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Deck the Halls the Eco-Friendly Way: Sustainable Christmas Decorating Ideas

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The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. It's also a time when many people embrace the tradition of decorating their homes to create a warm and festive atmosphere. While traditional decorations can be delightful, they often come at the cost of the environment. This year, why not make a change? Embrace the spirit of sustainability with eco-friendly Christmas decorating ideas that will not only make your home look fantastic but also reduce your ecological footprint.
**1. Natural Wreaths and Garlands:**
One of the most beautiful and eco-friendly ways to decorate for Christmas is by incorporating natural elements. Create wreaths and garlands using fresh greenery, pinecones, and twigs gathered from your yard or a local forest. These decorations not only look stunning but also fill your home with the invigorating scent of the outdoors.
**2. Energy-Efficient LED Lights:**
When it comes to lighting up your holiday display, opt for energy-efficient LED lights. LED lights consume significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, reducing your electricity bill and environmental impact. You can also put your lights on timers to save even more energy.

**3. Upcycled Ornaments:**
Instead of buying new ornaments every year, consider upcycling. Transform old or unused items like buttons, wine corks, or even newspaper into unique and charming ornaments. This creative approach not only reduces waste but also adds a personal touch to your tree.
**4. Repurpose and Reuse:**
Before rushing to buy new decorations, explore what you already have. Can you refresh your existing decorations with a coat of eco-friendly paint, ribbons, or fabric? Repurposing your decorations is not only sustainable but also a fun DIY project.
**5. Edible Decorations:**
Why not combine decoration with a delicious treat? Hang edible ornaments like popcorn strings, gingerbread cookies, or dried fruit slices on your tree. When the season ends, you can enjoy these treats or feed them to the birds.
**6. Potted Christmas Trees:**
If you prefer a real Christmas tree, opt for a potted one. After the holidays, you can plant it in your garden, or keep it in the pot for next year. This way, you reduce the environmental impact associated with cut trees.
**7. Handmade Fabric Advent Calendar:**
Create a reusable fabric advent calendar that you can fill with small, meaningful gifts or acts of kindness. It's a sustainable alternative to disposable, single-use advent calendars. We've found this amazing DIY --> https://www.lovelyetc.com/how-to-make-an-inexpensive-reusable-advent-calendar/
**8. Natural Candles:**
Choose candles made from natural materials like soy, beeswax, or palm. These candles burn cleanly and are a safer and more sustainable choice compared to paraffin candles. Some of our favorites are from Sweet Water Decor with all the best holiday scents. Check them out here --> 
**9. Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping:**
Incorporate eco-friendly gift wrapping into your decor by using recycled paper, fabric, or reusable gift bags. Consider adding a sprig of holly, a small pinecone, or a ribbon made from jute for a festive touch. 
**10. Energy-Efficient Decorations:**
If you love inflatables and other outdoor decorations, opt for solar-powered or energy-efficient alternatives. These reduce electricity consumption and can be powered by renewable energy.
**11. Reusable Tableware:**
For your holiday feasts, choose reusable tableware, such as cloth napkins, real dishes, and utensils. If you must use disposables, look for biodegradable or compostable options.
**12. Homemade Potpourri:**
Fill your home with the scent of the season using homemade potpourri. Simply simmer ingredients like orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in a pot of water on the stove.
Christmas Potpourri
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 Apple
  • 2-3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
  • 3-4 Small Pine Tree Branches
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Cut the lemon, grapefruit, and apple into slices.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan, add all the ingredients. Fill the pot with water.
  3. Place on burner and bring to a slow boil. Once it gets to a boil then turn it down to low and let it simmer. Make sure to check it every few hours and add more water when needed. Turn off the burner when all done.
  4.  It should keep and continue to smell for 3-4 days depending on what ingredients you use. Just make sure to add more water each time you turn it on.
  5. Enjoy this amazing aroma of the Holidays!

 

**13. Sustainable Centerpieces:**
Create eco-friendly centerpieces using elements from nature, compostable items, and pieces that you already have on hand. We love utilizing these large dough bowls because the inside can easily be interchanged for the holiday. Click here to shop dough bowls --> https://lemonandlavendermadison.com/products/classic-dough-bowl?_pos=3&_sid=099453d0b&_ss=r
**14. Give the Gift of Experiences:**
Consider a shift from physical gifts to experiences. Offer your loved ones the gift of a shared activity or a memorable event instead of material possessions. It's a sustainable and thoughtful way to celebrate the season.
**15. Minimalist Decorating:**
Less can be more. Embrace a minimalist decorating style, using a few carefully chosen items to make a big impact. This not only reduces waste but also allows each decoration to shine.
By adopting these eco-friendly Christmas decorating ideas, you can make your holiday season more sustainable and meaningful. It's a way to celebrate the spirit of togetherness and giving, not just during the holidays but all year round. So, deck the halls with joy and sustainability this Christmas!