Earth Savvy Ways To Keep The Joy In And The Waste Out of Your Christmas Holiday Celebration

Here we are again in the midst of the Christmas holiday season and the rush is on for the right gifts, festive decorations for the home, food for the holiday table, and outfits for holiday parties. It is also the time of year for countless published statistics on holiday waste, along with articles and snippets about keeping the Christmas holiday green. So at the expense of sounding mundane, keeping Christmas green lessens the negative impact on our environment and provides a positive example for those loving Christmas the most… children. Keeping an eco-friendly balance on the Christmas holiday season doesn’t have to take the joy out of the celebrations and shouldn’t take much effort to accomplish.

A large portion of holiday waste is product packaging. Opting to buy local greatly decreases the amount of packaging needed. Shopping your local stores with re-usable bags eliminates the use of plastic bags or paper bags otherwise needed to get items home. One step better is to use your re-usable bags and shop a local farmer’s market or craft fairs as chosen items are not in commercial packaging. Gift wrapping too is a consideration in excessive product packing. Rather than wrapping gifts in newly purchased gift wrap, opt for no wrappings and just tie up with natural hemp or flax string, pop in a re-usable bag, or use items around the house that can be recycled. Pieces of fabric like old sheets or pillow cases, newsprint, or old maps, decorated with items like old buttons or ribbon, make interesting gift wrap and support the effort of saving our forests. Plus, kids are so creative and will have fun making their own wrappings. If wrappings are bought, purchase from an eco-friendly store wrapping paper made from recycled paper or sustainable fibers such as hemp.

Plastic has a huge negative impact on the environment and the more we can keep out of landfills the better. Avoid Christmas decorations and gifts made from new plastic or that use any kind of petroleum. There are many more eco-friendly options available. Decorating with ornaments made from recycled paper embedded with wildflower seeds can be planted after the holidays; holiday eco home decor like recycled glass serving trays and dishes add elegance to holiday entertaining while eliminating stress to the environment resulting from new glass production; natural fragrance soy wax candles avoid petroleum, support the American Farmer, and bring a soft holiday glow to any room. Already in possession of a lot of holiday stuff? Don’t toss it just to buy new! Instead get creative and re-use or up-cycle.

Gift giving is the fun part of the holiday season and if you choose wisely you can keep it earth friendly. BPA free recycled plastic toys will bring delight to any child while being safe for their health and the health of the environment; garden boxes with seed paper to plant after the holidays, or live plants, add natural life to outdoor and indoor spaces; and natural skin care products void of the chemicals and preservatives that contaminate waterways, are perfect earth savvy gifts. Consider too, holiday gift giving doesn’t have to be about things, it can be a certificate for an outing or get together, or a promise to help with a chore.

Nothing seems to be in more overabundance during the holidays than food. It is a large part of the holiday season and provides comfort and enjoyment as we sit with family and friends. Take an account of past holiday feasts and you’re sure to admit you can reduce the amount of food on your menu. Fruit, bread, and dairy products are the most common items that get thrown out, so these are a good place to start. If you find that once again you have made an entirely too much food, take it to a food shelter! Feeding the hungry is soul warming, especially during the holiday season, and sets a good example for children. Scraps left from plates can be used to feed animals or added to the compost pile. When shopping for your holiday meal, remember to buy local to avoid excessive packaging, cut down on shipping and fuel costs, and support your local farmers. And for goodness sake, re-usable tableware is the way to go to keep things eco-friendly with the added benefit of a shared family activity… dish duty!

Putting on ‘the Ritz’ is a fun part of the holiday season, but fast fashion items do so much damage to the environment and in many cases are not considerate of workers. Responsible fashion items that are Fair Trade, made from organic and sustainable fibers, or are recycled or up-cycled are considerate of our delicate environment and factory workers. Organic growing methods prohibit the use of any chemicals providing a pure product for consumers with no damage to the environment. Fair Trade items take into account the workers and assure factory conditions are up to par and fair wages are received. For eco-friendly holiday fashions, shop consignment stores for recycled fashions, hold clothes swaps, or re-work a fashion from your closet to minimize negative environmental impact. If not handy, on-line stores offering organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo clothing from green manufactures are the best place to shop holiday fashions. Adhering to green standards for manufacturing, packaging, and shipping, the offered products have a lower carbon footprint.

The Christmas holiday season is a joyous time to spend with family and friends. Just a little bit of thought and consideration toward reducing waste, lowering your carbon footprint, and giving to those less fortunate, sets a good example for children and reduces the negative impact on our environment. So this holiday season as you rush around for decorations, holiday gifts, and party attire, pause to give thought on how lucky we are to have all that Mother Nature offers and plan to put in a little effort to keep it green.

Holiday Party Planning is Both Exhausting and Rewarding – Get More of the Latter

Holiday parties offer a superb opportunity to get together with family and friends and to show gratitude for the people in your life.  To ensure a successful event, you’ll want to put forth a lot of effort into your holiday party planning, because holiday parties in particular require a lot of preparation.

For planning your next holiday party, you have many major holidays to choose from.  Each holiday offers its own special theme for your upcoming party occasion.  Take Fourth of July, for example.  This holiday is the perfect occasion for an outdoor barbecue or pool party.  Thanksgiving lends itself well to a friendly dinner party, and Christmas is a great option for you to have a themed cocktail party.  There’s not too much difference between planning a regular party and holiday party planning.

Your first consideration is always the guest list.  You’ll want to ensure that you have plenty of food for everyone attending your party.  As with any party, you’ll need to choose the setting, possibly rent tables or chairs and purchase party supplies.  The greatest variation is that the holidays demand a lot of preparation unto themselves. 

If you are considering hosting Christmas party, remember that you still have to fit in gift shopping, holiday decorating and any other established Christmas preparations in addition to your holiday party planning.  You may want some assistance with your holiday party planning.  You can invite a friend to plan the celebration with you or you could decide to employ the services of a party planner.  

One advantage of planning a holiday party is that the theme is already built-in.  You could choose to spice things up by adding your own unique activities and games or select an elaborate presentation.  It is worthwhile to commit your time and money into the small details that will yield unique party results.  

You could opt for a distinctive party invitation.  Make what you send to your quests unique and special. For Christmas or Hanukkah, your guests could receive their party favors in advance.  A party invitation designed as a gift tag that you attach to a beautifully wrapped gift would certainly get their attention upon arrival at their home.  For a unique Thanksgiving party invite, you can inscribe the invitations in pen in a vernacular that the pilgrims may have used.  You can use homemade aged paper by heating it slightly in the oven and then roll the invitation like a scroll, tied with a twine.  You can do so much with just a little creativity.  Holidays can reveal the imaginative side in all of us.  Use your holiday party planning as a chance to reveal your imagination!

People coming to your holiday party will be anticipating a good time.  Holiday parties are a chance to have fun and an excellent release from the stress of every day life.  As the host or hostess, you’re desire would be to offer this break for your guests.  You’ll want your guests remembering your holiday party long after the occasion has passed.  With the passing of time, people don’t often recall each holiday gathering that they attend.  By hosting an extraordinary holiday party, you can provide your guests with a cherished memory of the distinctive holiday joy they experienced at your holiday celebration.

Planning “The” Holiday Party

When getting together with family and friends over the Holidays you want to appreciate the people you have in your life. You can show them how much you appreciate them by preparing a great Holiday Party.

The majority of people these days celebrate all kinds of Holidays and with those different holidays come different kind of parties. For instance barbecues and pool parties in Fourth of July, dinner parties on Thanksgiving while a Christmas party can be a Cocktail party. Holiday party planning is not much different then planning other types of parties. You still have to invite people and make sure that you have enough food for your guests. Consider the venue, renting tables or chairs and maybe buying party supplies. If you are planning a Christmas party not only do you have to think of the party but you also have to incorporate the gift shopping, holiday decorations and all the other Christmas preparations.So you can ask someone to plan the party with you or for you, like a party-planner.

When throwing a Holiday party the theme is already chosen for you. What you have to do is sit down and do some research and put the time and money into the little things that makes your party unique. Consider doing a fabulous invitation. Change it up. Why not buy a small gift for all your guests and wrap it as a gift with the invitation on it, then send it to their home. Especially around Christmas and Hanukkah time, it is a much appreciated and fun invitation. You can send the invitation rolled up and tied with a string. There are so many things you can do; it only takes a little imagination. At Holiday times you get away with having some imagination, making the silly or impossible, possible.

Everybody looks forward to Holiday parties, it is the few parties during the year that you can let loose and forget the daily grind and pressures of life. We all look forward to have a good time. I think it is fun to be the host especially when your well planned party sticks with people and as each year goes by they still remember your party, saying; “that was the holiday that we went to so and so’s place”.

Above all have fun and enjoy the company of friends and family.