Christmas is a season that brings families together. The joy and festivity of the season brings out traditions that warm the heart and soul. Fortunately, they don’t have to be at the expense of natural living.
Transforming the holiday is easy to do while maintaining natural living traditions with just a few modifications to old habits.
Everyone loves looking at Christmas lights, but the amount of electricity used to keep the lights on runs about $115 on average. A single strand of 100-bulb incandescent lights uses 40 watts of energy on its own. The average house uses 10 of these strings of lights, adding up to 400 watts of energy. It’s enough to make anyone want to turn off the lights and forget this tradition of the holiday season.
But we don’t have to. LED lights are much more efficient than incandescent lights. They use 4.8 watts on a string with 70 bulbs. The electric bill on a house using LED lights instead of incandescent runs $15 on average; a significant savings.
And yet, we still don’t have to stop there. Some stores such as PartyLights.com now sell solar powered lights as well. These eco-friendly lights run completely on solar power, allowing homeowners to unplug and live more naturally without sacrificing tradition.
If putting up lights isn’t appealing, there are a number of great places in the Chicago area that put on great holiday lights for the season.
Like lights, cookies are a big part of the tradition of the holiday season. The average sugar cookie contains 130 calories, 5g of fat, and 19g of carbohydrates (including sugars). How many do you really eat at once? If you are anything like me, two or three with a glass of milk is a great treat; a treat that costs almost 1/4 of a healthy 2000 calorie diet.
Making cookies for the holiday doesn’t have to be unhealthy. There are a number of great recipes online for low calorie, low carb, low sugar, or grain free to use as a naturally healthy alternative.
Think Green Gifts
More and more people are trying to find ways to live natural, green lives. There are a few tips to keep Christmas green and keep traditions alive:
- Make gifts for each other out of recycled materials. Clean out some of the recyclables and have family activity where the materials are all that are used to make the gifts.
- Buy from local shops. There are a number of great local shops in the Chicago area that have products created from green materials. This can even be a family event: Shop local day. A great idea to promote; a great tradition to start.
- Make your own Christmas cards out of recycled materials. These are great ways to make Christmas personal to those who aren’t around. What creative ideas can you come up with?
The holiday season is full of traditions that are not conducive to natural living, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to adapt.
Do you have some creative ways to make your Christmas more green?