'Tis the season of overconsumption and all its consequences — intended and unintended.
Here's a "best of" my holiday blogs to help get you through:
Tip 2: Ask for "presence" instead of "presents" from friends and family. Giving the gift of time is precious. AND it's something you never get back (or have to dust, recycle or regift next year).
Tip 3: Follow regifting etiquette 101.
Tip 4: Need a teacher gift idea? Make organic, fair trade shea butter lip balm with ingredients safe enough to eat!
Tip 5: Who needs gift wrap? Forego paper, scissors and tape! If you can tie a knot, you can wrap using furoshiki.
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Tip 7: Shop for ethical fashion. Low prices on clothing and accessories can mean suspect labour practices and lower quality.
Tip 8: Stuff stockings with perennial plant seeds! Did you know asparagus can live for 40 years?
Tip 9: Why do you give? To show appreciation, connect and acknowledge people? Or to ease guilt? Be happy, even during the holidays.
Tip 10: "Green" family tradition. Choose organic wine, fair trade chocolates, even fair trade gifts. Make it a zero waste affair! Decorate with nature (compostable holly or spruce and cedar bows) and use cloth napkins.
Tip 11: Get outside. Join the local, annual Christmas Bird Count or watch ice for science!
Tip 12: Don't buy new tree decorations or flimsy stuff from dollar stores. Choose reusable, fair trade decorations from natural materials. Or shop at thrift or antique stores!
What will you do to not only survive but enjoy the holiday season?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green