Buy a potted Norfolk Pine tree, that will survive indoors year-round and serve as your Christmas tree for many years to come.
Switch all your holiday lights to LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights. LEDs come in the same colours as standard lights but use a fraction of the wattage.
Decorate your tree and home with edible decorations like popcorn strings or cranberry wreaths. Make your holiday decorations out of pinecones or evergreen boughs from your own backyard.
Instead of buying expensive gifts you're unsure about, give a gift certificate for a dinner out or theatre tickets. Or make your own vouchers, good for a tasty homemade meal in the future or a night of free babysitting.
Keep the kids on your list active with a gift of sporting equipment or a voucher for an outdoor activity.
For the person who has everything, donate to your favourite charity on their behalf, then send an electronic greeting card (or one printed on recycled paper) with details about the gift.
Use reusable cloth gift bags instead of the paper ones, or skip bags altogether by grabbing some vintage cookie tins at your local second-hand store to use instead.
Instead of buying rolls of unrecyclable gift wrap, use old newspapers topped with a colourful ribbon or bow. Or add a personal touch to Nan and Pop's gift by wrapping it in your kids finger paintings. Cut up and reuse old Christmas cards as gift tags, and keep any wrap or bows you receive to reuse next year.
"Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind".
- Mary Ellen Chase