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13 Dec

Finding Alternatives for Christmas

It’s that time of the year… Once December shows up on the calendar, we can already feel holiday upon us. Presents, decorations, shopping rush, all the hustle & bustle might make Christmas time one of the most joyful times of the year but as there are million things to do and hardly enough time to accomplish them, true meaning of Christmas gets lost in that hustle. 

This week’s post is going to suggest some alternative ways to have a less expensive, more meaningful, slow Christmas, set the intention on focusing more on meaning and less on buying & avoiding Christmas burn-out!

Experiences are the new gifts! 
Young and old alike are searching for creative ways this Christmas to show loved ones and friends they care enough to present them with a thoughtful and intentional gift that won’t create more visual clutter. Surprise your family or friends with experiences like getting back to nature away from electronics and technology, get family tickets to an event to spend time all together, sporting events, yoga classes for fresh new year start.

Alterate your Christmas tree!
When it comes to Christmas tree, you have a handful of options for it! Buy a real one: buy local. Support farms that reduce or don’t use pesticides and herbicides, and tree lots that donate part of the funds to community causes. Buy a Norfolk Island pine to keep indoors year-round (and in your home or work place). This is a great choice for small spaces! You can also rent a Christmas tree (Yes, a rental Christmas tree!). Last but not least, the most creative tree is DIY: make a tree from items you already own — books, scrap paper, metal coat hangers, felt, personalise it and make that Christmas spirit feel at your home!

Enhance your eco-friendly presents ideas!
Hosting green Christmas might be challenging as well as trying to be as friendly to environment when getting & packing presents to put under the Christmas tree! Furthermore, much-loved celebrations are costing us more than we realise, with experts linking festive mass consumption to long-term environmental damage. However, it does not have to be that way if you choose the eco-friendly options, like sustainably-sourced, green greetings cards, which can be recycled and was made with recycled materials, vegan vegetable-based inks. Also, use brown recyclable paper and newspapers as wrapping paper alternatives, try hemp cord or twine and decorate with foliage instead of using ribbons or tinsels. When it comes to gifts, Third party certification is the best way to determine if a product is environmentally-friendly, just look out for respected eco logos, such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Energy Star and Palm Oil Free.

Remember that the benefits of a Christmas without presents or a gift exchange with alternative gift ideas will extend far beyond the holiday season. Get yourself ready for your Alternative Christmas!