Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Mindful Metropolis / December 2010

The holidays have become, in many ways, a reflection of some of our worst habits: conspicuous consumption and glaring materialism. Start fresh this December and keep the true spirit of the holidays as well as our environment in mind by following these ten tips for a more mindful Christmas. May your holidays be merry, bright, simple and green!

1. Decorate with minimalism in mind. Avoid turning your home into a cluttered red and green tchotke vortex by keeping decor simple and tasteful. Choose natural materials over manmade – holly, ivy, pine cones – and recycled/reused over new. Switch to LED Christmas lights or forgo Christmas lights altogether and bask in the light of homemade candles on the dining room table and a fire in the fireplace.

2. Celebrate the beauty of nature. For an unforgettable evening, don your winter gear and head outdoors to make snow angels under the stars. Enjoy a winter hike through a forest covered in a blanket of white snow. Grab a thermos of hot cocoa and set off snowshoeing. Winter is a wonderful time to rejoice in the beauty of nature. “We also make sure that the animals get gifts this time of the year!” shares Oak Park based writer Marla Rose, “We make peanut butter-spread pine cones - roll ‘em in birdseed or sunflower seeds, too! - and hang them from the trees.”

Check out the rest of my article, which appears in the December 2010 print edition of Mindful Metropolis magazine by clicking HERE.

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