Green your holidays to win a $500 Walmart gift card!

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Nickelodeon $500 Walmart gift card Giveaway

I’ve been missing in action for a few days due to our move, but trust me when I tell you I haven’t been idle. Today’s giveaway is one that will make someone’s holiday season just a little bit brighter, and hopefully, a lot greener.

Nickelodeon and Walmart have teamed up to offer a holiday tips contest hosted by the ElevenMoms. I don’t know about you, but Nickelodeon was one of my favorite networks when I was growing up. Who can forget the slime in “You Can’t Do That on Television?” And right now, my daughter loves the shows on Noggin and Nick Jr., so I’m very thankful for this great prize for one of my readers. So what does the winner get?

A whopping $500 Walmart gift card

Want to win this awesome prize?

  • Leave a comment with your best tip for making the holidays greener. Your tip must be relevant, or it will be deleted and won’t count.
  • Each person can leave up to 3 tips. One tip per comment please.
  • Make sure your tips are good, because I will be selecting the 10 best tips. The authors of those 10 tips will be placed in a random drawing for the $500 gift card.
  • A few of the best comments will be posted at the ElevenMoms site.
  • Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on December 12, 2008.

The gift card will be mailed out on December 17, so the winner will have only 2 days to respond with their mailing address before a new winner is selected. The winner will be selected and notified on December 13, so watch your inbox.

I can’t wait to see your tips!

*Most of the ElevenMoms are running contests and we will each pick a winner for a $500 gift card. You may enter more than one giveaway, but you may only win once. If a single entrant wins more than one contest, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Need some ideas?

Throughout this week, Green Your Decor focused on greening key aspects of the Christmas season, including:

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  • Condo Blues November 26, 2008, 9:31 am

    Since the greenest thing to do is use the stuff you already have, I’m keeping and using my incandesent Chrismas tree lights but I’m greening it by only lighting them on Christmas day when we open the gifts per Danish tradition.

  • Tanya November 26, 2008, 10:05 am

    All year long whenever we receive a gift in a bag or box, we always saved them. By Christmas time we have enough bags, boxes, and sometimes even tissue paper and labels to reuse to wrap our presents.

  • beth November 26, 2008, 10:37 am

    My mother in law started this long before I was in the family. She reuses the wrapping paper, and she is very proud of it. There is one piece of wrapping paper that has been used for 12 xmas in a row. Now it a game who can not rip the paper so she can reuse it.

    beths last blog post..Very Random Free Stuff

  • beth November 26, 2008, 10:40 am

    Instead of using tissue paper, we use the paper from the shredder, and if we want color I just throw the funnies from the news paper in the shredder, for smaller bags, I shred the envelopes from holiday cards.

    beths last blog post..Very Random Free Stuff

  • Jenn (The Green Parent) November 26, 2008, 10:43 am

    We’re big into composting, so we throw our tree in the backyard to provide shelter for the birds all winter long, then we compost it in the spring. You can also compost Kwanza mazao and vibunzi.

    Jenn (The Green Parent)s last blog post..Eco-Friendly Toy Review: Natural Pod

  • sandy November 26, 2008, 1:02 pm

    Well the first thing to do is get new lights if you use them- they have some great energy saving led bulbs at walmart- save you money and are safer for the enviorment. Walmart also has solar lights for outside you can get- save on electric bill which is great. Recycle what you have- paint over ornaments- making something new out of something old. As far as wrapping paper..think what do you have around the house magazines..newspapers…pillowcases with bows and ribbons to close- a huge sheet for the bigger items> saves money and is cheaper. Instead of buying things… use what you have. Do you need a tree skirt>>>how about an older baby quilt that can be repurposed-..See what you can repurpose before you go out and spend money on things you may not need and really cannot afford to buy

  • Tanya Wilson November 26, 2008, 4:32 pm

    For holiday dinners and parties, use only non-disposable utensils, dishes, and platters to reduce waste. Make it a grand affair & encourage family members and friends to pitch in a little elbow grease & help with clean up (dishwashing, drying,etc.) and packing up leftovers in reusable containers (like tupperware) Make clean up fun by singing carols, telling stories or jokes, etc. Don’t forget to use wine charms (these can be easily hand made) on wine glasses so that they can be reused throughout the evening.

  • Stef November 26, 2008, 4:43 pm

    I’m interested in LED Christmas lights, which are 90% more efficient than regular Christmas lights. According to a U.S. Department of Energy study, if everyone replaced their conventional holiday light strings with LEDs, at least two billion kilowatt-hours of electricity could be saved in a month.

  • Stef November 26, 2008, 4:49 pm

    Another good tip is to send recycled Christmas cards or e-cards.

    There is a good article on Ideal Bite concerning this.

    Stefs last blog post..Taking some Me(me) time.

  • Jennifer B. November 26, 2008, 4:53 pm

    One small tip for me goes back to the wrapping paper. How often do we have those odd size pieces left over from the roll? I know for myself I ALWAYS do. So I started collecting those little peices and putting them away. Then at holiday time I frame them. That’s right, I said it, I frame them. Done well, they can make awesome holiday wall decorations. For example I have two peices of red wrap with gold design and two peices of just plain gold (actually used for a wedding present). I arranged them in an alternate patern 2X2, and put them in an antiqued wood frame. It looks beautiful.

  • Marci November 26, 2008, 5:04 pm

    Get a Live Christmas Tree (plant it in your yard in the spring), decorate it with recycled ornaments (used christmas cards, paper, bows and ribbons make great designs) add LED lights that use 80-90% less power and stay cool to the touch so they won’t singe the tree and make sure to only turn it on when you are in the same room with it to enjoy your “Green” tree.

  • Sarah November 26, 2008, 5:14 pm

    Have a Locovore Thanksgiving or Christmas. A locovore meal is a meal cooked entirely from ingredients that are produced, grown, or raised as close to your home as possible. No boxed or canned items, and no frozen turkey from across the country. Most food that you buy in your grocery store has traveled many miles to get there which is extremely harmful to the environment. Preservatives are commonly used to keep foods fresh longer, which can potentially be hazardous to human health. Not to mention the pesticides and chemicals used which can be damaging to both the environment and your family. In addition, money spent at a local business means the majority of that money stays in your local community which helps boots the economy. Communities and families will reap more economic and health benefits.

    Eat local this holiday!

  • Trisha November 26, 2008, 5:16 pm

    We never wrap any presents from Santa. Why waste all that extra wrapping paper? The gifts that we do wrap we keep the paper and re-use it. That saves so much paper. When it reaches the end of it’s life, we recycle it.

  • Trisha November 26, 2008, 5:17 pm

    Another thing we do is we use a timer for the lights. That way they aren’t being turned on before it’s dark, or being forgotten and left on all night. It helps save electricity, yet still gives you the option of having that decor up.

  • judy brittle November 26, 2008, 5:21 pm

    This is so wonderful. The funny thing this blends in perfect with what we were planning to do in a couple of weeks. A few of my friends and I decided to get together to take a bus,yes a bus and go to the grocery store together and buy all our Christmas baking supplies with cloth bags of course but the trick this year is no bake treats so I’ve been looking for fudges and cookies that require no baking. I just thought this would be a fun way to do our part in a small way but have a good time doing it.

  • Noreen November 26, 2008, 5:25 pm

    After Christmas (sometimes right before if the price is right) I get christmasy fabric since it is usually marked down a lot. I then use it for wrapping. It does not not rip and can be used over and over. (You can even wash it if it gets grimy.) I usually tie it closed with left over ribbons (I use them over and over too!) The idea works the rest of the year with other types of fabric also.

    Noreens last blog post..Vote Daily for my Girls’ Video and Win!!

  • Donna November 26, 2008, 5:31 pm

    I save my gift boxes each year and reuse them. I also reuse ribbon and some gift paper.

  • Michele Pineda November 26, 2008, 5:32 pm

    Since I am new to green living-I do a few things. First, I recycle old holiday cards by using last years cards as holiday postcards (I cut them in half) I end up saving on postage as well… I re-use wrapping paper and gift bags whenever possible, because I hate to see such pretty paper being thrown away if it’s still ok to use. The wreath and tree will be put out back and composted for our garden in the spring and I don’t decorate much in the way of lights etc… Basically we have lights on the tree, kept on for a few hours each evening. This year we will be buying the LED lights to save on energy -they may cost more up front but provide a significant cost savings in the long run. Also I will compost household garbage/food waste from the holiday meals if at all possible. (coffee grinds, fruit peels etc…) It seems we always eat more during the holidays, and if I can cut back on some of the actual waste and compost it that will be great for us, the environment and our garden. Also, our walkway gets slippery and using commercial ice melters is harmful for pets and the lawn/grass. I didn’t realize this until I started reading green blogs. I will be using sand this year perhaps along with kitty litter, but I am still researching green alternatives on this. This site has been very helpful in my quest to become more “green” in my way of thinking, thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • judy brittle November 26, 2008, 5:32 pm

    One other thing I tried to do this year was make a gift basket for each of my daughters filled with environmentally friendly and organic products.

  • Vickie Couturier November 26, 2008, 5:34 pm

    Ive found that when I wrap a gift in something that goes with the gift,it is good for everyone,like a kitchen items I would wrap in a festive kitchen towel,can be resued over an over,an bath items would be wrapped in a nice bath towel,get the picture,theres lots of things to use to be creative,handerchiefs,golf towels,an really people appricate the thought that you took to find something to wrap the gift in,that can be reused again an again

  • Marisa M November 26, 2008, 5:37 pm

    Buy gifts from thrift stores or off of Craig’s list. This works especially well with my young kids. They don’t know the difference, and I can get them great stuff for not much money. No wasted packaging or materials for new toys!

    Marisa Ms last blog post..#32 What to do with your "icky" water

  • Marisa M November 26, 2008, 5:40 pm

    I save boxes and padded envelopes for several months before Christmas to reuse for shipping stuff to family members. Mine and my husband’s families are so spread across the country– I end up shipping a huge number of packages for Christmas.

    Marisa Ms last blog post..#32 What to do with your "icky" water

  • Marisa M November 26, 2008, 5:43 pm

    Here’s my third tip! For those I can’t find good used gifts for, I am helping them to get on the road to being green (my family thinks we’re a little on the crazy side for all the green things we do) by buying them things like reusable bags and CFL bulbs. In the long run these things will save them money as well as helping them to go green.

    Marisa Ms last blog post..#32 What to do with your "icky" water

  • Amy B. November 26, 2008, 5:51 pm

    My family sometimes uses newspapers for wrapping christmas gifts and birthday gifts. We used to buy the newspapers before we subscribed online to the town newspaper. Now we just have our other family members save their newspapers because it works just the same as wrapping paper. And we use envelopes that we got as junk mail and cut them up for name tags. We also use the same tree decorations that our kids make for us since they were little. Also for the adult presents if the present is little you can use a paper bag that you got from the grocery store.

  • Erin Walsh November 26, 2008, 6:15 pm

    I know people who want to change their Christmas decor just about every year. Wouldn’t it be great to donate old, but well taken care of, ornaments, nutcrackers, artificial door swags, centerpieces, Christmas books, movies, etc to local schools who could have a holiday rummage sale and put those funds to good use in the school districts.

    It would be a new and wonderful holiday tradition for everyone.

  • Shilo Beedy November 26, 2008, 6:21 pm

    Make Christmas ornaments out of pine cones .

    Shilo Beedys last blog post..Chefdruck Musings Contest

  • Shelley K November 26, 2008, 6:30 pm

    We have always saved the boxes, tissue paper etc that any gifts come in. Also, those fancy “gift bags” that we receive…we also save those too. For Christmas, I often use the Sunday comics to wrap a gift in a pinch (if I have run out of wrapping paper or I just can’t fathom buying another roll for just ONE more present…you know how that goes??

    Also, just making homemade ornaments (cookie dough ornaments are a lot of fun and make really ADORABLE looking ones!!)

  • crystal November 26, 2008, 6:33 pm

    My favorite Green Tip for the Holiday is one of my family traditions that my parents started over 20 years ago when i was a little girl.
    We always buy a Christmas Tree with the bulb so we can plant our trees in our yard and watch them grow every year.
    I love finding birds nest in the spring, happy in their new “tree home”,a tree that once was bringing us joy in our home:)

  • sheila k. November 26, 2008, 8:31 pm

    I replaced all my old Christmas lights with LED light strands, which are reputed to be 90 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. Live Christmas trees or rosemary bushes planted in pots and pruned into the shape of Christmas trees have made delightful Christmas trees in recent years, and I plan to do the same again this year. My mom taught us to save the best pieces of wrapping paper each year and reuse them again the next holiday season, which is something I have done since my late teens, saving me cash and making less waste for the landfill.

  • Naomi November 26, 2008, 8:56 pm

    Don’t wrap presents. If possible, make all of your presents!

  • KG November 26, 2008, 9:32 pm

    I am making most of my presents this year. at least for the ladies. I have saved jars and bottles and I am making organic body butters, foot salves, salt and sugar scrubs for them all. I bought what I could at local shops (free trade) and what I couldn’t find local I found also free trade online. I can’t wait to see what they say! I have always been prissy but not always crafty!
    I am even making my 4 nieces lip balms. they will love that.

  • Melody November 26, 2008, 9:49 pm

    This year, I grabbed gifts for my two daughters at a toy exchange we held at my church. Everyone brought outgrown toys and household items, and I ended up going home with a scooter in great shape that will be perfect for my 7-year-old. No packaging to worry about, no new items entering the junk stream — it’s the ultimate in holiday recycling. (Not to mention extremely frugal.)

  • Meredith November 26, 2008, 10:00 pm

    Shop or swap Christmas decorations with your friends. Instead of buying new, get together with your friends and see if they are interested in a trade. There tree you’ve always admired could look really nice in your house!

  • Zoe Lee November 26, 2008, 10:06 pm

    We use a fake tree to save the trees, and have found fabulous recycled ornaments. also, we use the bulbs less, and keep the tree off for most of the day..only keep it on for an hour or so every night. Thanks for the contest, happy thanksgiving.

    Zoe Lees last blog post..New Clothes, and A Challenge….

  • donna s. November 26, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Last year my son and I used all the tissue paper that came in the boxes from presents to make a wreath. We cut the tissue paper into strips, used a wire hanger bent into a circle, and tied the strips all around the hanger until it was fun. We re-used materials and made a pretty decoration in the process! dcadmar at gmail dot com

  • donna s. November 26, 2008, 10:16 pm

    We re-use either left over Christmas cards or ones people have sent us and paste a picture of my son on the front of the card, cut it in half, and write our own message on the back. It looks really nice with a christmas-y border around our son’s picture, and the cards get to be re-used again.
    dcadmar at gmail dot com

  • Jessica Epps November 26, 2008, 11:16 pm

    I re-use my Christmas Cards as name tags on my bags or presents. I have also re-used my cards as gifts. Throughout the year I’ve yardsaled picture frames and placed the cut out card inside the frame with added items. For example, one card had santa in a bath tub. i opened one of my squish pillows and took out some of the guts (small white squishy beads) sewed the pillow back up and added the “guts” to the inside of the frame. It made the picture 3-D. Like santa had a bath with bubbles.

    Great ideas on the site thus far…

    Happy Holidays!

  • Ana Connell November 27, 2008, 12:30 am

    Instead of buying gifts for everyone, adopt a needy family! It’s a great way for an entire family to participate and help those in need and help the environment by buying green alternatives for the adopted family’s wish list. In the process you educate all family members by letting them know that each item purchased is a green alternative and give them recycle tips as part of the gift . In the end you can end up educating two families.

    Ana Connells last blog post..California Real Estate Facts

  • Ana Connell November 27, 2008, 12:33 am

    A follow up tip: deliver your gifts from Santa unwrapped, but use a red or green pillow case that you already have in the house. That way there is still an element of surprise, but you don’t need to use wrapping of any kind.

    Ana Connells last blog post..California Real Estate Facts

  • Lori Z. November 27, 2008, 12:56 am

    Styrofoam peanuts for packing gifts and shipping them are obviously bad for the environment–instead my daughter and I have fun popping popcorn and then when we’re done we use the un-oiled, un-salted popcorn for sending our presents to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They feed the popcorn to their guinea pig and birds.

  • Lori Z. November 27, 2008, 1:02 am

    We drive a lot for the holidays. Rather than drive everywhere once we get to my parents’ house, we walk places like the park, the grocery store, the coffee and breakfast place about a mile away. It cuts down on our emissions a bit and also helps the kids who usually aren’t too keen on being in the car after the drive to get there.

  • Lori Z. November 27, 2008, 1:09 am

    Ok, this might not even count, since I haven’t used them other than at Whole Foods, but I really hate doing the dishes after Christmas dinner, and compostable cutlery really helps with cutting down on landfill waste while still providing the ease of no clean up. I’m still trying to convince my mom that it’s the way we need to go this year…

  • Barb November 27, 2008, 2:01 pm

    My first tip for making holidays greener is related to gifting: don’t gift a thing, give a gift of time or service! There’s no trash involved – no packaging – and it comes from your heart, which makes it all the more valuable. :D

    Barbs last blog post..Siblings

  • Barb November 27, 2008, 2:04 pm

    If you really feel you need to give something physical as a gift, go shopping at your local thrift stores with your giftee in mind. You will find some amazing things, often brand new, and that are unlike the gifts that everyone else is getting.

    If you’re crafty, you can upcycle the gift; often just a simple tweak can make something so much more unique and suited to the giftee.

    Barbs last blog post..Siblings

  • Barb November 27, 2008, 2:07 pm

    My third tip is to use packaging that can be reused by the giftee. We throw away amazing amounts of packaging each holiday season, often paying for boxes that will be tossed (hopefully recycled) the moment the gift is removed. Put some thought into your packaging, which can actually be a gift in itself! :)

    Barbs last blog post..Siblings

  • Kimberly V. November 27, 2008, 5:43 pm

    We try and recycle wrapping paper whenever possible. Especially for large objects that are wrapped. As long as the kids don’t tear it apart too much!!! We also use wrapping paper as “padding” when we mail things rather then buy and use tissue paper or bubble wrap. We just keep the ripped up wrapping paper that we can’t reuse in a bag and then just take from it when we need to ship something out that needs a bit of padding.

    You can also look for other ways to “wrap” a gift such as with a scarf or a blanket.

  • Kimberly V. November 27, 2008, 5:47 pm

    When you are giving an edible gift (and even some non-edible ones like bath and body products) use a container that can be reused over and over again rather then a plastic left over dish that will be thrown away. If you are giving homemade baked goods, like cookies, why not put them inside a personalized cookie jar. Not only will you keep the plastics out of the landfills but you’ll also be giving another great gift that can be used over and over and over again.

  • Kimberly V. November 27, 2008, 5:48 pm

    Rather then toss out broken decorations use them to create new decorations. Take the ornaments or decorations that are broken, remove “usable” pieces and give them to kids on a snowy day to create new ornaments to hang on your tree or to give as gifts.

  • Kristen November 27, 2008, 9:02 pm

    Tip#1: Put your Christmas lights on a timer. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gone off and accidentally left them on overnight. A timer prevents that and keeps energy usage down!

    Kristens last blog post..Black Friday *Cell Phone* Giveaway!

  • Kristen November 27, 2008, 9:17 pm

    Tip#2: Shop online. Save gas.

    Kristens last blog post..Black Friday *Cell Phone* Giveaway!

  • Kristen November 27, 2008, 9:20 pm

    Tip#3 Don’t use paper/ribbon bows on your gifts. If you must, use fabric reusable bows!

    Kristens last blog post..Black Friday *Cell Phone* Giveaway!

  • sarah November 27, 2008, 11:46 pm

    to save in the holidays, i like to bake homemade goods such a cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. i pack them up in reusable tupperware or cookie tins and then wrap them up in colorful pages pulled out from a magazine or even the sunday comic strips! it is so much fun to put it together, very frugal and the recipients love receiving something different, unique and made with love.

  • rebecca November 28, 2008, 12:51 am

    My first green tip/ things I am doing this holiday is buying a reusable tote (only a 99c one) and giving presents out in those instead of gift bags. 75% cheaper for me and ever lasting for them.

  • rebecca November 28, 2008, 12:53 am

    My second tip is to use and make do. We are loaded with decorations / holiday dishes/ fancies/ odds and bods and always find an excuse for more. Cap it off, refuse to spend and consume less at the Holidays and retailers will get our message.

  • rebecca November 28, 2008, 1:01 am

    Lastly, give green, give gifts made from organic/ easily sustainable eco sources, such as Bamoboo clothes and kitchen utensils, even furniture. Also look for products that are made using post consumer recycled wate – I recently got my son a book that was made from 100% recycled materials. – Have a look, Walmart sells great eco – friendly stuff, it’s not just the posh high end baby boutiques.

  • Rhonda Mason November 28, 2008, 8:07 am

    I have a huge family, which includes 5 daughter in laws. All year long I collect up free samples of everything from pot holders to shampoo, perfumes and books. There are freebies all over the web and Walmart has several all the time. Then I make up baskets for them for Christmas. The girls just love getting their baskets since they never know what I’ve found over the year! Plus lots of these samples are really nice fragrances or hair care products that they couldn’t normally buy. When they get into them there is always much swapping , trading and bartering going on! Plus- its always fun to throw them a curve—like the newly wed who will get Luv samples this year! LOL

    Rhonda Masons last blog post..Jenny-O Oven Ready Turkey

  • Karen M November 28, 2008, 2:05 pm

    Use brown paper bags and design with markers, etc. instead of wasting trees with wrapping paper.

  • Tom Showers November 28, 2008, 2:09 pm

    I collect samples like crazy!

  • Marilyn Wons November 28, 2008, 2:42 pm

    Well ever since I can remember my parents had us open our Christmas presents very neatly because they saved the Christmas paper from year to year. This not only taught me tolerence in life but it taught me at a early age about taking care of things. I do not save the christmas paper as an adult, but I save the tissue paper, bows, ribbons and boxes to be used from year to year. thank you

  • Karil Whetstone November 28, 2008, 2:45 pm

    I recycle my wrapping paper every year

  • Jennifer B. November 28, 2008, 2:49 pm

    I am making our entire lifestyle greener. For the holidays in particular, I’d plan to change our Christmas lights over to LED’s

  • ky2here November 28, 2008, 3:06 pm

    LED lights. I can’t get past the wrapping paper without looking cheap? I need help with that one.

  • Anne November 28, 2008, 3:12 pm

    1. Have a Living Christmas Tree in a pot that you can transfer back outside after the holidays. No need to cut down a tree and its very sturdy!

  • Anne November 28, 2008, 3:13 pm

    2. Make Christmas Dinner tres Elegant and eat while basking in candle light! (keep away from small kidlets) It makes Christmas Dinner so much more special and saves a bit of electricity!

  • Anne November 28, 2008, 3:15 pm

    Purchase LED Christmas lights for your tree and/or outside! They use just a fraction of the electricity and last so much longer! They also don’t get hot, so no little fingers will be burned on hot regular Christmas lights.

    We switched a couple of years ago!

  • Kimberly November 28, 2008, 3:29 pm

    Each year we keep the Christmas cards that we receive and recycle them to make Christmas postcards for the next year. We cut off the front of the card (where the picture/photo is) and use the back to write a Christmas message to a friend or family member. Add a return address and a postage stamp and you’ve got your postcard all ready to mail. It costs less (postcard rate) than sending a card in an envelope, it recycles our old cards, its more personal than an email greeting, and it helps teach the kids about recycling/repurposing.

  • Connie Coe November 28, 2008, 3:50 pm

    Stop at the Christmas trees stands and or Lowes and ask for the scraps to use as decorations instead of buying the more expensive greens.

  • Kimberly/Mom in the City November 28, 2008, 3:54 pm

    Skip the wrapping paper…it just ends up in a pile on the floor anyway.

    Kimberly/Mom in the Citys last blog post..Q&A About Boys (Part IV): Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.

  • Stacey Brown November 28, 2008, 4:03 pm

    We buy a try that we can plant after the holidays, we moved into our house 6 years ago and its been fun watching the trees grow!

  • Mamamy November 28, 2008, 4:14 pm

    Here are some great ideas for gift wrapping alternatives.

    * Scarves, handkerchiefs or bandannas.
    *Old posters and maps.
    * Pages from a child’s coloring book taped together
    * Old sheet music.
    * Newspapers .
    * Last year’s holiday paper.
    * Wallpaper scraps.
    * Home-sewn cloth bags.
    * Fabric scraps.
    * magazines and catalogs.
    * Sunday comic pages.
    * A present in a present (for example, a hat in a matching scarf, jewelry in a wooden box, cookies in a reusable tin or cookie jar, barbecue grill utensils or picnic supplies in a tablecloth, kitchen gifts in towels or all-purpose cloths).
    * A plain box decorated with leftover glitter, paint, markers, etc.
    * A cake pan, basket or a wooden box.
    * Reusable decorative bags. Hollywood box
    * Purchase wrapping paper made from recycled paper.

  • Mamamy November 28, 2008, 4:16 pm

    or …* A “Hollywood box:” individually wrap or decorate the top and bottom of a box with a “bling” lid & encourage the recipient to reuse the box.

  • Mamamy November 28, 2008, 4:18 pm

    Instead of buying foam peanuts use Dry, popped popcorn , then include a note explaining that birds can eat it, or the ducks…great for a family outing!!! how fun :)

  • Shannon Baas November 28, 2008, 4:35 pm

    reuse paper and ribbon if possible.

  • Janice Whitaker November 28, 2008, 5:07 pm

    dispose of your tree in a pond or lake. Makes great bedding for fish.

  • Peter November 28, 2008, 5:17 pm

    Wrap gifts in fabric, reusable cloth bags, pillow cases, or baskets.

  • addrienne mertens November 28, 2008, 5:26 pm

    cut the bottom branches off a real tree that you bring home and make your own wreaths out of them.

  • K.C. November 28, 2008, 5:35 pm

    I am buying an artificial Xmas tree this year from the thrift store. It is
    my way of staying green for years to come.

  • Beth G. November 28, 2008, 5:38 pm

    I hate to buy wrapping paper, bows, and tags. What a waste of money! I like to wrap gifts like small ones in like an awesome dish towl. It’s really getting two gifts. I choose towls in rich fabrics..and better yet I like to go to a fabric store in town and get some on sale and make my own towls. For the tags you can get scrapbooking circle tags(silver) and insert a picture of you or your children. That way they know who its from and it could double as a picture ornament for next years tree. For lil girls gifts I use hair things as bows. And for boys ….lets face it they don’t care about bows!

    Beth G.s last blog post..Day #4 of Mom Generations’ Gift Guide and Giveaway!

  • Beth G. November 28, 2008, 5:41 pm

    Designate a certain hour every night to turn the holiday lights on. That way you can gather and enjoy them together and not take advanage of them. You will surely see a diffence in your energy bill.

    Beth G.s last blog post..Day #4 of Mom Generations’ Gift Guide and Giveaway!

  • Carol November 28, 2008, 5:44 pm

    I now use newspaper to wrap gifts, and tie it with a festive ribbon. It saves SO much wrapping paper, and we reuse the ribbons every year!

  • Beth G. November 28, 2008, 5:46 pm

    Obviously recycle all those boxes and packaging from Christmas day presents. Probably more trash goes out the day after Christmas than any other day of the year…wouldn’t surprise me at all. Time to get organized and separate all the trash.

    Beth G.s last blog post..Day #4 of Mom Generations’ Gift Guide and Giveaway!

  • vicki andrew November 28, 2008, 6:02 pm

    I post items that I no longer want or use on freecycle and ask for thins that I want, recycling is the way to go instead of buying new

  • Rebecca Hackett November 28, 2008, 6:54 pm

    I save the Christmas cards that I receive each year. I cut off the front cover and use it as a Holiday postcard to send to a friend the following year. Write a short message on the back, address it, cut it to 4″ x 6″ so i only costs $.27 in postage.

  • Robin Stephens November 28, 2008, 6:59 pm

    I always try to recycle as much as possible, and the same goes for the holiday season. I use more reusable christmas bags than paper, but if I do use paper, try to save what I can. I use an artifical tree, so no real trees have to die (but I only started this as my kids got older).

  • jenni November 28, 2008, 6:59 pm

    We use LED Christmas lights which use only 1/6 the electricity of normal Christmas lights. It saves both electricity and a little of money!

  • Rebecca Hackett November 28, 2008, 7:08 pm

    Make your own doggie gifts. Download a dog biscuit recipe on the internet, get dog bone cookie cutter from Michael’s, and make homemade dog biscuits for your friends/relatives’ dogs.

  • Carol Harrity November 28, 2008, 7:19 pm

    I save the colored comic pages from the Sunday paper to use for wrapping paper. Everyone wants to see what fun I’ve wrapped up for them.
    We have two artifical trees=one small and regular size. The small tree is decorated with canday canes which get distributed after the holidays.

  • D. Martin November 28, 2008, 8:14 pm

    Buy gifts that provide an experience…such as tickets to a ball game, a ballet, the theatre, a movie, or a musical event. The only material portion is the ticket, which can probably be recycled!

  • connie s. November 28, 2008, 8:36 pm

    I make my own ornaments and It’s great to do with the kids!!

  • Syl November 28, 2008, 8:50 pm

    recyle everything possible, especially the wrapping paper.

  • Lindley November 28, 2008, 9:00 pm

    We re-use ribbons, wrapping paper, greeting cards, etc. for my scrapbooking- then they last forever and bring back special memories!

  • Lindley November 28, 2008, 9:02 pm

    Go holiday shopping with the re-usable cloth bags-not just for groceries, but for all your gifts as well.

  • Lindley November 28, 2008, 9:03 pm

    Use the special LED lights for your tree and outdoor decorating. They use much less energy and last longer (I think they also look brighter too!)

  • Margaret Smith November 28, 2008, 9:09 pm

    All our Christmas lights are led bulbs. We only put the Christmas lights on when we are home and shut them off before bed. The outside lights we put on in the evening, but they are on a timer and they shut off by 9:00.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful and generous giveaway.

  • Joe Troutt November 28, 2008, 9:16 pm

    Recycle all your paper and cardboard. Cut your holiday cards into gift tags for the next time!

  • Melissa November 28, 2008, 9:26 pm

    Save money by starting early and jumping on sales as soon as they arise throughout the year. By the time Christmas comes, you’ll already be set!

  • Stacie November 28, 2008, 9:31 pm

    Instead of always buying live wreaths and tablescapes I always go to walmart or home depot to get the leftovers from their christmas tree lot. They always cut the bottom limbs off each christmas tree and they will give them to you for free. I make my own wreaths as gifts and my whole house is decked out with boughs.

  • Melissa November 28, 2008, 9:35 pm

    LED christmas lights!!! And if you make them blink you will use even less energy!!

  • Melissa November 28, 2008, 9:41 pm

    GIVE GREEN GIFTS!!!
    Quite a few people in my family are getting programable thermostats for Christmas this year!! Its the gift that keeps on giving or SAVING!!!!

  • christopher h November 28, 2008, 10:13 pm

    buy energy saving LED holiday lights, you can decorate with lights that use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights

  • Lisa L. November 28, 2008, 10:31 pm

    I always like to get a living tree and replant it .

  • Heather Wigfield November 28, 2008, 10:34 pm

    I end up using newspaper to wrap gifts, always oncluding some funnies and recycled bows!

  • Hil'Lesha November 28, 2008, 10:44 pm

    I’ve been making my holidays greener by not using any Christmas lights this year. I figured it is a good idea to not use them since they’re not really necessary and it just uses up more electricity. :)

  • pamela November 28, 2008, 11:11 pm

    using a real christmas tree, no plastic. then taking it to be shredded for mulch. using recycled cards and recycles newspaper for wrapping gifts.
    putting all lights on timers.

  • Christina G. November 28, 2008, 11:26 pm

    My best green holiday tip…use a fake tree! Don’t buy a live (or dead) tree.

  • Sandy Tritt November 28, 2008, 11:48 pm

    I save and reuse all gift bags and boxes.

  • amber November 29, 2008, 12:06 am

    I make the holidays greener by making homemade holiday cards with recycled paper! It’s so much fun and kids love it. Making recycled paper is easy and you can get really creative with it. You can email me for directions or you can google directions how to make it. Make recycled paper with bits of glitter in it, and scented oil so your paper is lightly scented with a holiday scent such as “gingerbread”. Then use markers to draw pictures and holiday designs on the outside. Use buttons, glitter and otehr embellishments to decorate the outside of the cards, and write your message inside the card. Instead of using envelopes, tie a ribbon around the card to close it and hand the cards out by hand. They’re pretty and eco-friendly! The kis will love getting involved too.

    Thanks so much for this very helpful prize!!

  • David Bertolo November 29, 2008, 4:43 am

    Practice the 3 Rs — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

  • Lynn H November 29, 2008, 6:23 am

    SHOP SALES!!!!

  • Cynthia C November 29, 2008, 6:53 am

    I sew up simple gift bags from Christmas themed fabric. They can be sized to fit all gifts and reused year after year. They look pretty, too.

  • Cynthia C November 29, 2008, 6:56 am

    Decorate with greens from your yard. Pine boughs and holly can be used with a few fresh flowers from the grocery store to make a beautiful display that can be composted after the holidays.

  • Melanie Lee November 29, 2008, 7:14 am

    I stopped using traditional wrapping paper a couple years ago. Now I use things like the comics section for kids gifts or a dish towel for small gifts. I don’t use traditional bows either. I have used twine to tie the packages up. I will decorate with pieces of pine that I gather from the woods and pinecones from the forest floor.

  • ron November 29, 2008, 7:15 am

    use cartoons from paper as wrapping paper

  • Francine Tallent November 29, 2008, 7:43 am

    I RECYCLE EVERY XMAS CARD I RECIEVE. I CUT OUT ELEMENTS AND MAKE CARDS FOR THE TROOPS FOR THE NEXT SEASON.

  • Kimberly B November 29, 2008, 7:46 am

    I reuse my boxes and bows, and gift bags every year.
    Thanx for the contest.

  • Kelly Jones November 29, 2008, 7:57 am

    for decorations this year: use washed out mountain dew bottles to make yourself a tree and wreath. when wrapping gifts in boxes: instead of buying tissue paper, use shredded paper (confetti size) from your shredder. if you have a fake christmas tree: for garland use actual popped corn. for ornaments, use christmas cookies.

  • Heather S November 29, 2008, 8:06 am

    Use pincones and greener from your yard to make a holiday wreath and other decorations for your home. You can paint the pincones red and gold for more holiday cheer. Thanks for the contest!

  • nancy November 29, 2008, 8:42 am

    Making sure I recycle all my cans and bottles from holiday get-togethers

  • nancy November 29, 2008, 8:43 am

    and we reuse our bows/ribbons on our gifts

  • Jenn S. November 29, 2008, 8:49 am

    We decorate newspaper or use the holiday comics section to wrap gifts.

  • Candice Murray November 29, 2008, 8:49 am

    Recycling is the only way to go now- to save money and the earth!
    I use past Christmas cards as name tags on gifts. I also use “used” bows,
    Christmas ornaments and trimming from the tree to decorate and
    “customize” my gift packages to friends and family!

  • judy brittle November 29, 2008, 9:13 am

    All year long the kids come home from school with tons of their art work and work sheets that just get thrown away. I was thinking instead of buying Christmas cards to send out just turn the kids school work into Christmas cards. You would save on paper waste yet at the same time you could show off how well your kids are doing in school.

  • cheryl penner November 29, 2008, 9:35 am

    find pine cones in your neighborhood and us a paintbrush to put glue just on the tips. Roll in glitter and tie bright ribbons on the end (or glue). Place in a bowl in the center of the table.

  • Denyse November 29, 2008, 9:35 am

    Recycle gift bags, wrapping paper, tags…anything that can be kept another year!

  • Tanya Wilson November 29, 2008, 9:36 am

    We have a shredder that I use very regularly. I shred old school papers,flyers,mail,etc. & use for packing instead of tissue paper. Its also reusuable, and often enough comes out to be pretty colorful, LOL!

  • Tanya Wilson November 29, 2008, 9:41 am

    We’ve had to replace alot of our broken Christmas string lights, so I’ve slowly been adding LED lights. They are safer and much cheaper to use overall, they don’t get very hot and they use alot less electricity. (perfect for REAL tree afficianados like my family) They also last alot longer than traditional lighting. I was able to buy quite a few sets after Christmas last year at Walmart, which is perfect because this year money is very tight!

  • Cheryl W November 29, 2008, 10:02 am

    Instead of stringing up lights outside and making the electricity bill go up, plus wasting our country’s electricity resources, we string popcorn and peanuts in the shell on yarn and wrap that around the evergreen tree outside. The birds and squirrels love it and we get free entertainment!

  • Ronda Garnett November 29, 2008, 10:16 am

    LED lights are on my list to buy this year too. Be green by saving your hard earned green (dollars)

  • Mari November 29, 2008, 10:29 am

    I would suggest re-using wrapping paper, or just tying the gift up with a bow from holiday baskets from past years. I usually save the baskets from past gifts and I can these re-use them later.
    Also, rather than buy a gift, making cookies or some edible goodie makes a great gift also, and is often appeciated even more so because of the time and effort that you make.

  • Robin ~ PENSIEVE November 29, 2008, 10:33 am

    For $1.00, buy a green recyclable shopping bag to use as gift wrapping this year; tie the handles together with red ribbon to complete traditional Christmas colors :).

  • Kimberly November 29, 2008, 10:50 am

    My Tip #2: We have completely stopped buying new Christmas decor. For the past 5 years we have set aside a day in November when our extended family gets together with all of our boxes and boxes (and boxes and boxes!) of Christmas decorations. Then we mix and match and swap and trade. Its a lot of fun, a great family bonding time and we get “new to us” holiday decor each year without spending anything. Several of our friends have started this with their families and everyone has a great time.

  • Deborah R November 29, 2008, 10:52 am

    We’re buying a small living tree to decorate indoors – and after the holidays, it can be planted outdoors.

  • Brian November 29, 2008, 10:55 am

    LED lights are brilliant. They use little electricity and last nearly forever.

  • Brian November 29, 2008, 10:55 am

    We try to cut down on wrapping by using gift bags with tissue that can be reused.

  • Brian November 29, 2008, 10:56 am

    We love using natural decorative elements – pine roping, pine cones and real holly lend a traditional atmosphere and make the house smell great, too!

  • Katherine November 29, 2008, 11:16 am

    I like to use “at hand” items for decorations. I have a couple of evergreen trees in my backyard and I’ll use pinecones that have fallen and trimmings to make wreaths and decorations. I have a small pine in my front yard that we decorate instead of cutting a tree to put in the house.

  • Chris November 29, 2008, 11:39 am

    My tip is to turn the heat off overnight, and turn off the christmas lights overnight.

  • Michele G November 29, 2008, 12:27 pm

    November 29th, 2008 at 1:01 pm
    I have always saved ornaments from years gone by and take them out and paint the ones that are plain or change the pictures on the already painted ones. I also use my pinecones from my tree and make beautiful wreaths by spray painting them. They have lasted for over 10 years. I just repaint, and they look like brand new. Also, I design my own Christmas cards with recycled paper photo copy them for 5 cents.

    As far as lights, I still use the ones from 2000. I make sure to pack them carefully and they still work. To save money on electricity I only put them on for 2 hours a night, from 8-10 when people are driving around to see all the beautiful displays. Christmas items made from the heart go a long way and have so much meaning.

  • Kristy V. November 29, 2008, 12:37 pm

    Save money and trees when sending holiday cards. At most photo card websites you can also get photo card postcards. They are cheaper to order and will cost less in postage since you will only need a postcard stamp. They will also save paper by eliminating the need for an envelope!

  • Amanda B November 29, 2008, 12:38 pm

    just like we switch lightbulbs, switch your xmas lights to energy saving LED lights…or even solar powered outdoor lights.

  • Kristy V. November 29, 2008, 12:38 pm

    Save money and paper when wrapping gifts. Instead of buying gift boxes recylce the boxes you receive samples in (WalMart sample boxes are great for this) or boxes that products you buy come in. To save money and paper on wrapping paper use paper grocery bags and wrap the gift in it, print side in, then use stamps or stickers to decorate the paper.

  • Holly B November 29, 2008, 12:40 pm

    I skipped out on the xmas lights this year, to save some electricity! Instead I’m decorating with figurines and tinsel

  • Kristy V. November 29, 2008, 12:40 pm

    Instead of buying gifts that cost the environment a lot to make and package, give homemage gifts. It will save you a lot of money, it will use less packaging, and they usually mean more to the person who receives them. Get your kids involved in making them.

  • amy November 29, 2008, 12:45 pm

    Rather than rip into gifts we carefully unwrap them and reuse the paper for years to come.

  • jane jakins November 29, 2008, 1:14 pm

    recycle bins

  • Patti November 29, 2008, 1:24 pm

    LED lights, reusable wrapping paper, do your baking in “off-peak” electrical hours!

    Pattis last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Linda Lansford November 29, 2008, 1:41 pm

    I recycle my wrapping paper , bags and boxes

  • sharon c November 29, 2008, 2:18 pm

    I plan to put my gifts in reusable “green” bags so all my gift recipients can go green when they shop after the holidays!

  • Patti Sherman November 29, 2008, 2:55 pm

    I recycle all of my Christmas cards and make postcards out of many as possibe. I have replaced my lights with energy savers and us lots of real greenery for the smell and decorative effect. I can compost it later.

  • Trish November 29, 2008, 3:10 pm

    I use pine cones that I found at a local cemetery wired up in sets of three with some dollar store ribbons (usually a Plaid or check). I hang them down my staircase, on my mantle, from my over the table chandeleir and around the french doors. Festive yet frugal.

  • Trish November 29, 2008, 3:12 pm

    I go out in my yard and snip evergreen boughs and bittersweet from the bushes. I stuff these in old urns I have outside.

  • Trish November 29, 2008, 3:16 pm

    I recycle old christmas cards by making gift tags out of them. Cutting out either a circle, square or rectangle prettiest piece of the card, I use a hole punch and string a thin ribbon or rafia through. Wala a tag!

  • Lorie Pattison November 29, 2008, 3:50 pm

    O SOO many things, use decor from the woods with some old ribbons and homemade paints, use ur trims from the tree ,which should be a plantable one, to make ur garlands and wreaths, then turn to mulch…when we are conscious of not being wasteful, we become very innovative! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kelly Rae November 29, 2008, 3:57 pm

    My favorite way to make the holidays greener is to “wrap” gifts in a cute, reusable tote. I’ve accumulated many over the year and now I can use any extras for this purpose! It saves wrapping paper, gift bags and tissue paper from being thrown away. Also, it is something I know they can use month after month instead of just being forgotten about after Christmas day.

  • Kelly Rae November 29, 2008, 4:03 pm

    To make the holidays greener, this year I’ve encouraged everyone who is giving a gift to me to shop at indie and local stores, and with businesses that have sustainable practices. This way, not only do I feel better about using/wearing gifts that I receive, but it is a fun way to get friends and family aware of the great green products that can be found.

  • Christine November 29, 2008, 4:14 pm

    We put our Christmas trees out at the back of our property after Christmas and it gives the birds some shelter through the winter, then it adds to our compost pile and helps our gardens. Thank you!

  • Casey H November 29, 2008, 4:56 pm

    I’m getting bigger and bigger on reusing anything that I can, specifically this year its gift bags and tissue paper. I received a bunch of plain white gift bags not too long ago and now those are our go-to gift bags. My daughter decorates them for whatever occaision and they are more personal, and I’m not going out and buying gift wrap!

    Casey Hs last blog post..Thankie Thankie!

  • danielle November 29, 2008, 5:09 pm

    To make the holidays and every day year round greener I use canvas shopping bags to wrap gifts I give. It saves me from using paper, and I figure that if every person I give one to uses it to shop year round, it can save hundreds ofplastic bags from being used.

  • Jessica Gugel November 29, 2008, 5:20 pm

    Make your own holiday decorations using things you already have and by utilizing things found in nature, like pinecones.
    Thanks for this awesome contest. Happy Holidays.
    gugel98atgmaildotcom

  • Brandy November 29, 2008, 5:25 pm

    I upcycle glass jars. I make wonderful smelling (lots of oils!) candles to give away as gifts. They are colorful and burn for a very long time.
    I decorate the jars with that bakeable paint that makes it look like stained glass (before I put the wax in). Sometimes I personalize them, especially for family.

    Everyone loves a boutique candle but not everyone loves the cost. So this is my green tip.

  • Kate November 29, 2008, 5:47 pm

    I decorate a live tree which can then be planted in the spring. We have a whole row of Christmas trees growing along the side of our property. Save a tree, choose a live one.

  • Donna R. November 29, 2008, 6:04 pm

    Re-use whatever you can. Recycle what you can’t re-use. Reduce wrapping etc, by using colored comics, etc. for wrapping paper for kids and those young-at-heart adults who will appreciate it.

  • Frank Winter November 29, 2008, 6:05 pm

    After the holidays are over have your Christmas tree put in a lake for fish hiding places but don’t forget to remove the decorations.

  • Glenna November 29, 2008, 6:44 pm

    I use food for decorations. String popcorn and cranberries into garlands. Use clove studded oranges as decorative and aromatic centerpieces.

  • Don Amos November 29, 2008, 6:48 pm

    We try to save money by giving folks gifts that they actually need so they can save money in their day to day routine, and we spend a lot of time playing board games over the holiday and enjoying each other rather than enjoying stuff we don’t need. We are much more about the memories than the merchandise!

  • Jody November 29, 2008, 6:50 pm

    We use LED lights and have them on timers. They are only on from dark until our daughters go to bed, so only for about 3 hours. Noone else appreciates them as much as the little ones!

    JLHalsted(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Jodys last blog post..Whirlwind

  • Jody November 29, 2008, 6:52 pm

    My daughters have an easel and when they have used both sides of a paper roll we re-use it as wrapping paper. The grandparents love it because they have original artwork and it saves me from buying wrapping paper!

    JLHalsted(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Jodys last blog post..Whirlwind

  • Tamara B. November 29, 2008, 7:29 pm

    They best tip for making the holidays greener I can think of is we will be buying a living tree from Home Depot this year that is ready to plant. When we are done with the holidays we will plant it in our back yard. They are really not that much more expensive and you are giving back to the enviroment by planting a tree. Plus we can decorate the tree outside too next year to add to the outside decorations.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  • Barbara Baker November 29, 2008, 7:48 pm

    This year, we are using an old hand me down tree (don’t have it yet which puts a damper on the holiday tradition of putting it up the day after Thanksgiving), but, anyways…we will be using a tree with light already on them and instead of going out and buying ornaments; last night my daughters and I made handmade ornaments out of flour, salt, cinnamon, water and vegtable oil: I’ll include the recipe just because they come out so great and make your house smell awesome for days after…we will be using old brown bags as wrapping paper with glue instead of tape to seal the paper.

    I think this will be a much greener Christmas than we have ever had!!!!

    Okay, here’s the quick and easy recipe:
    2 cups flour
    1 cup salt
    2 TBSP vegtable oil
    3/4 to 1 cup water
    2 TBSP Cinnamon

    add all ingredients together (adding the water slowly)
    roll out dough and cut out with your favorite cookie cutters. Place in oven at 250 for 1 hour…should make a few dozen at least.
    Enjoy!!!!
    Merry Christmas to all!!!!
    -barbarabaker
    barb at stx dot rr dot com

    Barbara Bakers last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving

  • Pat November 29, 2008, 8:21 pm

    Just keep doing all the worthy green things you’ve been doing all year. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without. Holiday season is special because of people and how we care about one another. Bake a cake. Set one candle carefully in the window.

    Thanks for the contest. Best wishes for happy holidays!

  • Soha Molina November 29, 2008, 9:10 pm

    Reuse all the boxes and gift bags from last year. We all have them in our houses.
    eddiem1.1@dslextreme.com

  • Holly November 29, 2008, 9:24 pm

    We have our lights on timers. We reuse our boxes to wrap stuff in year after year. We give homemade gifts to our neighbors.

  • Colleen S. November 29, 2008, 10:49 pm

    We are recycling all of our wrapping paper and reusing boxes from other things. We also try to purchase gifts with limited packaging materials as well. It is how much paper products are thown away during the holidays.

  • MaryBeth I November 30, 2008, 12:13 am

    recycle and reuse! I will be using recycled materials to wrap gifts this year and decorating with the kids – fun wrapping materials are newspaper, brown paperbags, old juice pouches, etc. The kids can help decorate the packages with stamps or drawings. It always distresses me to see all the paper being thrown out. – I end up “collecting” discarded bags, bows, boxes, tissue paper and reuse year after year. whatever is not re-useable is set aside from trash and taken to our recycling center.

    MaryBeth Is last blog post..Vaseline Clinical Therapy

  • tracy davis November 30, 2008, 12:13 am

    I save my gift boxes each year and reuse them.

  • Jamaise November 30, 2008, 12:34 am

    Besides the usual recycling, reusing, buying organic or local, hand making, composting ( ~ our compost was beautiful after Thanksgiving – cranberries & pomegranate, yams & squash, broccoli & brussels – Mother Earth had a feast too ~) cleaning with vinegar & baking soda, we have learned more and added to our efforts for this year.
    *We tossed out our old lights & replaced them with LED.
    *No lights outside – making cute ornaments that double as bird feeders
    *Totally digital – no more cd’s – itunes & mp3
    *Gift cards to movies,shopping, dining when possible
    *Buying real,sturdy,well made,no batteries toys that will last and have a purpose – wood when possible
    That’s all I can think of. Oh no wait the tree. We tried a live tree last year and it was so small – it just didn’t feel like a Christmas tree to me. The tree is doing well and has doubled in size on my Mom’s property. We are going to do a cut tree this year – which I know is eco-ify. But we will use not tinsel and drop it in the lake for a fish habitat. I won’t tell the fishermen.
    That is all my brain is giving me. Good luck & Merry Christmas to everyone!

  • Pat Connors November 30, 2008, 7:06 am

    We have converted to the LED lights. They may cost more at first, but they are more economical and energy preserving in the long run for the many Christmases to come.

  • Vickie Couturier November 30, 2008, 7:52 am

    This year,my grandsons are making their moms gift,I got stuff at the dollar tree,so for 3 bucks we made 2,presents,they each put their hands in paint an we put it on a small canvas an framed it,she will love it an it will be a favorite for years,an it cost pennies,an the boys had a ball doing it,the are so proud of the fact they made their moms gift,an took pride in doing it,so it doesnt cost much to make a nice gift

  • Jessica Gugel November 30, 2008, 9:41 am

    Have your kids make home made Christmas cards. They’ll enjoy getting involved and displaying their artistic abilities, you’ll save lots of money since you’re not buying those expensive cards, people appreciate the time and effort put into a homemade card.
    gugel98atgmaildotcom

  • Kimberly November 30, 2008, 10:36 am

    My Tip #3: While everyone else is in the midst of Black Friday chaos, we head to our favorite tree farm to choose the perfect Christmas tree. We have been loyal customers for 10+years now and the owner shows his appreciation by giving us little perks. He saves branches he has cut from other trees because knows that we will take them to create other decor for our home like wreaths, centerpieces, etc. And for every tree that is cut down, he plants 2 – 3 seedlings in its place. So we get a great tree + beautiful fresh decorations for our home + a nice peaceful day in the country. Then when the holiday season is over, we use the needles from the tree in potpourri mixes and the wood in the fireplace to help save on the electric bill.

  • heidi November 30, 2008, 12:34 pm

    purchase a tree that can be replanted into the ground use ornaments that are handmade or hand cooked, dried fruits, popcorn and cranberries, then they can be used again or placed in the compost pile

  • kris hickey November 30, 2008, 12:47 pm

    If you’re luckey enough to have evergreen trees and/or holly bushes at home make your own decorations that smell fabulous.

  • sheila k. November 30, 2008, 2:24 pm

    Buy a live, potted Christmas tree and decorate it with recycled ornaments purchased at Thrift stores. Once Christmas is over, plant the tree in the yard or donate it to a community project.

  • MaryBeth I November 30, 2008, 3:50 pm

    Avoid plastic decorations – use natural and renewable materials. For ornaments, use recyclable materials such as glass. For home decor gather natural materials for holiday decorating. Depending on your region, these can be plentiful. Today I made a spray of Holly into a garden that we cut off the tree yesterday at a friend’s farm. You can also use Pine or Fir sprigs, pine cones, mistletoe, poinsettias, etc. These can be planted and/or composted when the season is finished.

    MaryBeth Is last blog post..Vaseline Clinical Therapy

  • Breanna November 30, 2008, 3:59 pm

    We are not giving many gifts to our children this year. They have plenty of toys so we are planning on contributing to a charity and have our children involved. They can pick an animal etc. to give to a family overseas. This is both green and charity which we want to teach our children.

  • Patricia Treskovich November 30, 2008, 4:09 pm

    recycle christmas cards into gift tags for your packages, make the scenic ones into postcards at least 4 in. by 6 in., and even make small boxes like jewelry boxes from the larger cards following the design from a larger gift box

  • Jacob November 30, 2008, 4:27 pm

    Use gift bags for all your presents. I have some bags that have been recycled for several years now and this saves on wasting paper. Wrapping paper is very hard to reuse.

  • Jacob November 30, 2008, 4:29 pm

    Try to purchase gifts made in the United States. The United States has stricter rules about material. Even though items made in China and elsewhere may be cheaper, you are supporting manufacturing techniques that are bad for the environment. On a more direct level, you risk lead contamination from paint.

  • Jacob November 30, 2008, 4:30 pm

    Reloadable gift cards are great gifts. They take minimal material to wrap (just a card) and have almost no waste. Plus you know the person will get the gift they want instead an unwanted gift getting put in the trash and going to a landfill.

  • David Gresh November 30, 2008, 4:45 pm

    I buy a potted Christmas tree and plant it outside, the lot is getting full.

  • Tari Lawson November 30, 2008, 5:30 pm

    I reuse gift bags that were given to me each year. Not only is this economical, but it is also very ecofriendly.

  • Carrie November 30, 2008, 6:20 pm

    For Christmas, I always reuse the gift bags and tissue paper from the year before. I have some from a few years ago. Also any left over bread from the meal gets thrown to the birds. The tree we leave outside after Christmas for a habitat. We use cloth napkins and no paper plates.

  • Cindy November 30, 2008, 6:48 pm

    I like to bake homemade things for my good friends.

  • Beverley Justice November 30, 2008, 6:49 pm

    I saved my Christmas cards from previous years to glue together for place mats this year.

  • Erica C. November 30, 2008, 7:46 pm

    the best thing I’ve noticed to do is stop eating out so often…it saves so much money!

  • Jessie W November 30, 2008, 8:09 pm

    One of the best ways to green up the holidays is to cut down the outside light displays. If you must have outdoor lights look for something that might be solar powered or to limit the time you have the lights on.

  • Beverly November 30, 2008, 9:51 pm

    I reuse wrapping paper and gift bags. This saves using more paper and gift bags. I reuse Christmas cards by cutting them out and using them for gift tags. They make beautiful gift tags. I’m not cheap, just doing my part for a “greener” Christmas. This saves money too!

    Thanks to you, Nickelodeon, and Walmart for offering this great giveaway.

  • KG November 30, 2008, 10:42 pm

    This year my boyfriend and I wanted to do something different. We have all the things we need, and a lot of stuff we “want.” so we asked for green gifts. I asked my parents to buy us a tree for our new house. We live in a relatively new neighborhood and it needs TREES! so i hope they are getting us a gift card to the local nursery.

  • KG November 30, 2008, 10:44 pm

    I love to garden! so i have ton of fresh herbs all year round, thanks to the mister giving up half our top counter space so my plants can get sun! (they are so pretty though!)
    i have some batches started but I am drying out herbs so the loved ones in my family that like to cook as much as we do can have fresh herbs and know they were grown local (haha!) and organic!

  • Jennifer Short November 30, 2008, 11:04 pm

    I have some pretty holiday fabric to tie gifts into — some of it is just shiny reds and greens. It’s reusable, and some of it makes the gifts look like a million bucks! Most of this has come from old shirts, or fabric I picked up at garage sales and thrift stores — I didn’t buy it new, but no one would ever know. Using discarded fabric for green gift wrapping!

  • Lisa November 30, 2008, 11:04 pm

    Instead of giving “stuff” we give “things to do”. Like a pass to the zoo, or a membership to the local science center, or movie tickets.

  • Connie Keys December 1, 2008, 12:03 am

    We have been using an artificial tree since 1990. It still looks great. It has saved us lots of money and has saved lots of beautiful green trees. We also make lots of ornmanents and decorations from used Christmas cards. They make great gift cards as well. We have been reusing paper for many years. I am 57 and we still use some boxes that were given to me when I was a child. They are treasured objects here!!!!

  • Rhonda December 1, 2008, 12:41 am

    When I get tired of my Christmas decorations, rather than throw them away, I take them to my local consignment shop mid November so someone else can enjoy them at a bargain price and I can make a little money to offset the cost of new decorations.

  • Kim H. December 1, 2008, 8:41 am

    One lady in my office is decorating a rosemary tree instead of cutting a Christmas Tree for her living room. This way – after the holiday she’s got a live plant that will make all sorts of yummy goodies during the next year.

    Kim H.s last blog post..$500 Giveaway

  • Kim H. December 1, 2008, 9:04 am

    Give gifts via Seeds of Change because they sell organic plants and work hard at preserving biodiversity.

    Kim H.s last blog post..$500 Giveaway

  • Kim H. December 1, 2008, 9:07 am

    Give a gift from Heifer International – you can donate money and buy animals for people in other countries… buy someone a flock of chickens so that they’ll have eggs to eat… buy someone a cow so that they’ll have milk. You get the idea.

    Kim H.s last blog post..$500 Giveaway

  • Lmay December 1, 2008, 9:34 am

    Keep plugged in decorations in mind when contemplating your electric bill. Unplug Christmas lights and decorations (and for that matter, other applicances, etc.) when not in use. So much unused and wasted energy continues to go through those plugs, even when they are in the ‘off’ position, which is a drain on the environment AND on your electricity bill. The US Dept of Energy says that not only do appliances continue to draw electricity while the products are turned off, but in the average home nearly 75% of all electricty used to power electronics is consumed by products that are switched off. It will become a good and easy habit once you do it enough!

  • Ann December 1, 2008, 9:36 am

    My green tip is…buy less! There is so much push to consume, esp during the holiday season, but a lot of them are unnecessary. For eg, I do not think matching napkins with plates, table runner/cloth etc are absolutely necessary for a good meal and company.

  • Ann December 1, 2008, 9:38 am

    Another green tip. Present presents simpler. In USA we would wrap, put in bags and add tissue. Is that necessary? I would cut out the paper if there is a bag or cut out tissue altogether.

  • Ann December 1, 2008, 9:39 am

    Lastly, cut down decorations. There is no need for all those lights in the lawn and big fancy decorations. Simple ones mean less cleaning too.

  • Rebecca December 1, 2008, 10:14 am

    I use cereal boxes for gift boxes. Easy, handy and its not gonna have the corner’s collapse.

    Rebeccas last blog post..Porn for New Moms?

  • Rebecca December 1, 2008, 10:16 am

    When shipping gifts, I always use the old palstic bags that I have 5 million of as packing material. I also Wrap one bag all the way around the inner box for waterproofing. Even if you aren’t in a snowy area water damage from rain etc might hurt your present. Its always a good idea to waterproof packages.

    Rebeccas last blog post..Porn for New Moms?

  • Rebecca December 1, 2008, 10:18 am

    As I was unpacking the Christmas tree I realized I had no tree skirt. No problem, I used a few cloth napkins that are a somewhat festive red and gold. These were in good shape, but if they had been stained, etc I could have made sure to overlap the damaged parts so no one would see.

    Rebeccas last blog post..Porn for New Moms?

  • Mary Marlatt December 1, 2008, 10:53 am

    LED lights use much less electricity, and are safer, too! I reuse bags, boxes and sometimes paper. I try to buy presents with less packaging (or none!) and make a lot of my gifts. Do not use paper and plastic for holiday meals — real dishes and silverware are so much more festive, and don’t go to the landfill!

  • Sonja December 1, 2008, 2:45 pm

    We recycle all that we can- resuing decorations, cards, gift bags, and when Christmas is at our house, the goal is to fill the recycling container befoe the garbage bag with the packaging from toys/gifts/etc.

  • Gena December 1, 2008, 2:57 pm

    Instead of a material object which requires materials to make and wrap you should give people services for their present. For example, if somebody has children give them a night of babysitting. Give somebody a certificate to clean their home. Any of these would be appreciated and would not waste valuable materials or create waste.

  • Gena December 1, 2008, 2:57 pm

    You can save a great deal of electricity by using candles instead of electricity (as long as they don’t contain lead). They are pretty and set a festive atmosphere for the home.

  • Gena December 1, 2008, 2:57 pm

    Don’t buy wrapping paper. Instead use materials you already have. Use comics from the newspaper, paper bags and you can even use fabric materials from around the home to make ribbon. Old VHS tapes make great ribbon and bow material.

  • Tracy Iglesias December 1, 2008, 4:39 pm

    I use a few green holiday tips, I switched to LED’s when I heard about them last year (got them at Walmart last year on sale after Xmas and will do the same this year, I think I need one set to replace an old incandescent that blew out when we tried to put it up yesterday!), I also don’t leave my tree on when I am not in the room and I don’t leave it on all night. We recycle Xmas cards fronts and use the design part if there is no writing on the back of course for postcards, and if there is some writing cover it with scrap white paper to use as gift tags. and I have a cross cut shredder also and use the shredded paper to cushion packages I’m sending out. Some friends are more traditional, but many of my friends and I only send e-cards which is one of my favorite holiday green ideas!

  • Pam December 1, 2008, 6:34 pm

    I reuse gift bags, we recycle any wrapping paper we get in our recycle bin. We have a party, christmas eve, each person brings a good gift and a gag gift. The gag gift can be anything that you dont want…. we roll the dice and steal gifts from each other and usually the gag gift becomes a recycled gift and the good gifts fall into the hands of someone that really wants it. So it doesnt end up in the trash.

  • Wanda December 1, 2008, 6:34 pm

    I love making my own wrapping paper. I use plain paper and stamp it or decorate it with paint/markers. I also save all gift bags and bows.
    We use an artificial tree and turn it off when no one is around.

    Great prize! I would love to win.

    Wandas last blog post..Hospitality Room

  • Sara Rose December 1, 2008, 7:30 pm

    What an amazing opportunity! Thank you so much for the chance to make someones Christmas very blessed!
    I buy in bulk at Costco. They have a great buy on Starbucks gift cards – 5 $20 cards for $80! iTunes gift cards, I think it’s like the same kind of deal, basically one free. Movie tickets are really cheap – 2 tix for $14 a great gift for anyone. This week they have coupons at the door for those family members who are wine lovers, plus a bottle of wine is always a good hostess gift. The money saving possibilities are endless at those club stores.
    Thank you, Sara

    Sara Roses last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Sara Rose December 1, 2008, 7:34 pm

    Another money saving tip is a if you have young kids grandparents love pictures of them. I will have a friend take some pictures then go get a nice frame and there I have it, a beautiful gift for the cost of a frame which I’ll get at Walmart for under $10 and then a few pennies for developing. My mom and husbands mom have been begging me for pix of my boys so I am going to print out a bunch of wallet size snap shots of all the grandkids in the family and put them in a nice wallet size photo album (I bought those at Michaels in the $1 bin) and then they can show off the kids to all their friends. Even if you don’t have kids, take a picture of yourself, mom would love to have an updated picture of you on her mantel. :)
    Sara

    Sara Roses last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Nicole December 1, 2008, 7:50 pm

    What I do to be green is get a bunch of my friends together for a wrapping party. Usually done in the evening after the kids are in bed (or quarantined with Dad) we all bring our gifts that need wrapping along with all of our bags, bows, tags, and tissue paper that we’ve saved up throughout the year then we exchange or use up what we have, it makes for a fun night and a great way to reuse paper etc. Its also great for those who have tons of wrapping supplies to share with those who don’t so we don’t have to go out and buy paper unnecessarily.

    Nicoles last blog post..Teacher’s Lecture Makes My Blood Boil

  • Wanda December 1, 2008, 8:16 pm

    I think recycling gifts instead of buying new is good.
    So often my kids have gotten great presents that they only played with a few times. Why not share them with the next mom….make a deal or trade and both families benefit!
    I’m just sayin!

    Oh and I blogged about your giveaway.

    http://queenieslittlekingdom.com/?p=902

    Wandas last blog post..Random acts of kindness, ya’ll!

  • Sammie December 1, 2008, 8:18 pm

    The best and easiest green holiday tip: recycle! We recycle just about everything we buy & use. And don’t throw away something someone else may use-donate/recycle. Happy Holidays!

  • Robin December 1, 2008, 10:06 pm

    I reuse gift bags, and some of them aren’t really “gift’ bags – they’re shopping bags. I use the front of an old Christmas card (from a previous year) to cover the store name, and it looks festive! I also use this trick if a gift bag is in pretty good shape but has a scruff or tear – a well-placed decorate touch can mask the problem.

    Robins last blog post..Holiday Giveaways – $500 Walmart Gift Card edition

  • Robin December 1, 2008, 10:10 pm

    I was surprised one year when a friend mentioned this to me, but I think it’s so smart, so I’ve adopted it: Santa doesn’t wrap his gifts. Things placed in a stocking don’t need to be wrapped. Even gifts that don’t go in the stocking don’t need to be wrapped, just set out and appropriately identified with the recipient’s name. This could be a name tag, but even better – just make separate piles with the appropriate stocking on top! If the stocking is personalized or otherwise unique, then everyone knows which pile belongs to each person!

    Robins last blog post..Holiday gift idea – frugal, personal, and crafty trifecta!

  • Christian December 1, 2008, 10:11 pm

    Don’t use tinsel! I don’t know for sure but I am guessing that stuff stays in our landfills for a very long time. Plus animals can ingest it and choke on it.

    Christians last blog post..So much to be thankful for.

  • Christian December 1, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Keep your Christmas lights on a timer so that they go on only a few times a night for a short amount of time. No need to waste electricity.

    Christians last blog post..So much to be thankful for.

  • jessica reid December 1, 2008, 10:20 pm

    holiday swap. Get your friends, neighborhood, or town together for a holiday swap. Bring toys, decorations, food, anything to do with the holidays that you would like to trade. I have little kids and they could care less what toys they get. I love trading toys they have outgrown for new ones they are fascinated with. I also like changing my decorations without buying all new (and throwing away perfectly good décor). And food, well lets just say I like to clean out the pantry too. We all buy things to try but never end up using them, so let someone else have it!

  • jessica reid December 1, 2008, 10:21 pm

    Wrapping paper (even though it is so pretty) is just plain wasteful. While in college I decided to save newspaper and school papers to use to wrap my gifts. I would have recycled them, but this way they get more use, then go to the recycling plant. I love that my wrapping stood out, and now my family gets creative with saving packaging during the year. You would be surprised how many things can be used to package presents, like food containers (baby formula and hot cocoa cans work well), mailing boxes/tubes, and even diaper packaging. So get creative!

  • jessica reid December 1, 2008, 10:21 pm

    We use an artificial tree every year. Instead of buying a real tree we plant one. It is fun picking out a new tree every year, and enjoying all the beauty as they grow!

  • Latisha DePoortere December 1, 2008, 10:37 pm

    we reuse gift bags and boxes and keep them in a big tot to keep them looking like new!

  • Latisha DePoortere December 1, 2008, 10:42 pm

    we have always recycled christmas paper and boxes that we could not use again . it adds up to be more then you think!

  • Latisha DePoortere December 1, 2008, 11:01 pm

    we use lights that save use on power more then we did before and we turn our lights out the same time everynight. we unplug alot more things we don’t use all the time to save on power and just plug in we you need too.

  • Marilyn December 2, 2008, 12:08 am

    One thing I like to do is try to make as many gifts as possible it is more sentimental and it saves on the pocket book. I also save shirt boxes, bows, wrapping paper, cards etc. to reuse for the next year.

  • Marilyn December 2, 2008, 12:11 am

    A great idea would be to give IOU coupons this way you are doing Random Acts of Kindness for the ones you love and be careful to make each coupon personal to the individual. Try to get in touch with their love language. It don’t cost anything and you can have some special memories to share.

  • Paige December 2, 2008, 4:20 am

    We don’t use a real Christmas tree anymore. Even though we like the smell, it’s much cheaper to just use a fake one, and then that’s one less tree that’s dieing in the living room.

    I also use freecycle, to give new life to things we don’t use anymore. That way we can help others to get things for their families, and keep used items out of the landfills.

    This is a fabulous prize, thank you!

    Paiges last blog post..Today’s the day

  • jennifer o December 2, 2008, 6:41 am

    i try to find nice boxes to use for wrapping gifts. that way, they still look really nice and can be reused for several years and i don’t have to worry about wrapping paper.

  • Chrissy December 2, 2008, 8:58 am

    I always reuse gift bags and I tape the top shut instead of using tissue paper. I saves money and paper.

    Chrissys last blog post..Thanksgiving Vacation

  • Laura December 2, 2008, 9:04 am

    I try to make my Christmas gifts using objects around my house and re-invent them into Christmas gifts. I made my grandmother these cute framed art objects with beach glass from Lake Erie we collected on a summer trip and drift wood washed up on shore, along with some old picture frames I’d found in the garage. The amazing thing about beach glass is that it’s basically trash–but it’s beautiful. And when we collect it during the summer, we’re cleaning up the beach. A great green gift at Christmas reusing objects we already have. And since the adults in the family all know that there’s really nothing we *need*, personalized gifts mean more to us.

  • lifeasamama December 2, 2008, 9:36 am

    We are wrapping our presents from Santa in comics that we’ve saved from our newspapers over the last few months! This serves to make those presents different, and the wrapping paper is reused!

    lifeasamamas last blog post..Pictures of the bag…

  • Laura December 2, 2008, 9:37 am

    So it’s not always possible to get kids on board with the green lifestyle when it comes to their gifts. Especially if they’re not your kids. I try to find fair trade gifts made of green materials from online stores. Just google search fair trade gifts for a list of sites and pick out something in the kids’ section–there are wooden blocks, cute stuffed elephants, puzzles. You might not be getting the latest trend toy, but if the kids are your nephews or the boy down the street, it’s not that big a deal. Plus you’ve crossed them off your list and helped out a family or small business owner from a struggling country.

  • lifeasamama December 2, 2008, 9:38 am

    We’re combining all of our holiday traveling into one long trip – this way we’re saving a lot of gas!

    lifeasamamas last blog post..Pictures of the bag…

  • lifeasamama December 2, 2008, 9:39 am

    I’m sewing a number of our gifts this year – fleece pants from a blanket that developed a hole, etc…

  • Laura December 2, 2008, 9:51 am

    I hate to admit it, but I love Christmas cards–sending and receiving. Even the lame ones from my insurance company or dentist. But I’d like to be greener about it. So I’ve begun collecting all the Christmas cards I’ve gotten over the years and I’m going to recycle them back to my friends and family. It might even be funny to send them the same card they sent me, but with my own message pasted over it. I’ll use old wrapping paper or construction paper to erase their message and write my own, then use recycled envelopes or some I’ve got in my craft drawer to send them back. After a few years of this, I might run out of cards ; ) from family, but I know the local real estate agent or the quick oil change place will keeping sending me those red cardinals in the snow. . .

  • Christi Bovee December 2, 2008, 10:24 am

    Our family does not give gifts simply because it gets too expensive and we find that it is more memorable to create a memory. This saves on all that paper that is being used, unwanted gifts, and money that could be used elsewhere. Some ideas we have done in the past are: Go ice skating as a family, Reenact the nativity scene by dressing up and even borrowing animals and a barn, Go to the local homeless shelter and serve food, Go to a nursing home taking cards that you have made and sing for the residence there, Go letterboxing (www.letterboxing.org), Have a camp out in the living room, Have a game night, or any other idea that would create great memories that would last a life time.

    Christi Bovees last blog post..A Little Wild Life

  • Sarah December 2, 2008, 11:59 am

    The way we are making our holidays greener this year is by having a second hand Christmas with my extended family. All the gifts must be purchased at a garage sale, consignment store or be a hand me down of your own. This way we are consuming less and reusing things that might end up in the trash. It will be so much fun to see everyones finds on Christmas morning!

  • Cheryl in AL December 2, 2008, 12:20 pm

    We reuse any gift bags we are given each year. (Sometimes more than one year). I also make sure that the gift I am giving is something that the person actually needs. How many perfume sets have you gotten that you never used?

  • LeeAnn December 2, 2008, 12:44 pm

    If you already have stocked up on snacks for the holidays, reuse your chip bags! Cut them open, wash them with soap and water, and use the shiny side as wrapping paper.

  • LeeAnn December 2, 2008, 12:49 pm

    I also use restaurant.com for gift certificates to new restaurants. My mom’s favorite new restaurant was listed this year, so I stocked up when it was $2 for a $25 gift certificate!

  • LeeAnn December 2, 2008, 12:50 pm

    I am making recipe books for my family this year. Doesn’t cost much (paper, binder, time), but they will be thrilled to have all our family recipes in one place!

  • Tammy W December 2, 2008, 12:50 pm

    We save all the gift bags and boxes throughout the year and always if we need to buy anything buy neutral colors that can be used for both Bdays and Christmas (Royal blue, gold, silver, etc)

    Tammy Ws last blog post..Giggles

  • Tammy W December 2, 2008, 12:52 pm

    We decorate the dorways of the iside of our house with Christmas lights then don’t use the lamps, it’s a little dark, but festive!!

    Tammy Ws last blog post..Giggles

  • Tammy W December 2, 2008, 12:54 pm

    We have been using Freecycle throughout the year to accumulate the gift for our kids. We even got a terrific mountain bike for one of the six!!

    Tammy Ws last blog post..Giggles

  • Stacey Brill December 2, 2008, 1:03 pm

    I wrap presents in fabric and ribbons and reuse them year after year.

    Stacey Brills last blog post..Christmas/Wish Lists

  • Stacey Brill December 2, 2008, 1:04 pm

    I send out christmas cards and letters by email. If people wish to print out a picture they can, but there is no paper waste from the card and letter and anyone who doesn’t want to keep a picture.

    Stacey Brills last blog post..Christmas/Wish Lists

  • Stacey Brill December 2, 2008, 1:04 pm

    All of the food gifts I give are in reusable tins purchased at the dollar store, rather than ziploc bags, paper plates, foil, etc.

    Stacey Brills last blog post..Christmas/Wish Lists

  • Karo December 2, 2008, 2:37 pm

    Trying to be greener and more frugal, I made post card Christmas Cards. I included a small photo of each of our family members (3 generations and 4 households) I printed them on recycled paper.
    I also saved the entire thing as a jpg. I plan to email the card to online friends and mail the postcard to snailmail friends.
    I then purchased small plain frames (on sale at WalMart) and decorated them with glass and beads and clay… My family members will then be able to frame this year’s card. I plan to make this a yearly tradition…
    I save money, use recycled items, use less “New” stuff and share memories/ family- which is what is important.

  • Karo December 2, 2008, 2:45 pm

    The second green thing we do is print gift certificates (on recycled paper) for folks. The kids love the “I will play a game online with you for 1 hour-” certificate and Nickelodeon is one of their favorites. ( they do not have their own computer and are only allowed on their dad’s w/ an adult)
    We give the parents babysitting certificates and the grandparents time helping around the house certificates…. (They already have almost every “THING” they want)
    this way- wrapping is an envelope of recycled paper, the environmental impact is small- time- no plastics or trash to dispose of, and it recycles LOVE- which is the most important gift of all….
    It also allows the family to see we are serious about trying to live green and frugal.

  • Beverly December 2, 2008, 2:46 pm

    Buy LED Christmas lights. Sometimes they’re harder to find, but they are out there. They cost a bit more than traditional Christmas lights, but they last much longer and use a fraction of the energy which leads to savings for years.
    The US Department of Energy reports that if all conventional incandescent Christmas lights in the country were replaced with LED lights this season, annual energy savings would total two billion kilowatt-hours—enough energy to power nearly 200,000 homes for an entire year.
    I found this amazing and got the LED lights.
    Thank you, Nickelodeon, and Walmart for this “green” giveaway.

  • Karo December 2, 2008, 2:49 pm

    We give the kids items we get from Freecycle or barter trade groups- and these are under the tree- no wrapping…they no longer have the packaging, but Santa doesn’t need packaging….
    We collect them all year, clean them and store till Christmas and Birthdays….
    It cuts down on the environmental impact, it allows us to give better and more items than we could afford and the kids are happy…. So is our pocketbook and our green conscience.

  • Jamie December 2, 2008, 3:13 pm

    We LOVE to make recycled bows. We use old magazines, cut strips, and use a paper brad to keep the strips together when looping the bows. They make beautiful bows and are great for recycling – and saving money!

  • Jamie December 2, 2008, 3:17 pm

    We clean out – and I mean CLEAN OUT my son’s playroom before Christmas. It’s a great lesson in giving AND recycling. We have “family time” and clean out together…picking things to keep and things to donate. Then we take our bags and bags of toy to local shelters, clinics, and thrift stores. This way the toys can be loved and we’re free of clutter…for a few days until Christmas!

  • Jamie December 2, 2008, 3:19 pm

    We like to recycle books as gifts. We find free/inexpensive books from thrift stores and library book sales that need a little TLC. We try to find classics or books that have sentimental value to us. Then, we tear the already worn covers off and make a new cover. We use crafting supplies around the house, magazine clippings, etc. Then, we laminate the new cover and reattach it with the date and a personalized message to the recipient. Everyone loves receiving these. We give them as gifts and we also make some to donate to area shelters and hospitals. Fun to make, fun to give, inexpensive, and a great way to recycle books that would otherwise be thrown away.

  • rachel December 2, 2008, 3:29 pm

    Of course, we’re using reusable totes while food shopping. But this year, we’re making “gift-totes” instead of baskets to encourage others to use totes as well-just a small thing, but helps us all in the end. In addition, the tote bags are much cheaper than buying a basket to fill!

  • rachel December 2, 2008, 3:31 pm

    We’re making more of our gifts, like cookies, brownies, etc., than spending all the extra $$ on items we hope someone will like! We stock up on cooking supplies on sale and have a baking “week”!!

  • Lyndsi December 2, 2008, 3:47 pm

    Look around your house for gifts (we’re giving my sister a video game that we no longer use but would be too expensive to buy new)

  • syeda December 2, 2008, 4:22 pm

    Thank you for the generous giveaway! My best green tip is make handmade gifts and reuse gift wraps, gift bags. This is one of the tips that I do all year round for all special ocassions like birthdays, showers etc. and not just the holidays.

  • Denise Montgomery December 2, 2008, 4:26 pm

    We decorate the trees that are outdoors with birdseed ornaments and animal friendly foods. It’s so cute seeing the birds and squirrels having a Christmas dinner!

  • KellyH December 2, 2008, 4:27 pm

    I don’t know if this is green or not, but this year I asked my folks, sister and aunt to chip in to get our family a membership to the local Y for Christmas this year. We don’t need anymore toys, etc. What we do need is to exercise, be healthy and able to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. By having the family chip in, it makes it affordable for us. It will also give our family a place to go for free for the whole year. I consider this green, but understand if others do not.

    thanks!
    KellyH
    skyviewksh@yahoo.com

  • KellyH December 2, 2008, 4:29 pm

    We went back to gardening this year, after several years of not doing it. I have made several things for family and friends to give for Christmas gifts. I made pickled beets, that my dad and my aunt love. I also made pear honey, something my mom had as a child. If one was flower inclined, there are lots of things that could be given as gifts. I am not a craft person, not creative enough.

    KellyH
    skyviewksh@yahoo.com

  • KellyH December 2, 2008, 4:35 pm

    Instead of the endless requests for toys, videos, etc. have the family (or you for your kids) get the family a membership at a local museum, ymca, botanical center, etc. They are resonable in price, usually have LOTS of great family and children’s events, and give you a place to go for a whole year for free. Many of these places (for us locally, our local botanical center and children’s museum) have reciprocal privileges to other bot centers, museums, for free. So if you were travelling, you could visit other places for free also. Green in many ways for me, reduces the clutter around the house, less batteries, etc. and gets us out to places to expand our minds a little bit, gives the kids a place to look forward to going, but doesn’t take up family financial resources.

    KellyH
    skyviewksh@yahoo.com

  • Jennifer December 2, 2008, 5:14 pm

    A good way that we can limit our funds on gifts for family and friends is we get out the calendar and we jot down a night that’s good for both of us.

    I invite them over for a yummy dinner and dessert.

    There are 5 in my house here so cooking for a couple extra mouths really isn’t much considering we usually have leftovers that I freeze for quick lunches or dinners.

    We not only get to save some money on gifts, but in the end it’s priceless because we get to spend some quality time with them.

    To us, that’s the gift that keeps on giving.

    Jennifers last blog post..Tummy Time

  • Michelle December 2, 2008, 5:55 pm

    One way we make our Christmas greener is by sending emails to almost everyone instead of Christmas cards (this is also a great way to cut down on postage costs!).

    Michelles last blog post..Baking time!

  • Michelle December 2, 2008, 5:57 pm

    Don’t buy new decorations each year– use what you have! Use a fake tree and don’t cut down a real one. Eliminate the lights on the house– sure they’re pretty but they use electricity.

    Michelles last blog post..Baking time!

  • Michelle December 2, 2008, 5:58 pm

    Instead of buying more stuff for gifts, give a gift from the heart, such as baked items. This cuts down on waste.

    Michelles last blog post..Baking time!

  • Sandra Monical December 2, 2008, 6:09 pm

    To avoid driving which has the added benefit of safety enhancement: Plan.
    Use your computer to research potential gifts, then get the map and plot your shopping tour.

  • Sandra Monical December 2, 2008, 6:10 pm

    For those who hate to shop in the first place, email gift certificates.

  • Mary December 2, 2008, 6:17 pm

    GREEN Holiday decorating=)
    I like to use things from the yard –
    like holly branches with berries
    nandina with berries
    I put magnolia leaves as a base under fruit , bowls of whole nuts or wreaths – and bowls of pinecones are always nice -
    And best of all after the season just compost or put out for the birds to enjoy

  • Holly December 2, 2008, 6:19 pm

    Use a timer on all of your lights.

  • Susan Smith December 2, 2008, 6:25 pm

    I reuse wrapping paper, gift bags, bow and boxes. I also use natural products for decorations like pine cones, popcorn, cranberries and nuts.

  • Sharon December 2, 2008, 6:57 pm

    Tip for saving $ a day: instead of buying Christmas Greens and Berries, we have been going to the backyard and local parks and collecting greens there. With a little ingenuity and willingness to try something new we have made our own wreaths and door swags. What would have cost over $50 only costs pennies for the floral wire and ribbon. Plus, I think they look just as good!

  • Cheryl December 2, 2008, 7:47 pm

    Instead of buying wrapping paper, I use the comics section out of the newspaper. It looks cute and it reuses something that I have already. I also save bows and gift bags that I receive and reuse those. I not only save money but I reduce & reuse at the same time!

  • jessica December 2, 2008, 8:21 pm

    For the christmas season we like to save on the wrapping things. We save and shred junk mail, newpaper ads, newspaper, old wrapping paper, brown grocery bags, they make great filler for the reused gift bags we have, or the ones we buy from the dollar store.
    For anything we want to wrap, we use brown paper bags, which we get free from our grocery. Or I use a coupon to a craft store and buy a large roll of brown craft paper. You can personalize it by stamping it or letting the kids go crazy with coloring supplies.
    It’s so easy to save money on these things and people love the creative wrapping jobs.
    mom2maria at hotmail

  • jessica December 2, 2008, 8:23 pm

    If you like a real tree, try to find a potted variety that you can plant once the season is over. you won’t want to have it in the house as long, but try decorating with some bird-friendly items, berries, popcorn, seedballs, and place it outside a large window so you can still enjoy and not hurt the tree with the warmth of the house.

  • jessica December 2, 2008, 8:26 pm

    instead of all new/fancy toys, try finding gently used, in good condition toys, so you can save them from the possible trashing they may receive eventually. Most kids don’t realize if things are brand new. I am giving my daughter dolls I saved from when I was a kid, she will love them.

  • Justin December 2, 2008, 8:34 pm

    I’m probably a nerd, and it’s true. But every year I get my mom a evergreen to plant in the backyard. We’ve got about 12 of them now back there. They hold the honor of filtering the air 365 days a year, instead of like most trees going dormant

  • Denise S December 2, 2008, 8:54 pm

    Several years ago I took all my saved Christmas cards,something round like a cup or glass,cut out the really good parts of the cards. I then arranged the circles into placemats and laminated them with clear contact paper. We use them usually just for Christmas and they still look brand new.

  • Michelle December 2, 2008, 10:49 pm

    What I am doing this year to make my holidays greener is recycling everything possible. This will include the Christmas tree, packaging, paper, boxes, and bags that can’t be reused, and all the waste from preparing the meals. This won’t be easy, but it will be well worth it. This will hopefully inspire me to limit wasteful materials and jump start a New Year’s recycling resolution. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Michelle December 2, 2008, 10:52 pm

    Also, our family is going paperless for adults this year and using the wrapping paper for the kid’s Christmas gifts. The adults will be saving time and money while the kids get to have fun opening gifts. Of course, we will save the paper for next year as well!

  • Michelle December 2, 2008, 10:57 pm

    The very best way I have found to keep from creating waste during the holidays is to give gift certificates. These require no packaging or wrapping and you can buy them all during one trip to the store. To ensure that minimal waste will be created using the gift certificates you can get cards for the movie theater or a free spa certificate.

  • A Casson December 3, 2008, 2:22 am

    Instead of sending Christmas cards, use e-cards for your Christmas Greetings. Saves postage and hopefully some trees if many would do this. Going green for Christmas & The Holidays couldn’t be easier. rangrace[at]hotmail.com

  • A Casson December 3, 2008, 2:28 am

    ‘Buying local’ can save food Miles and be fresher than produce, vegetables, meats, etc coming from across the country or internationally. rangrace[at]hotmail.com

  • A Casson December 3, 2008, 2:32 am

    Festive Lighting by candle light(indoors) is easier on the eyes then harsh ‘current’ electric lighting and prettier and might save you on your Electric bill, just be careful to keep a good eye on it.You’llget more compliments this way? rangrace[at]hotmail.com

  • kelly jamison December 3, 2008, 2:58 am

    We use energy-efficient LED lights. Also, not only at Christmas, I found out that we should be recycling our used paper towel in with our paper recycles. Who doesn’t use a lot of that!

  • Lessa December 3, 2008, 6:57 am

    You always have the best giveaways!

    I have a few green tips for the holidays:

    Recycle wrapping items and gift bags. If you store them nicely, they can easily be reused with no one the wiser.

    Buy gift cards, which cuts down on wrapping paper, bags, and trips to return items. Either buy those with no fees or no-fee specials (AmEx’s gift card fees are pretty steep so I usually won’t buy them, but right now they have a special with no fees)!

    Or buy all your gift cards at one store (such as WalMart, which has a variety of cards to select from), and save a lot of time and gas!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway, and Happy Holidays to all!

    cherise420[at]yahoo[dot]com

  • Cecile December 3, 2008, 8:31 am

    We always seem to get tons of gift bags each year. I always carefully fold them and put them away. The next year we use them for our gift giving. Just make sure that any previous tag is removed!!

    Ceciles last blog post..Raising Independent Children – Nine and Ten Year Olds

  • Katherine Frazier December 3, 2008, 8:40 am

    We are wrapping our gifts in newspaper and making many of them at home.

  • rachael December 3, 2008, 8:47 am

    skip the tree, instead plant one!

    rachaels last blog post..wordful wednesday

  • Sarah Jefferson December 3, 2008, 9:45 am

    I keep all of the appliances unplugged unless I am using them, except for the items that need to be plugged in at all times in order to operate properly. It all adds up while saving energy also.

  • CeeCee December 3, 2008, 10:01 am

    You can take your brown paper bags from the supermarket, have the children paint/color them and use them for wrapping paper.

  • RFarmer December 3, 2008, 10:40 am

    I never really realized it but we do “green” things everyday!! My husband has just ordered some Apple, Pear, Peach and Walnut trees for us to plant!!! We will grow our own fruit in a couple of years and won’t have to pay such a high price at the market!!!
    Did you know that there is also such a thing as a “Fruit Cocktail Tree”??? There is, the 3 or 4 seperate trees are grafted together and planted to produce 3 to 4 fruits on one tree!!!
    Rhonda

  • kelly December 3, 2008, 12:02 pm

    We only use wrapping paper that the kids make, no store bought wrapping paper. Or we use gift bags. I have even gotten plain gift bags and the kids have decorated them also. They love doing it and I love seeing all of their beautiful creations. We only use an artifitial Christmas tree, it is better for the environment and our allergies! It is also a very good idea to make your own gifts. Sometimes this means turning something old you have into something beautiful for someone else, or it could be turning that old pair of faded jeans into a cool pillow or purse. Anything you make yourself usually means more than something you got from a store.

  • Eva December 3, 2008, 12:41 pm

    I always save gift bags, boxes, or wrapping paper. You can make bows from the old wrapping paper as well.

  • Eva December 3, 2008, 12:43 pm

    This year we will decorate our house but not put the lights up it only wastes electricity.

  • Eva December 3, 2008, 12:45 pm

    I have small children and they really like to see the tree lit up so I light it for only half an hour every night then I unplug it. We use LED lights on the tree as well.

  • Veronica L. December 3, 2008, 3:02 pm

    Definitely would have to be composting your tree after the holidays. Every little bit helps!
    Thank you for a great giveaway :)

  • Britt December 3, 2008, 4:41 pm

    I used to love making holiday decorations…my favorite being pine cones with glitter…a little messy, but quite affordable!

    Britts last blog post..The Point of Christmas

  • Britt December 3, 2008, 4:42 pm

    Handmade gifts are so thoughtful. I’m a knitter so it’s easy for me to think of things. But there are a ton of sites with great ideas!

  • Britt December 3, 2008, 4:42 pm

    I also like saving jelly jars, filling with cookie mix, decorating with a bow and friendly card, and giving to a friend :)

  • Jenni December 3, 2008, 4:58 pm

    We are only decorating at my MIL’s house. Why get a tree and all those things for both places when we spend our holidays over there?

  • Jenni December 3, 2008, 4:59 pm

    We save wrapping paper from EVERYTHING. I just can’t bear to toss it. Then I ruse it to wrap presents. It helps that we are all “neat” unwrappers and so it gets folded neatly until we can use it again. Sure, the paper isn’t necessarily “christmasy” but it’s what’s inside that counts, right?

  • Jenni December 3, 2008, 5:02 pm

    We have done away with Christmas Cards. Everyone we would send a holiday cheer to is on our email list, so we send e-cards and messages. We don’t give each other cards either, it’s just a waste anyway. When we get cards in the mail from others, we enjoy them while they are up, but then we turn them in to postcards when we’re done, cutting off the back page and using the picture in the mail!

  • Lindsey Langhans December 3, 2008, 5:10 pm

    I am giving green this year! I am giving all of my family members energy saving light bulbs for Christmas. This not only conserves their energy intake, but it is also a gift that keeps on giving! They will be able to save on the electric bill all year long!

    Lindsey Langhanss last blog post..Before and After

  • Lindsey Langhans December 3, 2008, 5:14 pm

    I will not be hanging outdoor lights in my yard this year! Instead of wasting so much energy with hanging lights, I will be making tea light candle holders out of recycled milk jugs. I cut the top off of them and tied a ribbon around them. I will line our porch and drive way with these candles. Just as pretty, but non energy consuming!

    Lindsey Langhanss last blog post..Before and After

  • Lindsey Langhans December 3, 2008, 5:19 pm

    I will be giving my family members a set of reusable bags for Christmas. This way they can start bringing their own bags to the grocery store instead of using the plastic or paper bags provided. Many of my family members said that they would like to do this but didnt have the money to purchase the bags. Now they will have no excuse :)

    Lindsey Langhanss last blog post..Before and After

  • Torrie G December 3, 2008, 5:42 pm

    keep an eye out for sales and ads and shop at that time. go to places like: walmart, target, and big lots. you can really save alot and who knows, you might end up getting the majority of your list done. also use the green bags

  • Sheena @ Mommy Daddy Blog December 3, 2008, 5:50 pm

    I don’t have any ideas to wow you buuut…

    We use LED lights. You don’t have to turn them on every day, maybe every other day. Turn them on at nightfall and off at bedtime. We save gift wrap, bags, and boxes and reuse as many times as possible!

    Sheena @ Mommy Daddy Blogs last blog post..Win A Tabletop Games Package: Clue, Operation, and KenKen!

  • Lynde F December 3, 2008, 8:29 pm

    We buy a live tree every year & we make sure to recycle it.
    But on New Years Day every year we plant a tree we buy at the same nursery we get our Christmas tree at.
    We have had this tradition every since my Husband & I had our first Christmas 10 years ago.
    We have planted a paperbark maple, a gorgeous fringetree, a ginkgo, & many others.
    We have ordered & are planting a Persian parrotia this year.
    We have many acres thank goodness & in 20 years we will have an amazing tree “garden” that makes me feel a bit less guilty about our yearly Christmas tree.

  • Shelley December 3, 2008, 8:47 pm

    We have handmade Christmas…not only money saving, but saves all the gas normally used driving around shopping. Also a great way to look at things in a new light and recycle them into a fabulous gift. There are zillions of ideas on the internet for every type and level of crafter/artist. Merry Christmas!

  • Sharla December 3, 2008, 10:46 pm

    I want this Christmas to be green
    and I think you know just what I mean.
    But it takes some creativity
    for what I put under my tree.
    I save all paper, bows and such
    to use during my Christmas rush.
    We recycle everything we can
    and walk instead of drive the van.
    We use fluorescent lights to see
    and make homemade ornaments for our tree.
    This Christmas one important thing
    is for my children to learn what it means to be green.

    Sharlas last blog post..

  • Sharla December 3, 2008, 10:48 pm

    One of my green goals this year is to decorate my house and tree with things we already have. I also love the way dried fruit and homemade garland looks. It’s actually fun to be frugal!

    Sharlas last blog post..

  • Sharla December 3, 2008, 10:50 pm

    I can’t even tell you the last time I bought wrapping paper and bows. I reuse everything I get and I even discovered a way to get the wrinkles out of used wrapping paper. Too bad I usually don’t take the time…the kids don’t care if their paper is a little wrinkly. I also learned how to make my own bows. It’s more fun than buying them anyway!

    Sharlas last blog post..

  • Susan Park December 3, 2008, 10:57 pm

    My suggestion is to forgo giving gifts at all, at least to those people in your family that you know don’t really want anything more to clutter up there lives anyway. Instead, go to World Vision’s website and donate a goat or chicken to a 3rd world family in poverty. Now THATs a gift that keeps on giving!

  • HotMommy December 4, 2008, 12:29 am

    Instead of buying new toys with all the packaging that just ends up in landfills, I shop fall/winter kids consignment sales for lots of popular toys. My daughter doesn’t mind that “Santa” toys are out of the box, so I get to reduce our trash, save money, and give great toys!

    HotMommys last blog post..Admission

  • kelly jamison December 4, 2008, 3:51 am

    We use an artificial tree — I can’t stand the thought of killing a beautiful tree year after year. We also use LED lights which save an awesome amount of energy.

  • Lori Walker December 4, 2008, 8:57 am

    I like to reuse lawn trimmings to create our own special wreaths

  • Erin December 4, 2008, 10:00 am

    Reduce your carbon impact at Christmas. Buy local to save on added energy and fuel used to transport products from e-commerce sites. For those friends and relatives that don’t live near you send gift cards, which weight less and use less energy for transport.

  • Erin December 4, 2008, 10:02 am

    Be conscious. If you’re going to shop, buy only green products that have minimal impact on the environment.

  • Erin December 4, 2008, 10:03 am

    Cut down on waste. If you get tons of catalogs and junk mail during the holidays, or anytime for that matter, call the 800 # on the back and cancel. You can also call 1-888-5-OPTOUT to reduce pre-approved credit card offers.

  • Gloria Brown December 4, 2008, 10:31 am

    I just found these cool directions for making your own bows. A friend and I sat down and made several in just an hour. It took us a while to make these first few because we didn’t have the brads and had to find a work around. We used leftover scrapbook paper, but the directions just used magazine pages.

  • Gloria Brown December 4, 2008, 10:33 am

    My mom gave our girls a package of paper strips for paper chains. We are going to use these and the leftover strips from the bow making to make several for our tree and banister garlands.
    Gloria
    gjbrown@mdhenryco.com

  • Theresa December 4, 2008, 10:34 am

    Every year I gather up all the “throw away” tissue paper, gift bags, and boxes. Everyone things I’m crazy but i reuse them the next year. I don’t see any point in filling up the landfills with things that can be resued!

    Theresas last blog post..$15.00 giftcard to Subway Giveaway

  • Theresa December 4, 2008, 10:35 am

    Instead of purchasing new books as gifts I pick up used books from half.com or half price books, garage sales anywhere really and I give a used book rather than a new book. Just another way to recycle or reuse!

    Theresas last blog post..$15.00 giftcard to Subway Giveaway

  • Theresa December 4, 2008, 10:37 am

    This year in addition to the gift bags I’ve gathered up from years past, I bought canvas bags from different stores and I’m going to give them out with gifts in them… I’m kind of pushing my green agenda this way since as part of the gift they will receive a nice bag they can use at the grocery store!

  • Lori December 4, 2008, 10:48 am

    Plan a green Christmas for the wildlife in your yard. You can string popped corn to add to garlands or place on your Christmas tree. Then when the holiday season is over, you can hang them outside for the birds to eat.

  • Carol Drury December 4, 2008, 11:59 am

    I know it is common sense but just use less!!!!! use brown bags the kids decorate for paper – use natural greens – recycle ribbon all year long – or use raffia to tie packages -a boid plastic items for decorations – look for acorns and pinecones to decorate oh did I say – use less – remember what christmas is about – the joy of being with family and friends and not the commercialism that has become consumerism and there is so much waste – recyle toys – have children go through their toys before christmas to make room for new ones and limit the new ones – donate used ones that are in good condition. Did I say – use less – recycle – avoid plastic – make it yourself – remeber what christmas is really about!!!

  • Ivy December 4, 2008, 1:17 pm

    I have a ton of magazines, so I decided to use the colorful pages to wrap gifts y theme , i.e. a pretty picture of a livingroom would be used to wrap a glassed candle. I’ll use my ribbon from last year to add bows.

  • Beckie December 4, 2008, 2:15 pm

    Recyle or re-gift. Or many gifts can be bought used. That doesn’t mean they don’t still have value. Remember the eye is always in the beholder.

  • Beckie December 4, 2008, 2:18 pm

    We reuse wrapping paper options, as well as using a brown paper bag from the grocery store as gift wrap or the newspaper or colorful Sunday comics. Fabrics and linens also make lovely wrapping paper.

    Happy Green Holiday.

    Beckies last blog post..Beauty Product Review: Anastasia Essential Brow Tools

  • Beckie December 4, 2008, 2:22 pm

    Since I’m on the computer more than I should be, I am sending e-cards instead of paper cards this holiday to my computer-savvy friends.

    Beckies last blog post..Beauty Product Review: Anastasia Essential Brow Tools

  • Grace December 4, 2008, 2:33 pm

    Why does christmas crafting have to stop when the kids get older? This christmas, use the things around your house to create gifts, that not only re-use the items around but also are sentimental as well. One of my ideas has been to use old scrap fabric, and vintage photo albums from the thrift store, to create a new, more modern photo album by using fusable web to iron the scrap fabric onto the cover of the old album!

    Graces last blog post..Guest Post!

  • Grace December 4, 2008, 2:36 pm

    to keep christmas a little greener, and reduce waste, use the comic section or pages from a magazine for wrapping presents. Tie it all together with a solid ribbon, for an inovative, and original wrapping!

    Graces last blog post..Guest Post!

  • Grace December 4, 2008, 2:40 pm

    one more green tip for the holidays? Decorate your outdoors with things the animals around your neighborhood can eat! Make peanutbutter and bird seed ornaments to hang from your trees. Add a popcorn chain. With your green incandecent lights, this decor is both green, and gives your neighboring woodland creatures a little gift as well!

    Graces last blog post..Guest Post!

  • Becky December 4, 2008, 4:49 pm

    ok I’ll admit it here..to keep my holiday greener..I am a re-bagger and re-gifter..If I recieve a gift I just cannot use..I re-gift…

    Beckys last blog post..Steven

  • CPA Mom December 4, 2008, 8:23 pm

    for wrapping paper – turn paper grocery bags inside out and let your kids go crazy with homemade stamps (stamps made out of potatoes)! Very cute and very “green!”

    CPA Moms last blog post..Flirting With Forty

  • CPA Mom December 4, 2008, 8:24 pm

    or use the comics section from the sunday paper to wrap. recycle!

    CPA Moms last blog post..Flirting With Forty

  • Julie Neff December 4, 2008, 8:42 pm

    To save some money this Christmas, swap your decorations with a friend! That way you both get some “new” stuff and save some green too!!

  • Julie Neff December 4, 2008, 8:43 pm

    Instead of buying premade cookie dough for last minute cookies, make your own and freeze it. There are great tutorials online these days they recommend which kinds work the best. That can save you a bunch!

  • Julie Neff December 4, 2008, 8:44 pm

    For giving gifts to our extended family this year, we decided to do handmade. And also just one per family. I know this will save us some money since some have 5 kids!! Plus everyone really likes the personal nature of the gifts.

  • Sierra martin December 4, 2008, 8:51 pm

    Use LED lights instead of conventional bulbs. Save the bows from year to year.. use cloth bags to wrap gifts in (reuseable.) When I was younger we’d buy a live tree and plant it afterwards, but now that I live in an apartment we have a small rosemary bush that we use for cooking afterwards.

  • Thomas Semesky December 4, 2008, 9:43 pm

    Speeding less on the holidays. Not only do I travel less (cutting down on car emissions), it also puts more green in my wallet!

  • Sierra December 4, 2008, 11:17 pm

    I used to work at a daily newspaper, where I learned this info: If you go into your local newspaper office and request the “end roll” of newsprint, they will give you a small roll of newsprint that is too small for them to use on the presses. It’s like being given free wrapping paper! I used to bring mine home and have my kids color it. It made for great wrapping paper! The good news is that most newsprint is at least 50-75 percent recycled paper already. (Call your newspaper to double-check that they do this before making the drive!)

  • Rosanne Morrison December 4, 2008, 11:28 pm

    When entertaining light your house with candles rather than Christmas lights

  • Rosanne Morrison December 4, 2008, 11:29 pm

    Give small trees as gifts that can be inthe house until the warm weather when they can be planted

  • Rosanne Morrison December 4, 2008, 11:30 pm

    Serve all meals on plates and skip the paper plates and napkins. Use cloth

  • Brooke Allen December 5, 2008, 1:35 am

    Reuse all your decorations from year to year. At the end of the Christmas season, make sure that you wrap everything up well so that the items will not break throughout the rest of the year.

    Brooke Allens last blog post..Rampant Immorality… Christian Punishment?

  • lynn brannen December 5, 2008, 2:58 am

    We always save the boxes and bows also the xmas bags if they are still in good shape. We use the xmas tree,after it had been grounded up of course, to put around the plants.

  • kelly jamison December 5, 2008, 5:02 am

    Buy an artificial tree–save a tree’s life–and use LED lights for highest energy efficiency.

  • Ami December 5, 2008, 8:24 am

    To have a greener holiday, I try to reuse as much as possible. Paper (wrapping paper as well as paper grocery bags, newspaper or magazine pages, etc.), gift bags and ribbon from previous years make great wrapping items this year. I also avoid going overboard with the holiday lights and electricity powered decorations that my neighbors seem to be so fond of. :)

    Amis last blog post..Question Me Good – Pt. 15

  • Frances December 5, 2008, 11:41 am

    Don’t throw away all the Christmas cards you get. Save them for the next year to use in Christmas crafts or scrapbooking! If you do have to throw them away–Recycle them!

  • dnA December 5, 2008, 12:19 pm

    Decorate with water ! I love making ice hurricane lanterns for lining the pathway or lighting your porch.
    To make them, choose two containers to make a mold from. Place the smaller inside the larger, and tape them to keep them steady while the ice freezes. Before filling with water, stuff in some pineneedles, holly berries, twigs, or other greenery from your yard. Freeze for 12 hours or so before placing outside; set an LED tealight inside for magical curb appeal.

  • Alba Guevara December 5, 2008, 12:59 pm

    Reduce, reuse, n recycle. Many people get bored of the items they have after a couple of years. Or the ornaments fade, or get broken. Instead paint them with cheap paint. You can use any color you like. They will look brand new to you and to others.

    Alba Guevaras last blog post..@jessicaknows contest

  • Alba Guevara December 5, 2008, 1:00 pm

    On your Christmas tree…I only use one string of lights. My tree is always put in a corner, so no-one sees the back. I only put lights on the front and decorate that front side.

    Alba Guevaras last blog post..@jessicaknows contest

  • Alba Guevara December 5, 2008, 1:04 pm

    Stockings…We have made our own stockings. We asked everyone from our family to bring a sock they really loved or that would be to their personality. I have an old Taz sock with the plastic bottom. I had some of my sons socks that had no pair and I connected them together to him a stocking. Everyones sock was different. We decorated them with glitter and holiday ribbons.

    Alba Guevaras last blog post..@jessicaknows contest

  • Merrilee December 5, 2008, 1:26 pm

    Recycle by turning old happy meal toys, especially figurines, into ornaments by screwing a tiny eye hook to the top & tying some ribbon through the eye to let it hang. We did this when we had a bunch of Disney characters from old happy meals. The kids still love them, years later!

  • Merrilee December 5, 2008, 1:27 pm

    Save on paper! Email the family newsletter or Christmas card-save on stamps & cost of printing/making the cards.

  • Merrilee December 5, 2008, 1:28 pm

    Save electricity by putting your Christmas lights on a timer.

  • dnA December 5, 2008, 1:44 pm

    Give memberships as gifts: join the Arbor Day Foundation, your native plant society, your local museum or botanic garden, or other non-profit or association that meshes with your loved one’s interests.

  • dnA December 5, 2008, 1:47 pm

    Give the microeconomy a boost by giving to a charity in the name of your loved one. I love heifer.org, for example, where you can buy some chicks for a family to raise (and take to market), a goat, and other means for the less fortunate to make their living. No wrapping now, no wasted gift later!

    dnAs last blog post..Kmart, falls apart

  • J December 5, 2008, 3:40 pm

    Give trees and plants for Christmas…even offer to help plant them!!

  • oona December 5, 2008, 3:53 pm

    Make holiday kits for your children out of gently used items you collect through out the year from thrift shops. For example, my daughter is crazy about cats right now so I scour Goodwill for books about cats (fiction and nonfiction) cat stuffed animals or games. Then, you can supplement your goodie package with items you have handcrafted (a cat bingo or memory game) fleece cat scarf and hat that is easy to sew, and some cat cookies! (This themed gift can be easily adjusted to your child’s interest and is a fun way to challenge yourself to spend a limited amount and recycle at the same time!)

  • Gayle Sipper December 5, 2008, 5:46 pm

    We use old Christmas cards and wrapping paper to make ornaments for friends and families. The grandparents and extended family love to see what the kids come up with each year.

  • margaret herrin December 5, 2008, 7:14 pm

    Purchase a live Christmas tree that can be planted in your yard after the holidays are over. It will provide shelter to birds.

  • Patricia Treskovich December 5, 2008, 9:59 pm

    Try the low energy christmas lights for the tree and outdoors.

  • James Jenkins December 6, 2008, 8:21 am

    use an artificial tree that is re-useable from year to year

  • Nancy J December 6, 2008, 9:39 am

    Don’t discard use old Christmas cards :
    for making gift tags
    Place them in a frame and put around the house for decor
    decoupage them over old cardboard boxes for a pretty effect

    Nancy Js last blog post..Dinner Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

  • cari king December 6, 2008, 9:42 am

    I love to make our own holiday cards. I also dont like plain old cards that normally get thrown away after the season. I make all my cards to be used for a dual purpose. One year our cards was also a standing frame holding our family photo. One year it had ribbons to hang from a nail.

  • Dave Mason December 6, 2008, 10:28 am

    Each year my extended family has a big dinner at a restaurant and we carpool instead of everyone driving alone.

    We usually have the lights off at night and just keep the christmas tree lights on

    We reuse our christmas lights every year instead of buying new ones

  • sara b December 6, 2008, 11:02 am

    I am having my kids make their own wrapping paper. Use recycled paper and let the kids have at it!!
    brownell98@msn.com

  • sara b December 6, 2008, 11:03 am

    Instead of driving around looking at lights individually, carpool and do it together as a family!
    brownell98@msn.com

  • sara b December 6, 2008, 11:04 am

    Recycle, recycle, recycle all of the packaging from all your unwrapped gifts :0)
    brownell98@msn.com

  • sito December 6, 2008, 11:19 am

    I replaced my Christmas lights with the LED type. No, I did not dispose of the old light strings. I made wreaths out of the wires. I used the bulbs in other crafts, including slumping and fusing to make jewelry. Now I have energy efficient lighting — on a timer — and some great holiday gifts.

  • Allen Rodney December 6, 2008, 11:43 am

    To save cash and green up all year, only turn lights on
    in the room you are in. It’s a simple and efficient concept!

  • Jeffrey W December 6, 2008, 1:23 pm

    You can make your holiday cards yourself, on your computer/printer. Or add a special touch and have your kids help out and have creative cards.

  • Kimberly December 6, 2008, 1:44 pm

    We save reusable items throughout the year to make our Christmas decorations. We save the packing peanuts from all of our packages to make Christmas chains for our tree. Applying alittle glue and glitter makes them catch the lights beautifully.

  • Teresa Hoyt December 6, 2008, 2:25 pm

    Instead of putting lights on our outside trees, my kids help me make birdseed ornaments that we hang. Maybe you can’t see it at night, but our trees are decorated with birds all day long!
    Teresa690[at]gmail[dot]com

  • diane redcay December 6, 2008, 3:51 pm

    My kids and I find pinecones and sticks and make our christmas tree ornaments we put died fruits and nuts on them then after chritmas we hand them outside on our trees for the animals to eat my kids love it

  • Samantha December 6, 2008, 5:32 pm

    We use an artificial tree that was going to be thrown out by a family member instead of cutting down a new one each year.

    Samanthas last blog post..I’m Back! Sorry it’s been almost a month! Walmart deals to share!

  • Samantha December 6, 2008, 5:33 pm

    We only turn our Christmas tree lights on for special events. We don’t leave it on all night long just to see the lights.

    Samanthas last blog post..I’m Back! Sorry it’s been almost a month! Walmart deals to share!

  • Samantha December 6, 2008, 5:34 pm

    I save old Christmas cards to use on my scrapbook pages instead of throwing them out.

    Samanthas last blog post..I’m Back! Sorry it’s been almost a month! Walmart deals to share!

  • Stefanie @ Mommy Musings December 6, 2008, 7:07 pm

    We are using my daughters artwork for wrapping paper this year. Not only is it a great way of reusing paper (and not buying wrapping paper) but the Grandma’s love it too.

    Stefanie @ Mommy Musingss last blog post..Share Something Sweet

  • Kathleen December 6, 2008, 8:20 pm

    I wash and save jars for a few months before Christmas and have created some little “green cleaning” gift baskets for friends. I made up some homemade laundry detergent, a baking soda scrub, some vinegar/tea tree all-purpose cleaner, and some flannel reusable wipes. I package them in a reusable bag, and present them to co-workers and friends. I’m hoping they like them! I’m going to eventually put some photos on my blog.

    Kathleens last blog post..Project Peanut Butter

  • Kathleen December 6, 2008, 8:24 pm

    Rather than throw away Christmas cards, I recycle them into little origami boxes and use them for small gifts or for hanging on my tree. I have a tutorial I wrote here:
    http://katydidandkid.blogspot.com/2008/09/kitchen-table-crafts-origami-box.html

    Kathleens last blog post..Project Peanut Butter

  • Kathleen December 6, 2008, 8:38 pm

    I make a lot of natural or recycled ornaments for our Christmas tree, like stringing cranberries and popcorn. One special one I do recycles the metal lids from frozen juice cans, where I punch a design in it with a nail (like a letter or a simple picture) and then I hang it on the tree with a pretty ribbon. You can see photos in my tutorial here:
    http://katydidandkid.blogspot.com/2008/09/kitchen-table-crafts-punched-tin-juice.html

    Kathleens last blog post..Project Peanut Butter

  • Jana M December 6, 2008, 8:54 pm

    Reuse wrapping paper, bows, tissue paper, and gift bags. Also, turn your Christmas lights off during the night…not many people will see them during those hours anyway!

  • Debbie Criss December 7, 2008, 1:00 am

    We’re remodeling!!!!!!!!!! We have took all the inside walls and ceiling out of the kitchen. Instead of all the cooking in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking on the cabinet in the frontroom for about 3 months. I use crockpots, electric skillet, and microwave. I’m actually getting used to using the greener ways of cooking.

  • nancy thao December 7, 2008, 7:09 am

    My kids and I use our inmagination and turn the inside of our house into Santa’s workshop. We put up lights all around our living room and in our rooms. I use candy cane wrappers and tape them to the wall to make it look a like Santa’s shop. We section off little end tables with a workshop of santa’s toys amd just put stuff animals or cars or electronics, etc. on them to make it look like someone has been working on them. I just love to go a long way with my kids by using both our inmagination and turning our house into something magical.

  • angie1969 December 7, 2008, 7:36 am

    You can wrap your christmas presents in the sunday comics…looks great ….

  • Jim W. December 7, 2008, 10:56 am

    I have a small potted pine tree that I use every year for my Christmas tree. I bring it in for a few days and decorate it before it goes back outside, It’s not the biggest tree but the fresh smell really makes the Holiday.

  • April December 7, 2008, 12:06 pm

    You’ve got some great tips already so I’ll just add a nifty little thing that I love. Freshly cut Christmas trees are better as they are farmed and replaced, a continuing and sustainable resource. But, when the holiday is over, you can call earth911 to find out where you can have your tree be turned into mulch!

  • Ken Robinson December 7, 2008, 12:48 pm

    The general use of LED lights will make quite a difference. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  • Nicole H December 7, 2008, 2:06 pm

    We recycle and reuse everything. Also, we bring our own canvas bags to the grocery and mass merchant store.

  • Gloria Dornin December 7, 2008, 5:08 pm

    we reuse everything we can aand instead of using plastic decorations we try for the real outdoor decorations, easier of recycling

  • Kristie December 7, 2008, 7:55 pm

    I clean and save glass jars from foods and sauces to use to package home made gifts like cocoa mix, cookies in a jar, etc. Then, I save ribbon and fabric scraps from fancy packaging, gift bags and craft projects to dress up the jars!

  • julieh December 7, 2008, 8:35 pm

    Recycle all your Christmas wrap and decorations every year.

  • Kim December 7, 2008, 10:55 pm

    I fill a vase or hurricane with fresh cranberries. It makes the most beautiful centerpiece.

  • Joanna December 8, 2008, 3:44 am

    Use news paper as wrapping paper. Also reuse wrapping paper. only turn your lights on at certain times. give green gifts. Don’t use bows (they are not recyclable) but you can reuse them.

  • Patricia Treskovich December 8, 2008, 9:11 am

    Use branches from your yard to make decorations like wreaths,of fir, cedar, boxwood or just interesting shaped bare twigs sprayed white.

  • Sara A December 8, 2008, 9:12 am

    I save money in the holiday season by hand-making gifts that I think the person could really use. For example, my sister and brother in law say their new home gets really cold in the evening, so I made them each new fleece throws. This way, the gift is really special AND it is easy on the wallet. This is the green way to go because I don’t buy ANYTHING!! I just poke around the house and find things I can use to create something nice.

  • Teresha December 8, 2008, 2:31 pm

    Save the styrofoam peanuts that come in shipped packages and string them together with a need and thread make Christmas tree garlands

  • Carla Spence December 8, 2008, 7:16 pm

    Use natural items as decoration like pine cones and sprigs of holly rather than plastic ones.

  • Kathy December 8, 2008, 10:58 pm

    Every year I don’t have to buy bags or boxes because I reuse the ones I receive! That goes for the tissue paper too!

    Kathys last blog post..Jamie and Family

  • Anikka December 8, 2008, 10:59 pm

    use real dishes (paper plates are flimsy anyways). like others have said cleaning up can be a family fair and that’s what the holidays are about

  • Anikka December 8, 2008, 11:00 pm

    drink less soda/beer/wine because a lot of energy goes into creating the individual containers. Water is great or buy liquids in bulk

  • Anikka December 8, 2008, 11:00 pm

    carpool to holiday gatherings.

  • Kathy December 8, 2008, 11:00 pm

    This year for the first time we have a fake tree! And we’ll be able to reuse it year after year.

    Kathys last blog post..Jamie and Family

  • Teresa R December 9, 2008, 2:54 am

    We use old newspaper to wrap our presents, using an easy folding technique that doesn’t require tape. If there is a worry about smudging ink on the gift, we first put the gift into a grocery store bag. Afterwards, all wrapping is recycled.

  • Fran December 9, 2008, 7:22 am

    We love to decorate the outside of our home. We have plenty of evergreens on our property and collect pinecones to use for decorating. We also collect gigantic ones when we travel to other areas. We do two things with the pinecones: coat some in glue and sprinkle with glitter and coat others in peanut butter and roll them in bird seed. The glitter ones we attach to wreaths we make. We attach hemp string to hang some from thetree branches in our front yard. The birdseed cones are a special treat to all the birds we attract with our regular feeders. A blast of red from the cardinals and the penguin-looking nuthatchers are a great sight!

  • Fran December 9, 2008, 7:29 am

    I make homemade bath salts and give them as gifts. I save the small glass jars from artichokes and small marinated mushrooms. I remove the labels and sterilize the jars. I either paint the lids or use fabric to cover them. I mix together about one cup of epsom salts with 6 drops of my favorite essential oil and mix. Lavender and peppermint are big hits. Everyone loves them. We did this for my Brownie troop when we did a service project for providing the luncheon favors for the senior citizens. It was a great hit!

  • anna/gbmom2407 December 9, 2008, 8:17 am

    We have a pretty efficiant home but we put plastic over all of our windows (and patio door) to preserve as much heat as possible. Furnace doesn’t run as often, money doesn’t seap out the windows and doors.

    anna/gbmom2407s last blog post..11:54pm tonight marks TWO YEARS!

  • anna/gbmom2407 December 9, 2008, 8:18 am

    We cut our own CHRISTmas tree and when we are done with it we put it in the yard for the birds. (later it is recycled into mulch).

    anna/gbmom2407s last blog post..11:54pm tonight marks TWO YEARS!

  • anna/gbmom2407 December 9, 2008, 8:20 am

    Ever sat in the living room at night with just the CHRISTmas tree lights on? Yep, that’s right, why with that beautiful light would you need anything else on. Lights out, saving energy. Puts ya in pretty good spirits too.

    anna/gbmom2407s last blog post..11:54pm tonight marks TWO YEARS!

  • Elizabeth December 9, 2008, 8:29 am

    We always save our gift boxes and tissue paper for next year. Not only does it save on the trash at Christmas, it also saves green in the form of dollars because we don’t have to buy new the next year.

    Elizabeths last blog post..Ball!

  • Jen December 9, 2008, 9:32 am

    One of the easiest green tips I can think of is just to turn off your Christmas lights when you go to bed at night, instead of leaving them on all night.

    Better yet, use a timer!

    Jens last blog post..Giveaways

  • Jen December 9, 2008, 9:34 am

    Instead of using purchased potpourri or plug-in scents to make your house smell good, just put a pot of water on the stove with a cinnamon stick and a capful of vanilla. Things will smell yummy in no time!

    Jens last blog post..Giveaways

  • Jen December 9, 2008, 9:36 am

    You can save not only bows and bags for reuse, but also tissue paper. Just iron it on a high setting with no steam, and the folds and crinkles will come right out. If it’s torn, then just cut off the torn part to make a smaller piece –

    Jens last blog post..Giveaways

  • JenMarie December 9, 2008, 11:00 am

    One way is to recycle gift bags…I just cringe when someone throws out a good gift bag. Another is to recycle jars, bottles and other ‘container’ to use a gift ‘bags’!

  • LaDawne Brown December 9, 2008, 2:17 pm

    my family uses energy saving LED holiday lights, we also recycle gift bags and wrapping .

  • Christina December 9, 2008, 3:06 pm

    I keep all the non-wrinkled, non-torn vestiges of wrapping paper (after the presents have been opened) to use as wrapping paper for smaller presents next year! Why cut down more trees?

  • Kobi Hendrix December 9, 2008, 7:15 pm

    We use a live tree and then plant it in the forest behind my parent’s house

  • Barbara McCrea December 9, 2008, 9:43 pm

    only leave Christmas lights on for a few hours a day after it’s dark, but turn them off before going to bed>

  • Diane December 9, 2008, 11:29 pm

    Use old CD to make Christmas decoration

  • Adam & Wendy December 10, 2008, 12:03 am

    eco-holiday tip:
    We bought some sustainable hemp twine and we are going to be wrapping our gifts in the comics pages of the newspaper and wrapping with the twine. You can reuse the twine and compost or recycle the newspapers. And it’s fun! Also got LED lights for the Christmas tree this year. They save 60% energy, and so bright! Only needed 3 strands VS 10 last year of reg. lights.

    Thanks!
    Twitter.com/PawLuxury

    Adam & Wendys last blog post..Paw Luxury / Earth’s Best Friend Eco-dog Jacket Giveaway!

  • vaish December 10, 2008, 12:04 am

    I wrap my gifts with the paper bags from the grocery store and I decorate them with cutouts from old holiday cards that I have received. They end up looking fantastic and are all one of a kind!

  • Jade December 10, 2008, 12:16 am

    All of my internet-connected friends and relatives have vowed not to send real cards this year– we’re constructing our own with simple Paint programs to e-mail or using websites for e-cards. For other relatives, we’re sharing websites to buy recycled cards!

  • Christie December 10, 2008, 1:23 am

    Use the new LED lights to decorate. Use shiny tinsel, shiny garland and glitter encrusted ornaments because they all reflect your lights and therefore you new FEWER light strands for a good display.

  • R Hicks December 10, 2008, 7:29 am

    We try very hard to be a green family. One thing we are doing this year is stringing lots of popcorn. We add different colors to the strings by mixing food color in a cup of water and then using a sprayer to spritz the strings.

    And yes, you can eat it too!

    ardy22 at earthlink.net

  • Betty Shoemaker December 10, 2008, 9:45 am

    We use our gift bags over every year. Also using live trees is better for the environment instead of the plastic ones.

  • sandra kao December 10, 2008, 11:03 am

    i recycle gift wrap, bags, bows, and tags whenever possible

  • Loleta Dickerson December 10, 2008, 11:08 am

    Calling all moms!

    This is an activity that you can do with your kids to make this holiday greener.

    First go to Walmart to purchase:

    Glitter (Assorted Colors)
    Elmer’s Glue
    2-3 Pkgs. of Ornament Hooks
    Scoth Tape
    Ribbon (Ass0rted Colors)
    Sissors
    and
    Recycled Construction Paper

    The, make a day out of it and go picking up or collecting used alumiinum cans from your naighbors.

    Once home with your bounty, one by one, smash your cans flat with the bottem of their feet while wearing strong and strudy athletic shoes.

    A great way to relieve holiday stress…smile.

    And, once you’re done, make an assemly line with the items you purchased at walmart.

    Place you construction paper 1st, sissors 2nd, Cans 3rd, scoth tape 4th, glue 5th, a bowl of glitter 6th, ribbon 7th and you hooks 8th.

    1. Cut 1 8×10 piece of contruction paper in half.

    2. Place the corner side of 1 aluminum can in the center of the first piece of contruction paper.

    3. Bring all sides of the contruction paper together, like making a ponytail, concealing the aluminum can inside the contruction paper.

    4. Now, twist the top of the contruction paper leaving a tail and seal that twist with a piece of scotch tape.

    5. Holding the ornament at the twisted area, drizzle the ornatment with Elmer’s Glue. For a more cover look, dip into a bowl of Elmer’s Glue.

    6. Now gently dip the ornament in glitter.

    7. Allow the ornaments to dry on a flat surface.

    8. Once dried, tie a ribbon around the twisted area of each ornament.

    9. Finally, affix each completed item with its own ornament hook at the top and secure with a piece of scoth tape.

    10. And start decking the halls with your “go green” glittering, aluminum can filled round ornament balls—there are no christmas lights required.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my post & I hope you enjoyed my fun filled tip for going green this holiday season.

    Merry Christmas from: Loleta, Christopher, Christopher Jr., Savannah and Christian!

  • Tori December 10, 2008, 11:57 am

    One tip I learned from my Aunt when I was younger is instead of using gift boxes to wrap gifts, find the right size box from items in your pantry. Once the food has been eaten, you can use things like cereal and popcorn boxes to house your gifts and then wrap them.

    Toris last blog post..Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

  • Tori December 10, 2008, 11:59 am

    I often use old ornaments to decorate a gift with. If I decide to change the color of my ornaments one year, or have misfit sets becuase one item broke… I see how I can turn holiday decor into gift wrapping decoration.

    Toris last blog post..Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

  • Tori December 10, 2008, 12:02 pm

    Instead of buying Christmas cards and/or gift tags… I like to have the kids “scrap” holiday cards. By gathering up scraps the months before Christmas from packagin, mail, etc…. my kids have enough peices to choose from when making their cards. Bonus: the friends and family that receive them really appreciate the kids time and creativity.

    Toris last blog post..Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

  • Tammy Marshall December 10, 2008, 12:41 pm

    We don’t cut a tree down to use for our decorations, we just decorate all the bushes and trees we already have planted in our yard for the holidays and we always use timers for the lights.

  • Mary December 10, 2008, 1:58 pm

    this year for gifts I am using cloth bags that can be used for groceries after the holidays – that way it is easier for them to start carrying their own bags to tte store like I do=)

  • Kelly December 10, 2008, 2:48 pm

    My tip is what we have started doing this year.

    We stopped buying/putting up outdoor Christmas lights which eventually will have to be thrown away instead we have started a tradition of gathering all the family and going to the zoo where they put on a excellent light show.

    Just trying to do our part. :)

    :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

  • Sharon Seneker December 10, 2008, 5:46 pm

    I suggest using those decorations, left over gift wrap and Christmas cards instead of buying new ones especially the many plastic offerings! Thanks!

  • Vickie December 10, 2008, 5:50 pm

    Give a holiday basket filled with green products, like energy saving light bulbs, natural cleaning products, cloth tote bags for grocery shopping and anything else you can think of.

  • Erica L December 10, 2008, 8:27 pm

    Since 1999, we have been free of one-use paper gift wrap! I make cloth bags and we reuse them over and over. I make a few more each year as they get passed out of the family. We also use tins, baskets, and for larger items, an envelope containing clues to the location.

  • Sara December 10, 2008, 8:35 pm

    I am turning down the heat, especially when the oven is running with holiday cooking. I try to do all my cooking in one swoop to save electricity, so I bake all my items at once.
    Also, I am only turning on my Christmas lights at our Christmas party and my family recycles shirt boxes, gift bags and anything else wrapping related.
    I also recycle all boxes and any other packaging I can after we open presents. I just put the items in my recycling bins.

  • Melissa Namowitz December 10, 2008, 8:55 pm

    Buy the Christmas tree that you can plant once Christmas is over!!!

  • Kathryn December 11, 2008, 12:09 am

    Purchase a live Christmas Tree and plant in your yard or a nearby park or public area after Christmas! You can also use pine cones as decorations… roll them in glitter for extra sparkle.

  • Linda Russell December 11, 2008, 5:05 am

    I use the same artificial tree for over 10 years and now use the new LED lights that last forever and are more energy efficient. Even though some might say using a real tree is better, I think it’s terrible to cut down a living, breathing tree that helps reduce the carbon in our environment. All of my ornaments are hand me downs from family and some that my kids were given as gifts when small.

  • Angel December 11, 2008, 6:51 am

    I love to “upcycle” materials from my home and from the thrift store. I’ve made fancy handbags out of vintage cotton pillowcases. This year I made homemade journals with fabric covers to give to a couple of the male family members on my list. I also made a cute rag doll for my niece with clothes my son had stained. Super cute!

    Angels last blog post..Don’t Look Now, Another Flashback….

  • Angel December 11, 2008, 6:53 am

    We purchase our produce for our holiday meals (actually all year round) from a local co-op we belong to. It’s nice knowing our pumpkin pie was made from a locally grown pumpkin.

    Angels last blog post..Don’t Look Now, Another Flashback….

  • Angel December 11, 2008, 6:55 am

    Each year we make ornaments from the leftover scraps of the crafts we’ve made throughout the year. We collect fabric, thread, paints, etc. and turn it into days of designing. My daughter loves this time of year and I love seeing the past years works on the tree.

    Angels last blog post..Don’t Look Now, Another Flashback….

  • Amy Owens December 11, 2008, 7:52 am

    I save boxes and ribbons each Christmas and pull them out again and again to reuse. My kids know to not throw them away after all the presents are done!

  • Teresa Crosswhite December 11, 2008, 8:30 am

    each year, we try to save as many Christmas package boxes that we can to re use the next year.

  • Larisa N December 11, 2008, 10:00 am

    I always reuse the gift bags as well as gift boxes.

  • Dawn Horns December 11, 2008, 10:29 am

    I have learn that I should not use shiny wrapping paper and bows.

  • Lori December 11, 2008, 10:36 am

    We decorated with pine branches and cones and red ribbons, this year. We will save the ribbons to redecorate again next year.

  • Maggie Smith December 11, 2008, 10:43 am

    Instead of tinsel and other non-recyclables my family and I string popcorn and cranberries for the tree. It looks classic and after Christmas we just take the tree outside and let the birds enjoy our Christmas cheer :)

  • Kathy Conley December 11, 2008, 10:52 am

    Use the comics from newspaper instead of wrapping paper for gifts and then save it too recycle later!

  • LissaC December 11, 2008, 11:47 am

    I reuse other objects in my home as decor. For example, my candle holder which surrounds my patio umbrella is on my kitchen table surrounding a small vase with christmas picks and then I filled the base with christmas balls.

  • Emily B December 11, 2008, 12:11 pm

    We buy carbon offsets for family members that travel for the holidays to make their trips a little greener. We use http://www.climatefriendly.com, which has free e-cards and certificates with your purchase, great for gift-giving. It’s so easy and actually quite cheap to negate the impact of holiday flights and driving.

  • rebecca maxwell December 11, 2008, 12:43 pm

    save the comic sections of your newspaper and use them for gift wrap and decorate your packages with festive things from your garden(i.e pin cones, holly branches with red berries, etc)

  • Jillian Veit December 11, 2008, 12:47 pm

    I re-use gift bags and boxes

  • Irina December 11, 2008, 12:53 pm

    Use old christmas card. Just cut and glue a new color paper inside.

  • amy ormsby December 11, 2008, 12:56 pm

    one way that my family makes the season greener is by exchanging ‘white elephant’ gifts. we all find something sitting sround our homes, that we no longer need or use and wrap it up. then when we all get together, we draw numbers to see who picks first. sometimes th e gifts sre serious & practical and other times they’re very funny. We all have a ball doing this and it doesn’t cost us anything, plus it keeps the items out of our landfills- which are filling up fast.

  • Jen Beggs December 11, 2008, 1:25 pm

    I always save and resuse gift bags and gift boxes. Even the tissue paper in them if it doesn’t look too ratty. There is such a variety of bags, some are like paper bags, some are cloth, some are plastic, and some are paper. Easy wrapping and re-usable!

    Jen Beggss last blog post..October Brag Book

  • Jen Beggs December 11, 2008, 1:26 pm

    I am going to wrap gifts by placing them in the reusable grocery sacks from local stores. These come in handy while shopping, and will be the gift that keeps on giving!

    Jen Beggss last blog post..October Brag Book

  • Jen Beggs December 11, 2008, 1:28 pm

    I created my own digital 4×6 photo Christmas card (scrapbook style), had them printed off, and mailed them like a post card. I did not have to use an envelope–which just gets thrown away–and saved a few cents on postage.

    Jen Beggss last blog post..October Brag Book

  • Lori H. December 11, 2008, 1:52 pm

    My family is doing quite alot this year to make the holiday “greener.” 1)We are not buying wrapping paper at all, we are using newspaper and pages from the kids coloring books to wrap presents. (and making sure it all goes in the recycle bin) ; 2) we collected alot of our cans to make ornaments for people to give as gifts (we even labeled them with recycling messages and reminders)

  • Ilissa H. December 11, 2008, 1:55 pm

    My tip is to use LED Christmas lights for your house, tree, etc. and make sure to use a timer that allows you to limit the amount of time you keep your lights on for. Thanks for the chance! Great prize! :)

    Ilissa H.s last blog post..SLAPPA Winner!

  • Katt Lewis December 11, 2008, 2:26 pm

    I’ve been decorating my 8 ft ficus tree for the past 8 years, then after Christmas we go plant 200 to 400 pine seedlings. The ficus looks great and we enjoy the day we spend planting together.

  • Diana Corlett December 11, 2008, 2:36 pm

    Save money and go green by trimming small excess branches from your evergreen trees and weaving them together to form garlands for your mantlepiece or stair rail. Decorate with tiny ornaments from your stash or use bright colored wrapped candies to add a dash of Christmas cheer. As a bonus, if your tree isn’t real, the needles will give off that real Christmas tree scent.

  • Diana Corlett December 11, 2008, 2:47 pm

    Find ways to decorate using what you already have rather than buy new. For instance, old strands of silver tinsel garland, cut into alternating lengths with bright-colored Christmas balls attached to the ends, can be hung along the top of a wall in the entranceway. A lovely, inexpensive way to recycle while greeting incoming guests with a cheerful Christmas touch.

  • Rhonda Hunt December 11, 2008, 3:13 pm

    Recycle your Christmas tree!

  • Cindy December 11, 2008, 3:30 pm

    My green gift giving tip is to give gifts of time. Babysit for friends with kids, take elderly people out on errands or shopping, take the garbage out for neighbors, etc. No wasted gift wrap, no wasted useless “stuff”, etc.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Kathy Scott December 11, 2008, 4:07 pm

    Save your Christmas cards and use them next year to decorate packages.

  • Veronica December 11, 2008, 5:08 pm

    My greenest holiday tip is to either buy an artificial tree and use that forever. Or to use your real tree as mulch.

  • Jessi L December 11, 2008, 6:50 pm

    A reusable christmas tree! Ours is white! And recycleable wrapping paper!

  • Rebecca C December 11, 2008, 6:59 pm

    Use Pinecones to decorate, if you are anything like me they are laying all over your yard!

    Rebecca Cs last blog post..Fly High Joy Review and Giveaway!

  • Rebecca C December 11, 2008, 7:00 pm

    If you happen to have paper bags laying around decorate those and wrap presents in them!

  • Rebecca C December 11, 2008, 7:00 pm

    Send E – Cards instead of paper cards!

    Rebecca Cs last blog post..Fly High Joy Review and Giveaway!

  • Phillip Fry December 11, 2008, 7:57 pm

    Buy energy saving LED christmas lights!

  • Herb Sussman December 11, 2008, 7:57 pm

    We buy a living tree and after the holidays we plant it.

  • michelle rosborough December 11, 2008, 8:01 pm

    Shop for holiday decorations at the thrift store

  • cathleen n. December 11, 2008, 9:04 pm

    I have no idea if this was already mentioned -it’s impossible for me to read through nearly 500 posts before mine!- but here goes anyway: In lieu of purchasing material gifts as usual, and adding to landfills with the gift wrap, packaging and eventually the item itself… shoppers should try adopting a tree or exotic animal (say, orphaned elephant being cared for at an African animal rescue) in their recipient’s name. This would be a very rewarding gift for children to receive a packet of info and pictures about their newly adopted “pet” or tree, etc. In my opinion, sponsorship of a nature-made object is truly the better gift for all and far less of a hassle trying to hunt down the latest toy that will only get so many hours of enjoyment before it’s tossed or given away. There are many organizations with websites -these days it’s just as simple to sign up at one of these sites to save the planet one creature at a time, as it is to shop for a toy or sweater.

    I hope this gives other readers of this blog some inspiration to try it out! Thanks for the entry in the giveaway too!

  • Aletha Hendrickson December 11, 2008, 9:05 pm

    We recycle paper, ribbon, ornaments, and use luminiers (I think that’s the name), paper bags filled with dirt or sand with tea candles in them, along the walkways. Also we compost everything possible, including kitchen and yard waste. We buy live Christmas trees and plant them after Christmas. Some are now 30 feet tall.

  • Laurie Wilson December 11, 2008, 9:08 pm

    I reuse gift bags, tissue paper and even bows. For decorating your home, use real fruit and nuts and other things you have around your house. You can make beautiful wreaths using real fruit.

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  • dani December 11, 2008, 9:53 pm

    I re-use my giftbags and I make decorations by using old christmas cards.

  • george mcneese December 11, 2008, 11:10 pm

    Every year, i like to start my Christmas ritual at the end of April. On Arbor day, i go buy a Douglas Fir at a local nursery. (I live in Colorado, so I use Douglas Firs. However, there are many different types of coniferous trees available depending on your local climate). I plant it in a fairly large pot and place it in a well lit area of my yard. The first snow of the season is my cue to bring it inside for the holidays. It’s rather nice to have a bit of a personal connection with you Christmas tree. They aren’t naturally as conical and picturesque as people are ordinarily used to, but that’s a blessing in itself. A little bit of grooming to your personal tastes leaves you with scraps that are just begging to become wreaths and centerpieces. Feel free to move the tree back outside after the holidays, the snow won’t bother it at all. I usually hang on to my tree until the next Arbor day. Then I plant it, get a new one, and let the tradition continue.

  • Kristen Hendricks December 12, 2008, 12:18 am

    My tip for making the holidays greener is to use energy efficient lights both indoors and outdoors. I bought a few sets a couple years back and have been using them ever since since it is better for the environment.

  • Sally December 12, 2008, 12:21 am

    When shipping Christmas gifts to family and friends, I use popped popcorn in place of the packing peanuts.

  • justin cazel December 12, 2008, 12:23 am

    I save the funny paper out of the sunday paper , all year long.
    I use these papers to wrap presents at Chritmas time

  • Kristen Hendricks December 12, 2008, 12:29 am

    Another tip I have is give gifts in reusable bags instead of wrapping paper. My family has used less and less wrapping paper every year. Plus, the some of the bags are nicer than wrapping paper as well.

  • randy h December 12, 2008, 1:24 am

    After the New Year, find a lake to recycle your Christmas tree and create an underwater habitat.

  • Jody John December 12, 2008, 1:25 am

    We try to use gift bags that can be reused year after year – or recycle some other way…using newspapers to wrap, saving wrapping paper, using last years Christmas card to decorate up the newspaper so it is more Christmasy.

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  • Kristen Hendricks December 12, 2008, 1:47 am

    Finally, if you do buy a live tree check and don’t want to plant it when you get rid of it try to make sure it is getting recycled. My family makes sure to do this when we buy a live tree.

  • flared0ne December 12, 2008, 2:58 am

    Instead of buying a wreath, or an evergreen centerpiece, consider going down to your hardware store garden center and buying several potted evergreens — like juniper, etc, the evergreens used for low spreading ground-cover. With a little bit of inventive coathanger bending, you can even hang one, pot and all, on a door. And a bit more coathanger wire will let you shape a larger plant into the traditional circular wreath shape. Then, after the lights come down, the plant, still living, can be moved into a productive career as a ground-cover element, instead of becoming land-fill.

  • Mollie G. December 12, 2008, 3:08 am

    If you really like to recycle stuff, drag out the old Easter-egg coloring kits you stashed Back In The Day, and use THOSE colors (NOT your usual predictable colors, either) to tint popcorn garlands — works best with a fairly concentrated solution (more dye, less water) in a spray bottle, sprayed sparingly into a large grocery bag half-full of popcorn, while shaking bag — do NOT let the kids go wild with the spray bottle in an unconstrained environment, unless you were planning on redecorating anyway…

    With a little imagination, some BEAUTIFUL colors can result!

  • Deb K December 12, 2008, 3:17 am

    When buying Christmas cards, choose cards made from recycled paper and avoid the shiny ones that can’t be recycled Even better is to send e-cards. And recycle the non-shiny cards that you receive.

  • Deb K December 12, 2008, 3:19 am

    If you’re decorating with candles, choose the ones made from soy wax or beeswax. Both are renewable resources, as opposed to regular paraffin candles, which are made from petroleum.

  • flared0ne December 12, 2008, 3:20 am

    For a surprisingly beautiful addition to your Christmas tree lighting, collect all the transparent and translucent plastic silverware you might otherwise have bemoaned throwing out, and some of those bread-ties and garbage ties you have accumulated under the sink. Figure out just where on a plastic fork to tie a christmas tree light bulb for the light to propagate nicely through the plastic, then artfully tuck plastic silverware into your tree. Start a pool on how long it takes visitors to realize just WHY the tree looks so beautifully lit this year.

    If you like tucking lights into the wreath on the door, try some plastic silverware there too — on the back of the wreath; the lights will be reflected off the door and scattered in surprisingly nice patterns.

  • Mollie G. December 12, 2008, 3:28 am

    Remember that you aren’t limited to popcorn and cranberries, etc, for your garlands. If you save up scratched and damaged CDs over the course of a year, a hammer (and a nail to help with stringing) will easily generate poly-chromatic “chips” to cover your tree with rainbows! And those large blocks of styrofoam protecting any delicate products — as long as you don’t break them up too small (but small enough to lose most of their straight-line edges), they substitute nicely for popcorn, or even for drifted snow.

  • Joe Jakab December 12, 2008, 3:34 am

    Go to Home Depot or some such and get TWO Live Douglas Fir or Scotch Pine Christmas Trees (in the black pots). Take them home and decorate and place in front of Your Picture Window or somewheres Side by Side where they will be Visable. About January 9th, take the Two Live Christmas Tree and plant on your property where You have a nice plain vacant spot!

  • Teresa C December 12, 2008, 5:02 am

    Well, I actually reuse as much of the giftwrapping and accessories as possible. It’s a pain to hold onto it, but we can recycle after reuse. Also, we get windstorms this time of year, so I go pick up the fir branches outside and use those as decorations. And something new, my family tries to buy fewer material goods and purchase services or offer our own services. I ask my kids not to buy me anything, but to make sure they help around the house!!!

    Thanks.

  • Teresa C December 12, 2008, 5:06 am

    Oops. Maybe my first post will be disqualified because I got hyper and put all three tips in one post, but I’ll add the second tip here.

    We get windstorms this time of year, so I pick up the fir branches and use them as decorations. :]

  • Teresa C December 12, 2008, 5:07 am

    And something new for my family. We try to buy fewer material goods and buy movie tickets or other services. I ask my kids not to buy me anything, but just to help around the house.

  • Eleanor Twiss December 12, 2008, 5:30 am

    We recycle Christmas cards by cutting them into beautiful gift tags.

  • Heather December 12, 2008, 5:53 am

    We make our Christmas greener by limiting when the Christmas lights are on and last year we switched to all natural christmas decorations and recycle the wrapping paper and gift bags

  • Irene D December 12, 2008, 6:47 am

    Instead of dumping those Artificial Trees and Wreaths as well as old ornaments that you don’t want anymore, donate them to organizations that help needy families. You save the environment and also help to brighten someone else’s Christmas too.

  • Tricia December 12, 2008, 7:40 am

    There is a new gadget that I found that you stick in the ground and plug your lights into. It draws energy from the sun, then lights your Christmas lights up at night!

  • cindy December 12, 2008, 8:48 am

    Use paper bags and reuse all xmas gift bags and bows.

  • Bonny S. December 12, 2008, 9:02 am

    My holiday tip is to make your decorations. Get some holly, evergreen branches, popcorn, berries, ribbon, glitter and maybe some flowers. Make a wreath, swag and a centerpiece for the table. String popcorn and berries for garland for your tree or for decorating around your home.

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  • Bonny S. December 12, 2008, 9:07 am

    Save the planet by buy a fake tree or use a potted tree for christmas. If you use a real tree make sure you recycle the tree along with your gift wrap.

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  • Bonny S. December 12, 2008, 9:09 am

    Save your money and don’t use styrofoam or disposable cups, plates and silverware. It may take a little longer to clean up, but that is a small price to pay for a healthy, beautiful planet and it will save your money.

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  • brandy December 12, 2008, 10:05 am

    I always save my gift bags and I just learned that I could cut up old Cards to make gift tags and etc. so you’re not always buying more and throwing them in landfills.

  • Pamela Hansen December 12, 2008, 10:19 am

    get a live tree celebrate then plant it outside the kids love this and we have planted at grandparents aunts uncles etc

  • Kathy Emerick December 12, 2008, 10:32 am

    For everyone who lives along the coast line.. after christmas , all the real Christmas trees can be used to help stop erosin along the coast . When I used to live in Louisiana, We took our tree to a certain place and they laid them all across the coast (Gulf) and because of the erosin these trees help.

  • jayne burchfield December 12, 2008, 10:41 am

    Reuse gift wrap!! Thank you!

  • Amy Griffin December 12, 2008, 10:48 am

    You could use one of those Living Christmas trees instead of a cut one, or an artificial one. My father in law does that, and it’s actually very pretty.

  • Christine December 12, 2008, 10:51 am

    Buy Christmas Cards that are made with recycled paper!

  • Gaye McGill December 12, 2008, 10:59 am

    Having reached grandmotherhood, I’m now trying to de-clutter. We reuse gift bags from year to year and do the rest of our wrapping with “stuff” like maps we’ve collected from trips and the comic pages (and sometimes the advertising section) from the newspaper.

  • Randi Sumner December 12, 2008, 11:27 am

    I saved Holiday Cards I received from last year. Cut out the pretty front page and am right holiday and green messages for some of my gifts. Also, for new purchases of lights as needed I am switching to solar powered hoiday lights.

  • Samantha Miller December 12, 2008, 11:58 am

    I only put my Christmas lights on when I am home and around them. Otherwise, they are wasting electricity. In addition, I try to bake everything all at once. This way it eliminates all the times it needs to be preheated.

  • Zoey December 12, 2008, 12:00 pm

    Although I have my own Christmas tress farm, after my saplings grew, I fee in love with their beauty and I chose not to sell them.

    Additionally, I have a really nice artificial tree that I put up every year. This saves one tree a year and makes the our earth greener.

    My own personal forest is doing very well.

  • A Casson December 12, 2008, 12:15 pm

    Use the decorative basket/s you may have received from the previous year as gift wrap for a gift you are buying for someone this year. They will probably love the basket and put it to good use. Cover it with cello wrap or a nice organic hemp or cotton recycled towel over the opening of basket filled with their favorite goodies, hopefully ones you ahve bought for them that are arganice and or recycled.

  • Theresa Gonzalez December 12, 2008, 12:34 pm

    We save Christmas cards from year to year and make new ornaments and decorations out of them for the new year. Great way to “Save the trees”.

  • Michelle Simons December 12, 2008, 1:27 pm

    Use real plates instead of paper plates.

  • Ashley December 12, 2008, 1:44 pm

    if using lights, use LED lights

  • Chelsea December 12, 2008, 1:45 pm

    Buy Christmas Cards that are made with recycled paper

  • Tom December 12, 2008, 1:46 pm

    reuse giftbags and ribbons

  • Kim Miller December 12, 2008, 2:07 pm

    Instead of cutting a tree down, plant one or 2 instead.

  • Audrey December 12, 2008, 2:28 pm

    I save the plastic boxes that foods come in and use them as gift boxes. No one ever guesses what their gift is since it looks like it could be a box of organic salad.

  • Audrey December 12, 2008, 2:31 pm

    Use LED lights instead of the old incandescent strands. It uses less electricity, runs cooler which makes them safer and they look great too.

  • Audrey December 12, 2008, 2:35 pm

    Make your own wrapping paper with recycled paper, rubber stamps and other crafting goodies. You can customize each to match the recipient’s taste.

  • Donna Holmberg December 12, 2008, 2:39 pm

    I planted a crab-apple tree in my front garden when I bought my new house so that I can use the crab-apples in my Christmas decor, then dump them on the ground in the Garden when christmas is done as environmentally-safe food for the animals. I string crab-apples on strings and use them as garland on my tree, my stair balustrade/railing, and even as hanging color decor on my front porch (like little red icicles). I also make crab-apple jelly as home-made gifts for my neighbors – saving me money and saving the environment by not buying non-biodegradeable products instead of the jelly. I love crab-apples because they stay on the tree a long time in my state; in fact, they stay attached to the tree throughout the winter and into early spring, providing beautiful crimson color and food for the birds all winter long – I’ve even had to go out in the spring and pluck the remaining apples off the tree so the new leaves and buds can sprout.

  • Jessica Hicks December 12, 2008, 2:52 pm

    You can be greener this Christmas by using a real tree for your home instead of an artificial one. Then, when you are done you can cut the tree up and use it as firewood.

  • Michele Childress December 12, 2008, 3:14 pm

    Thank you for the contest.

    We are using a artificial christmas tree, you can use it for years to come. It also has LED lights displayed.

  • Paula Harmon December 12, 2008, 3:15 pm

    I have saved the kids holiday art projects from school every year and to decorate for Christmas, I bring out the art and hang collections in the doorway, stairway, hall, etc…its really quiet charming and the kids love to see I’ve kept their art from years ago. After that (4 kids=alot of art), we put up our Christmas tree (which is a hand-me-down from Grandma, not a cut-me-down), and our home looks like Christmas to me!

  • joanna smith December 12, 2008, 3:24 pm

    My tip for making the Holidays Greener is to skip the Christmas gift wrapping entirely. Instead , have some FUN with your children and your family and have them hunt through the house for the gifts (of course your gift will have a Christmas gift tag on it). If you hide the presents under chairs and beds, in closets, in cupboards or the crisper drawer of the refrigerator, etc. everyone will have a great time. And don’t worry about any missed gifts because if you think you might forget, make a list of where you hid them ahead of time. Just think of all the time you will save not having to wrap all those gifts and all the unnecessary paper you will save too! Happy Holidays everyone!

  • Kimberly B December 12, 2008, 3:40 pm

    I reuse my gift bags and bows every year.
    Thanx for the contest.

  • Eileen December 12, 2008, 4:09 pm

    Create your own “living” evergreen wreath. Start with a circular oasis. Collect evergreen and herb clippings from your yard (ie: bayberry, holly, juniper, sage, etc.) and insert them into the oasis until it’s covered. Add berries, dried flowers, etc. To finish put a candle in the center and set up on a pillar cake stand. Beautiful and inexpensive! Be sure to soak oasis once a week and mist daily to keep it green.

  • kathy pease December 12, 2008, 4:38 pm

    i put up less lights this year to conserve energy :(

  • Deb Kitts December 12, 2008, 5:02 pm

    We no longer go “Christmas” shopping – we invite our family over for Christmas Eve buffet and leftovers on Christmas day. We buy our extra groceries while doing the regular shopping. Driving out several times to shop uses so much gas – if we must purchase something, we buy it on our bi-weekly trip to the grocery store. Our family enjoys the gift of time together rather than ‘material’ gifts!

  • Deb Kitts December 12, 2008, 5:04 pm

    We have used the same artificial tree for the past 15 years, which was $12 (on sale after Christmas), and we also use the same decorations.
    We used 1/2 the amount of lights this year, and only turn them on for an hour in the evening.

  • Jennifer M December 12, 2008, 5:33 pm

    I like the idea of having a living christmas tree. You can put it outside after the holidays and some areas even have people that come pick up your tree and plant it elsewhere for you.

  • Kelli Robinson December 12, 2008, 5:43 pm

    Going Green for the Holidays Tip #1: Give gift certificates for reforestation or clean energy projects to offset your or your loved one’s carbon footprint.

  • Kelli Robinson December 12, 2008, 5:48 pm

    Going Green for the Holidays Tip #2: Use plantable gift tags; send plantable Christmas cards. When planted, these tags and cards grow spruce trees!

  • Kelli Robinson December 12, 2008, 5:53 pm

    Going Green for the Holidays Tip #3: Decorate your house with solar-powered lights. They charge up during the day, automatically illuminate at dusk and switch off at dawn when the process starts all over the next day.

  • natalie p. December 12, 2008, 6:49 pm

    we bought all LED lights this year, we are saving energy and money

  • Samantha Pruitt December 12, 2008, 6:55 pm

    i always try to save paper and bags, it really comes in handy!

  • Andrea Cook December 12, 2008, 7:55 pm

    Reuse gift bags. In fact, this year, I might even try to save the wrapping paper.

  • Andrea Cook December 12, 2008, 7:57 pm

    Keep the Christmas cards from last year. Use them for your scrap book or let the kids make crafts. Better yet, let the kids create this year’s Christmas cards!

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  • Andrea Cook December 12, 2008, 7:58 pm

    Send electronic holiday cards to web savvy friends and family. Make sure that you stay in touch with those who aren’t online with you though! Call or visit them for the holidays instead of mailing a card.

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  • Andrea Cook December 12, 2008, 7:59 pm

    Re-gift books!

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  • Andrea Cook December 12, 2008, 8:02 pm

    Use the scraps from the bottom of the trees where you purchase your Christmas trees and make swags. Hang them on your porch and your front door instead of wreaths. Pottery Barn and William Sonoma are selling swags for like $50 – $75 in their catalogs! Save money and use greenery wisely!

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  • Steve Scott December 12, 2008, 9:16 pm

    Email a Christmas letter with pictures instead of a traditional Christmas card.

  • Emily Albrecht December 12, 2008, 9:59 pm

    I love this idea. However, it did make me think. There are a lot of things to make the holidays more green. I say walk or take the public transportation when going out shopping. This will help the environment a lot.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway.

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  • Emily Albrecht December 12, 2008, 10:00 pm

    Tip 2: Make sure to recycle all the wrapping paper. Either save it for next year, or just put it in the recycle bin.

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  • Emily Albrecht December 12, 2008, 10:01 pm

    Tip 3: Replace all your old lights with energy efficient LED lights.

  • Gianna December 12, 2008, 10:12 pm

    Buy a fake tree.. you can use it every year for the rest of your life.

  • lynn b December 12, 2008, 10:16 pm

    We save on paper and the price of all the stamps by sending a Christmas greeting to all of our friends in the local paper wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and of course a Happy New Year!

  • Kelly King December 12, 2008, 10:39 pm

    Love to recycle as much as possible so these are my tips!
    1) Anything can be a beautiful ornament with a little glitter! Broken toys(find unique shapes!) , egg shells(blown eggs then rolled in glue and glitter), and for the little ones, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, etc.
    2) Scratched CDs give alot of sparkle! Paint designs on them, or cut them up with some heavy duty scissors for ornaments, or make a wreath if you have a bunch. This is great for music lovers too!
    3) Use what you find outdoors. Painted rocks, glued together, make a sweet little santa. Thin tree branches (especially white birch)in a vase look elegant. And of course, evergreen and pinecones! You don’t even have to cut things down, if you go to a public park or right in your backyard they’ll be right there.
    4) Make wrapping paper out of: The Sunday comics, paper grocery bags(a few paint stamps work wonders), and even tinfoil is lovely if you’re in a hurry and you have it on hand!
    These are just a few of my tips. In the end, just reuse your decorations and show them to others to make the holidays even brighter. Sharing with others is a great way to brighten their holidays and spread a little of your eco friendly tips at the same time!

  • Les December 12, 2008, 10:54 pm

    Use LED lights for holiday decorations.

  • Donna K December 12, 2008, 10:54 pm

    Recycle your Christmas supplies. I reuse my bows. Tou can reuse a large piece of wrapping paper.

  • Donna K December 12, 2008, 10:55 pm

    Use an artificial tree. No waste.

  • Donna K December 12, 2008, 10:56 pm

    Don’t decorate with lights.

  • Sandi Tunnell December 12, 2008, 11:01 pm

    If you still put up a real tree after Christmas instead of throwing it out see if there is a recycling center or someone that will pick it up. They put them in lakes and ponds because it is good for the fish!

  • Michelle H. December 12, 2008, 11:03 pm

    When I light up the tree, I turn off the lights as much as possible. They now sell energy saving lights.

  • Marie N December 12, 2008, 11:04 pm

    Committed to going “green” this year we decided to buy a potted pine tree that we can replant after the holidays and we also trimmed it with recycled ornaments. Now if I can just find green lighting to save on energy use during the holidays I would feel better about all those lights.

  • Catherine KingChuparkoff December 12, 2008, 11:10 pm

    Use solar or LED decorations…there is a great selection available.

  • kathleen yohanna December 12, 2008, 11:41 pm

    I save all my cards. This year my class made gift boxes to give to elder shut-ins. We got the help of meals on wheels to deliver them. We decorated the boxes with cut up Thanksgiving cards from the last three years. It saved on using stickers and looked nicer too. This can be done for Christmas or Birthdays also.

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