea of buying a tree you can replant, rather than waste.

    Cheers to you,


  3. ann says:

    for a green-friendly christmas, instead of sending xmas cards, we are making a video and upload it online.

    merry xmas!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Hi Ann – and Merry Christmas to you! The video greeting sounds like an excellent idea! Since I am still waiting for my photo cards to arrive, I am starting to wish I had gone with an easier, greener option this year.

    Have a wonderful holiday!


  5. very interesting site, i have bookmarked your blog for future referrence, thanks

  6. Cool site, i will come back here, regards

  7. What template are you running on this site ? I really like it. Could you post where you got it from ?

  8. we agree with green home pro…we have simply bought firs in a large container, and planted them we have two now over 6ft tall…i live 4mile from mexican border in cochise county, az.—used to live in oregon and wash…..down around estacada and molala,ore. there are a lot of tree farms…believe me, by the time a tree gets here or in southern borders the tree is really dead, we would cut bottom off a few inchs and water it alot…still a very dead tree!!!!therefore, lots of trailer fires with all lost and some deaths…ever watch a tree burn?….life to my family, life to my home, and life to my community….buy live trees and plant them. Aimone

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