Spending quality time with your family during the holiday season is terrific. While you are creating memories to look back on for years to come, you are also passing down family traditions. Celebrating Christmas, while being eco-friendly is a super way to open up your children to unique ways of giving during the holiday season. Below are a variety of ways your family can be eco-friendly this Christmas.
Make Edible Gifts
This eco-friendly activity is a win/win situation. Baking with your family can be an enjoyable time for everyone involved. It’s a prime opportunity to capture fun pictures of your family, while teaching your children about creating gifts and being eco-friendly during the holidays. Brownies, cakes, cookies, and pies are delightful edible gifts. Before deciding on what to bake, check to see if there are any food allergies or other special dietary needs that you should be aware of before delivering your edible gifts.
Recycle Holiday Cards
Families can get into the habit of keeping too many holiday cards that they have received over the years. Getting these cards may be very enjoyable, but some do not serve much of a purpose after the holidays. Gather all of the holiday cards from the past years that do not hold sentimental meaning for you. Cut each card down the middle to separate the front and back cover. If there is no writing on the inside of the front covers, you’ll be able to recycle these sections into holiday postcards! Turn over the front covers (horizontally), write your holiday greeting on the left side, leaving room for the address to be written on the lower right hand side. All you need is postage and you are ready to send off your Christmas postcard. Not only are you being eco-friendly, but you are also saving a bit of money in postage because it is cheaper to mail postcards than it is to mail cards inside of envelopes.
Make Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags
You can easily make your own wrapping paper and gift tags with items in your home. This is an ideal opportunity to recycle different objects, while partaking in an eco-friendly activity with your family.
The article,DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas, contains three fun tutorials that focus on reusing and recycling.
Make Holiday Decorations
Collect items from around your home that haven’t been used or that don’t get much use, such as pillar candles or bags of potpourri. While on a walk outdoors with your family, pick some pinecones and acorns for your DIY holiday decorations. Combine the nature items with the candles and potpourri in dishes or bowls to use as holiday décor or arrange in a centerpiece for your dinner table.
Do a Community Service Project
Participating in an eco-friendly service project in your community would be a wonderful event to do with your family during the Christmas holiday. Contact local churches, community centers, or the city hall to locate information on any planned community services projects. If you would prefer to plan a service project just for your family, that would be fine as well. Consider arranging a clean-up at a local park or the area around your neighborhood’s clubhouse. If you pick up any recyclable items from your community service project, take them to a nearby recycling center. Contact your local animal shelter and request a list of items that they are in need of. You may have these items already sitting around your home, such as stacks of newspapers.