And....reuse gift boxes as toys, both children and cats love them. Buy a reusable tree, if you have cats and children, use ornaments that do not break easily, both will be playing in and around the tree. I bought some inexpensive ornaments from the Greater Good site - many were made from old mother-boards and reused magazines. Non-breakable, long lasting and you are supporting Free Trade, plus they are really attractive.
Saturday December 14, 2013, 9:03 am
Growing up my mother kept in the attic a large, what she called "HAPPY" box(Happy birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah). Inside were literally years of saved paper, tissue paper, bows, etc.
In the 70's she was called a "saver", little did she know she aheaed of her time.
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:10 am
And ... buying a turkey (or whatever) that is the size you really need rather than the ginormous one you (I) normally get and a) it takes an absolute age to cook and b) you're (I'm) fed up with it way before it's finished!
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:06 pm
what allan says there was very identical in my family and I maintained much of that habit as well..
folks, just don't confuse xmas with St Paddy's ;-) don't overdue ;-)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 9:08 pm
Yep, I have a big plastic tub full of reusable and often reused wrapping and the odd holiday card. I thought soy candles were better than beeswax and paraffin. Hmmmm.... Another green tip: don't buy exfoliants with "microbead" scrubbers. They are polyethylene or polypropylene micro plastics that get into marine habitats and the food chain. Get natural scrubs, like sugar or ground almond pits, instead. Better yet, skip gifts and donate to charities.