The holidays are a time that can warrant excess. A time when people buy for the sake of buying, new and now and abundance are everywhere we look.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make this time your own and celebrate in a way that creates joy for you and your family.
For me? This means finding a tree from a local seller. One that has already been cut, and is supporting a local family or business. For our wreath, the same.
All of our lights, ornaments, tree stand and decor were found second hand. Keeping them out of the landfill and putting money in the pocket of organizations that are doing good in the world. Each year, we save our candy canes to rehang on our tree.
No need to be perfect, we have the odd ornament or two from Target, our second-hand items came in plastic bags- just do your best. We don’t need a few people doing this perfectly, we need a majority of us doing it imperfectly.
The rest of our decorations are compostable, plants with cinnamon sticks, clementines in a bowl, Christmas candles made from soy in jars we can reuse – there are so many ways to celebrate simply and with less waste. Look at this as an opportunity to be creative, not as a burden to bear.
I think that most people are aching for a simpler holiday season. Time to focus on what really matters, not excess, surplus, waste, and stuff.
Be the person that starts. And let your actions speak, instead of telling others how to be or what to do, share what you do and maybe, just maybe, it will inspire them to make a change too.