Well, Christmas is over for another year and I hope it was a good one for you and your families.
One of my goals was to reduce our overall environmental impact from the festivities so it is probably time to review what I did and whether it made a difference.
Cards – I only sent 11 Christmas cards by post this year. This is a significant reduction over the years. There was a time when I posted between 50 and 60 cards each year. I sent ecards and emails with our family newsletter. These are generally well-received, save time and money for me, reduce clutter for the recipient. I will continue to do this.
Gift-wrapping – this year I made fabric gift bags to use which seems to have been successful in making a significant reduction in the amount of wrapping paper which ended up in the recycling bin. There was still some from gifts we received but that may change in time, who knows? Perhaps I will make some for Belle to use next year as well.
Gifts – I made a few hand-made gifts and also a couple of experience gifts and some Oxfam Unwrapped gifts which seemed to please the recipients. I need to plan my handmade items a bit further in advance next year. I received a couple of practical and requested gifts so I was very happy. A bathmat, colander, air mattress, gluten-free sauce and dressing and a Kathmandu voucher as well as a promise of dinner when we are next in Melbourne. We do not want to be overwhelmed by ‘stuff’ and my family understand that. Yay!!
Food – we made a conscious effort not to over-cater and were mostly successful. I have fruit cake leftover as well as a little smoked salmon and some cold, grilled chicken. All of this will be stored appropriately and used to avoid any waste. We had a special meal with close family but did not over-indulge. Next year I would like to try to be more organised with my garden and be able to use more home-grown produce.
I am pretty happy with our achievements and will continue to work on improving each year.
I would love to hear about your celebrations – what worked and what didn’t?