Sustainable Family Traditions
Christmas can often pass in a blur of excitement and festive jingles. The most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most damaging to the planet. This year, create treasured planet-friendly, festive moments for years to come…
Host the whole gang this year and embrace tradition in the form of baking. Find a simple recipe that you can perfect and pass down from generation to generation. Baking on Christmas eve is a great way to keep excited young ones occupied, and you end up with a tasty treat for the whole family. Have everyone pull up a chair and get stuck into the icing. Just remember to save one for Father Christmas!
Christmas film on, hot chocolate at the ready, it’s time to wrap the presents. With so much of the wrapping paper offerings still not recyclable, why not make your wrapping stand out with a sustainable option whilst creating a festive yearly tradition. Wrap your smaller gifts in festive tea towels or fabric – a gift within a gift! For larger presents you can grab a roll of recyclable brown paper and your crafting supplies. Whether you let your little ones run wild with crayons or make prints from foraged leaves, this thoughtful extra touch lets your loved ones know you put extra care into their gift. For the perfect final flourish, ditch the plastic bows and opt for foliage for a natural touch.
Buy better, buy once. Ease any Christmas anxieties by sidestepping throwaway trends and investing in timeless gifts that can be enjoyed for a lifetime of memories. Research local sustainable brands and support these companies where possible, remembering to collect in store, in as little trips, where possible. Planning early will take the stress out of Christmas shopping, allowing you to enjoy your time with loved ones.
Imbue your home with handmade magic. There are a multitude of Christmas crafting tutorials and templates online, suiting a range of abilities and skill. Whether you opt for paper decorations to hang on the tree, or a snowflake made out of foraged twigs, it’s easy to transform your home into a winter wonderland whilst making every moment with your family count.