There are a ton of these kinds of lists, so what makes me think mine is adding anything to the mix?
Nothing. And it probably isn’t, butt regardless I wanted to write down what I am doing to keep the green in the red and green season. (Wow. That was cheesy. Even for me.)
Maybe what sets my list apart is that these are all easy (and cheap!) things that anyone can do without a lot of effort. In fact, some of things on the list require less effort than their alternatives. How’s that for a win?
Katie’s list of ways to “green” the season:
1. Recycle gift bags. I do this all the time. I’m feeling ambitious right now, so I’m saying that I’ll make, from my fabric stash, all the gift bags too. So the bag itself is a gift. We’ll see if it actually happens. (I should also note that I’ve been saying this every year for about 5 years. Hasn’t happened yet.)
But you don’t have to make a fabric bag. You can just reuse a bag from a gift you received. Or wrap your presents in newspaper. Or old t-shirts. Or fabric scraps. Or….you get the idea.
2. Just say no to Christmas trees. After yesterday’s post, I’ve decided to forego a tree for another year. I mean, I’m 32, I haven’t had one yet, and I have never felt like my holiday season suffered, so I think I’m safe.
3. Don’t send cards. Save the paper and the energy to mail them (not to mention the $$) and send some hilarious ecards.
Or better yet, CALL someone to wish them happy holidays. You remember phone calls right? They are what your texting machine was actually designed to do.
4. Along those lines, use the cards you get as gift tags. My mom was doing this back in day, before being “green” was hip and cool. (Its funny though, that now that it is cool to do it, she doesn’t anymore. Moms. Forever uncool. Hehe. Kidding.)
5. Give money. Be honest; you’d rather get money, so why not just give it too? Skip the madness of shopping altogether.
This has a couple added benefits – more time to do things that aren’t shopping in crowded malls and….well okay, that’s all I can think of. But still. That’s a big one.
Things like making all those fun crafts you’ve (I’ve) been wanting to make forever but you haven’t had time for.
And if your list isn’t 17834 pages long like mine is, here’s a list of 30 craft projects for the holiday season. Get going!
Plus, as an added bonus, most of these tips will also save you some green. (Money? Dollars are green? Get it?) Oooh, that was bad.
What are you doing this season that’s “green”?
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