As of 2013, the Natural Living Group is no longer holding meetings.
Please still see ideas below for making the holidays less wasteful and Who We Are page of natural/holistic living resource links!
Share your most creative ideas to make the holiday season less wasteful!
For a FANTASTIC downloadable publication, Simplify the Holidays, visit www.newdream.org and look for their publications section. It has TONS of information for making your celebrations less expensive, less wasteful, and more meaningful!
Please email me your ideas by using the Contact Us page, and again I will post all your positive responses on our webpage! I really believe we have the power to make little changes that add up to a lot, and it can be a fun process along the way!
"I plan to use holiday-themed fabric I picked-up on clearance last January to wrap my gifts. I do not plan on buying wrapping paper ever again." - Tricia Runningen
"This year rather than buying gifts I chose to give a half pig to my daughters and their family. Now every time they take some out of the freezer they can think of me. They did have to pay for the processing but I feel fortunate that I live where I do and can do this for my family. I love Tricia’s idea on the fabric too so after Christmas I will go to the fabric shop and get some on sale for next year." - Diane Pratt
"I have a friend who sews large bags and then sews the name of each child onto the bag. Then on Christmas Eve the kids put out their sacs and Santa leaves them presents. She hasn't wrapped a Christmas gift in years! Not only is this an environmental way to enjoy the holidays but just think of all those wasted hours spent wrapping. We are always up until 2 or 3 in the morning wrapping and then the kids wake up super early so there is little to no sleep for us which can make Christmas a very long day. This method is SO MUCH BETTER!" - Tiffany Prow
Hello Tricia To add to your idea of using the holiday fabric...after the fabric is neatly removed from the package, they can be made into holiday napkins with the serger. Or, they can then be made into the outer parts of those really cool cloth diapers!! You can also use the local newspapers as wrapping papers and then after the unwrappings you can use the newspapers for making padding for a seat pad for when we go to a football game (cover it with the holiday fabric), shredded for the compost bin or lay in the path in the garden, shredded for vermi-composting, molded into cups for your spring plantings with seeds, or dip in left over wax candles to make fire starters for the fireplace. - Pattie
Our family burns primarily wood to heat our home. So, this year as usual we will be burning our Christmas wrapping paper for fire starter, and will take donations from family get togethers...also, as presents to the mailman, garbage man and others our little gift to them this year is canned jam - instead of all the sweets! I have a good jam recipe that uses just honey if anyone would like it!
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