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Nov. 2nd, 2008 @ 05:50 pm 'Tis the Season
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As we rapidly approach the most glutinous time of the year, I invite everyone to share their ideas for a greener holiday season.  What have you done in the past that really works to save money, time, electricity, or other resources?  What will you do differently this year, if anything?  How do you handle gift-giving in an eco-friendly manner?

I will humbly begin with a few examples of  my own.  Last year, I chose not to decorate my home at all.  No lights=no extra electricity and I didn't do a tree.  I was busy and didn't miss all the extra work.  This year I might buy a local tree and I am thinking about purchasing LED Christmas lights from http://www.environmentallights.com.  Last year, I made soy candles to give as gifts to my family and friends.  It ended up being just as expensive as buying gifts, so this year I might just buy gifts instead because I know a lot of people out of work who would benefit more from a gift of food or toiletries.

Please share your wisdom and creativity with the group.  We need you and thank you for contributing what you have this year!
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From:mellyjc
Date:November 3rd, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
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We reuse wrapping paper a LOT.

And I'm not sure if it's the friendliest but we have an artificial tree and put that up every year.
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From:tiny_wings
Date:November 3rd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
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I keep every single gift bag I get and regift them.
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From:tiny_wings
Date:November 3rd, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
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We enjoy turning all our lights off and turning only the tree lights on, and sitting with hot chocolate and looking at the tree. I figure having only one set of lights (house lights or tree lights) on at a time is less electricity consumed.

Also, because we live in a small apartment, we bought a tiny artificial tree, which means less decorations (they come wrapped in plastic), less lights and less energy. I think an artificial tree is probably better than a real tree, probably easier on the land... But don't quote me on that as I haven't properly researched it yet.

We are also big on passing the recycling bag around after presents have been opened, and making sure that whatever can be recycled, is recycled. I tend to make and wrap the presents myself because that way I have control over what I use to wrap the presents in.
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From:viciousladybug
Date:November 5th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
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There are many perspectives out there on live vs. artificial trees. It won't take you long to find a variety of opinions on the web or elsewhere! :) I think it is interesting that you bought a smaller tree since the bigger is better mentality sometimes dominates our culture.
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From:tiny_wings
Date:November 5th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
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The size of our apartment sort of dictated it, but at the same time it makes a GREAT centerpiece when we have guests over! I think we might buy a slightly bigger one, once we have a house, and if we had kids, it would be great to have a treasure hunt for the presents rather than just sticking them under the tree :-P
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From:viciousladybug
Date:November 5th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the advice on LED lights! I'm in the dark on that, ha ha.

I love that you brought up the point of your geographic area when addressing your tree needs! Being in MI, I take it for granted that there are pine trees growing in my front yard and two Christmas tree farms within about 1.5 miles from my house! A well-made fake tree really is the best choice for you since they have to be shipped in.

My concern for myself this year is to buy a tree that is grown without pesticides, so I can support my neighbors/local economy and yet still have minimal impact on the environment. As far as recycling, I can let it biodegrade in the yard which I know isn't an option for others. The birds love it! ;)

Please do post on gift ideas/packaging later on!
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From:tiny_wings
Date:November 5th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Post of gifts and packaging = YES PLEASE!! :-D