Ahhh the holiday season, my favorite time of year! Yummy food, time with friends and family, cozy weather, and delicious treats. Then there are presents. Don’t get me wrong I love receiving thoughtful and intentional gifts from my loved ones and giving as well, but this time of year has been marketed into a crazy shop for all. Did you know, Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage or about 1 million extra tons per week! That’s crazy, just because its the holidays does not give us an excuse to go wild with creating waste. Here are some ways you can have a special and sustainable holiday season.
Thrift your decorations
There are so many unique Christmas decoration finds you can find at thrift stores. I found these antique collectible Christmas plates, they had a few at the Casa De Los Ninos Thrift store if you live in Tucson. Not only are you creating a unique holiday set up for your home but you’re giving a second life to so many quality items.
Thrift your gift wrap or use material around the house
Surprisingly, thrift stores have bags tissue paper, bows, and even these cute bags in really great condition for a fraction of the price. Another great idea is to repurpose old newspaper or packaging paper and dress it up with some plants like rosemary, baby’s breath, or pine leaves.
Use nature to decorate your tree
Pinecones, fresh flowers, and dehydrated fruit like oranges / lemons / grapefruit make the most beautiful Christmas tree decorations. One year I even made ornaments from the bottoms of the tree they cut off. They already have holes, so I just tied some yarn through and painted them. You could leave them bare for a more natural look or paint them fun bright colors!
Shop local or make your own Christmas gifts
Trust me I get it, Amazon is Captian convenience, but buying local or making your own is so much more intentional and thoughtful. You’re letting your loved ones know how much you care about them while also supporting the community you live in.
Some small businesses that rock:
Homemade gift ideas
- Artisanal salt
- Creative plant holders
- Homemade cookies
- DIY Cocktail Drink Set
Also debatable, I don’t have a decision on this but a real or fake tree? I’ve heard good points on both sides. Fake prevent trees from being cut down but real trees are grown specifically to be cut down and are compostable. Thoughts?
Update: I had someone reach out on Instagram and say they have a second hand Christmas tree and I think that option is the most sustainable. However, I prefer a real tree in my home, it smells amazing and reminds me of my childhood since my dad always got us a real tree. By now you know, I’m a firm believer in effort over perfection. I use a real tree I bought some gifts from Amazon, but I also thrifted most of my decorations and shopped local whenever possible. It’s a balance, and with that, I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!
Peace & love to all!