It started out as a fun thing - mostly because there was a time when you could not purchase non-tacky christmas paper. I know it's hard now, but back then it was IMPOSSIBLE.
Anyway, Christmas wrapping just became a fun thing to do and I spent more time and energy on wrapping my gifts than I did on purchasing them.
There are some really great ways to decorate without wasting, and here are a few great ones for my one and only Christmas blog post - that's right. Unless Im knocked over by something so blindingly gorgeously christmas related, this is IT.
I support buying a real tree - the plastic ones are gross and tacky, and if you are going to kid yourself into believing that they are green by virtue of the fact that they can be re-used, you better plan on hauling that nasty thing out every Christmas for the next twenty years to meet any real eco-target.
Real trees support local farmers, create jobs, and are fun. Why mess with that ?
It's true pesticides and crap are used when growing them, but you can get organic ones from Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, or the Brick Works - Im sure more and more will be popping up around the city.
Oh, and what happens to them when the silly season finally ends ? they are turned into mulch and the city of Toronto uses them in our parks. so there. just dont use that nasty plastic tinsel crap because a)it's vulgar and b) it cant be mulched, c) it's vulgar, d) ummmm it's vulgar.
Oh the ideas are endless !!! paper paper its everywhere, use your imagination and re-use the stuff !
I have attached some pictures of this years favourite ideas using newspaper.... the blue blobs are engineered by ironing a couple of sheets of newspaper with some crayon ends in between - genius.
As for the tree decorating - I make cookies and decorate them with silver balls and white icing. They are totally edible so I know my tree is ready for the curb by Jan 1. I also use some ribbons tied into bows, teeny tiny LEDs, and some smashed up old cds... this year Im going to make a bunch of paper snow flakes too.