Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorating

So here we are already…. Almost December! Who has their Christmas decorations up? That ‘s our family project this weekend! I have a personal rule that Christmas decorations don’t go up until after December 1st! I swear I saw somebody with Christmas lights up the day after Halloween! Did they forget there’s a holiday in-between! Well hopefully our lights will be shining bright by Saturday or Sunday evening! Over the last few years I’ve been trying  to get a little more eco-friendly with my holiday decorating. I want to share a few of my earth friendly  holiday ideas with you.

OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE   One thing that I have to have is a live tree, I usually buy a living tree that can be planted in the ground after the holidays, but if you don’t have the space or desire to do that and want a cut live tree make sure you take it to a recycling yard where it can be recycled for wood chips, and mulch for landscaping. Most of the live trees are raised on tree farms so don’t be worried you are hurting natures surplus of evergreens. Or if your ok with an artificial tree that’s very eco- friendly of course.

HOW LOVELY ARE YOUR BRANCHES! A natural wreath, swag or garland can be made from tree branches, just make sure to ask for them when you have the trunk of the tree trimmed and they will give you extra if you just ask nicely and smile 🙂 or gather some from your own backyard. I just saw a new idea this year I want to do, at the grocery store they had hanging plants made from evergreen trimmings! How great  would that look hanging on the front porch! Evergreen branches on the front with a few red ornaments can add color to existing planters or urns that otherwise might be empty during the season.

ALL NATURAL DECOR Another great way to add an organic touch to your decorating is to use fruit, nuts, and pine cones (my favorite) to your inside holiday centerpiece or fireplace mantle. Simple ornaments strung with dried citrus, pine cones and cinnamon sticks will look great on your Christmas tree. Stick cloves into an orange to cover the surface. This simple natural decor will make a room smell great! Kids will love  stringing popcorn and cranberries or dried fruit to make garlands. Both can be disposed of outside naturally and  birds will enjoy  a treat as well!

NEW LIFE TO THE OLD Redo and reuse some of your old holiday decorations that are worn. Give them new life by repainting or recovering. They can be used on wreaths or garlands. Be creative and get the kids involved in this project. Kids come up with great ideas, just be sure to let them know they are helping reduce waste and doing mother earth good.

GREEN TWINKLING LIGHTS  Well last but not least,  if you haven’t already the best thing you can do to be a little more earth friendly is to switch over to the new LED Christmas lights. LED lights use less electricity, which right away makes them more eco-friendly and economical! , They also last thousands of times longer than regular bulbs, which means they produce less waste – and LED Christmas lights also stay cool to the touch, making them less of a fire hazard. The new LED light are now available in all the colors and patterns and priced comparably to th e traditional holiday lights. Well tis the season to be Merry! Enjoy your holiday decorating and entertaining and try to add a few of these eco-friendly ideas to your season! ~ Sandy C. 🙂

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