I’ve decided to set myself the goal of making 12 blog postings on greening the holidays (that’s greening in the environmentally-friendly sense, I’m all for a snowy Christmas) before December 25th.
So my first tip is to go to the fabulous holiday site run by the Center for a New American Dream. While the Center is, obviously, aimed at a U.S. audience there is still a lot of information that Canadians can make use of. For instance, they have a page of tips and links on creative gift giving, reducing holiday waste, and inspiration for a simpler and more satisfying holiday season. They also have a page of ideas for meaningful gifts that don’t cost the earth, a set of “gift of time” cards you can print out and give to your loved ones, as well as a link to the Green Guide’s gift-giving guide.
If you sign up with the Center for a New American Dream (which you can do for free) you can access other resources like a booklet on simplifying the holidays as well as material specifically for parents. I signed up this time last year in order to download the booklet, which was a fairly comprehensive guide to having a simple, meaningful, environmentally-friendly holiday. In return I get maybe one email from the Center every other week or so, usually for some campaign aimed at American government or corporations. If you don’t want the extra email you can always cancel your membership after you’ve downloaded the resources you want.