I love almost everything there is about Christmas-- except for the incredible amount of waste and energy used to celebrate it. And as we all know, Christmas celebration isn't just one day-- it's more like a month.
There is a lot of waste at Christmas time in terms or food and garbage. This year, I am using all biodegradable wrapping paper to wrap my husband and children's gifts. I've always been huge on recycling, but a lot of times at Christmas, because of all the cardboard boxes used for packaging, the recycling gets overfilled and we end up breaking down the boxes and putting them in the trash. I plan to use less boxes, or take the gifts out of their packaging and start recycling weeks before the big day. Along with the biodegradable wrapping paper, I will be putting all unused food (that isn't donated to homeless shelters), in my compost.
I've always been a fan of overkilling with Christmas lights, but I know how much energy I'm using for pure aesthetic purposes. I'm using new energy saving CFL Christmas lights that are hooked up to my home windmill that is securely fastened on my roof with my solar panels.