I did this round-up last year, and I was feeling that perhaps I didn’t do as well this year (mostly because I was too late to order the Christmas Loo Paper from Who Gives a Crap L), but actually, I do think we did quite well.Here is our Green Christmas List:
· Real Christmas Tree again – purchased from the local Lion’s Club fundraiser of course, and will be composted.
· Used cuttings of native shrubs from our block in our Christmas decorating
· Re-used our perpetual “With love from your family” gift tags (will need to make another one, Pepper ate mine!)
· Gifts wrapped in newspaper and prettied up with recycled ribbons
· Recycled gift bags used – and packed away for next time
· Recycled (= second-hand) gifts under the tree included my new camera, an electronic toy for our boy, a make-your-own plush toy for the youngest
· Gave stainless steel lunch boxes as gifts to the children and each other; and stainless steel thermoses to the children
· The vast majority of purchases were from local shops, and the two online ones, from ethical stores (Biome and Dachshund Rescue Australia)
· Carried on our family tradition of choosing library books for each other instead of purchasing – we did very well I have to say, the kids have all been reading for days.
· No Christmas crackers at meals – the food was what we were there for!
· The candles and holders on our table were from the op shop, as were the 5 mini Christmas trees I added to the decorating.
· I made Christmas stockings for us all this year, using only recycled fabric.
· Santa again wrapped the family gift (a ‘spider web’ swing) in a blanket – he’s one clever dude that man!