It would be difficult to make it from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day without spending extra money, consuming extra resources and using more energy than usual.
You probably have read several articles about "how to be greener this holiday season." (I've written a few myself.)
I'm an advocate of doing your best and trying to be greener every day when possible, but I'm not a fan of using green guilt on those who don't get it right every day.
So give yourself some credit this holiday season for what you already are doing right.
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I bet you are doing some, or maybe all, of these green things.
1. Recycling. All those extra wine, beer and soft drink bottles are going into the recycling bin, right? Those boxes that come in the mail for gifts you've ordered are getting recycled or reused too, right? See, you're already doing some good.
2. Using the good plates. When you use Grandma's china instead of buying disposable plates for your festivities, you are saving trees and creating less waste.
3. Reusing gift bags from last year's Christmas gifts. Most people fold up the gift bags they receive and reuse them when they give a gift. (Even if you do it just to save money, it's still green.)
4. Eating your leftovers. Did you make turkey potpie or soup from your leftover Thanksgiving turkey? You probably will do something similar with Christmas leftovers too. Look at that! You are helping curb food waste.
5. Borrowing holiday entertainment. If you Netflixed National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation or borrowed It's a Wonderful Life from your sister to watch while you decorated the house, give yourself a some green credit.
6. Sending e-vites. You send invitations for your holiday party with a touch of the mouse, your friends and family get to reply in an easy manner. And a few trees will sing a round of We Wish You a Merry Christmas in your honor.
7. Buying a real Christmas tree. A couple of years ago, I did some research and found that real Christmas trees are good for the environment. So if you're buying a real tree, give yourself a brownie point. Give yourself two brownie points if your tree gets recycled.
* Robin Shreeves blogs about eco-friendly food options at www.mnn.com/featured-blogs/sustainablefood.