“I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become… but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress.”~May Sarton

This year, as you prepare for Christmas, don’t get caught up in the commercialism and hustle bustle mentality.  Instead, be of the mindset to make each task enjoyable.  For me that means: cutting down my tree at a local Christmas tree farm and supporting local farmers, buying my wreath from a local farm stand, decorating a little less but with more living greens I pick in my yard, avoiding the mall and shopping on line or at local boutiques, giving fewer “things”, saving paper by wrapping gifts in holiday dish towels, colorful scarves or newsprint, serving easy and nutritious meals and keeping it simple!

Check out “Greening Your Holidays” for ideas:


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by nancy yardley on December 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    What great ideas– sometimes the implementaion is not that easy— Like the way you do things so I am trying to be more like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • What a sweet comment! Thank you. Don’t sweat the implementation – start with one step. What are some of the things you do to enjoy the season without stress?


  2. Posted by amy on December 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    yes, sadly we’ve lost the true idea of christmas. i love going to the giving tree at my church and choosing a needy person to give to.
    that is a nice quote.


  3. All wonderful ideas. I really like the dishtowel idea. I wrote a blog in a similar vein, also suggesting making a donation to a friends favorite charity in lieu of a gift, or trading in the company tradition of gift-exchanges, “adopting” a food bank or children’s shelter instead

    Thanks for the inspiration, Betsy!


  4. Wonderful suggestions! Thanks for commenting. Keep those ideas coming! Together we will make a difference.


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