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You Will Need
- Evergreen boughs
- Needle and thread
- Cloth bag
- Antique or vintage gifts
- Local food
- Cloth or used wrapping paper
- Reusable holiday cards
- Local charity
Use natural decorative materials
Use natural materials such as pinecones, evergreen boughs, and homemade popcorn and cranberry strings for your holiday decor.
Bring a cloth bag shopping
Bring a cloth bag when you go shopping, and decline plastic or fancy shopping bags.
Give gifts of experience
Gifts of experience -- such as theater tickets, a special meal, or a visit to a day spa -- also contribute to a greener, low-waste holiday.
Consider donating to a charity
For the person who has everything, consider donating to a charity in their name. Choose a cause that will be meaningful to them.
Reuse gift wrap
Use and reuse cloth to wrap gifts, as traditionally done in Japan. If you use paper and ribbon, unwrap packages carefully so you can reuse the wrapping another time.
Make gift tags from Christmas cards
Save the fronts of Christmas cards you receive. Cut them into squares, punch a hole in the corner, and reuse them as gift tags.
Serve local food and wine
For holiday celebrations, think of serving local food and wine, to reduce your carbon footprint, or products such as organic coffee and rainforest nuts that help protect distant environments.
Donate old toys
Instead of throwing away old toys, take the time to donate them to a local charity that can use them.
Do something you love
Think of something you love to do -- whether it's baking, singing carols, drinking mulled cider, or walking at night in the wintry air -- and make time to do it.
Shred your Christmas tree
Finally, when the holidays are over, look into tree-shredding programs in your town that can turn your holiday decorations into valuable mulch.