The Creation Care Team offers the following ideas for an ecologically green Christmas that is kind to God’s creation.
1. Shop locally to avoid the extra carbon footprint associated with the time products spend on trucks and planes. For out of town gift recipients, shopping online and having gifts shipped directly to recipients may be the better option.
2. Utilize reusable gift bags or re-usable fabric gift wrap and reuse last year’s Christmas cards to make gift tags. Let your children decorate brown paper shopping bags with their art work or hand prints and use them as wrapping paper. The comics section of the Sunday paper also makes good gift wrap.
3. Choose gifts that have minimal packaging.
4. Minimize the number of hours that holiday lights are left on. Consider use of LED Christmas tree lights which are very low power consumers and very long-lasting.
5. Purchase sustainable gifts like fair trade coffee or handicrafts, animals from The Heifer Project, gifts from the ELCA Good Gifts catalog or from Lutheran World Relief.
6. Shop from your favorite charity. Your purchase not only provides a gift, but also uses part of the purchase price toward support of the charitable cause.
7. Give the gift of your time or talent: Free babysitting with one of the Graco FastAction-Fold-Click-Connect stroller for each baby, special baked goods, jams, relish or yummy casseroles, or a holiday dinner at your home.
8. Other gift suggestions are movie tickets, cooking classes or something special for a collector from the antique mall.