My journey towards Zero Waste started earlier in 2015 so once December had rolled around I had already created some good habits and a minimal waste mindset around what I wanted to accomplish for Christmas. Some initial plans rolling into the holiday season were to make our own christmas tree, focus less on buying things we didn’t need, to enjoy time with friends & family, and to take some time off from work.
Last year we decided that we no longer wanted to cut down a tree. Since we are big crafters making our own tree made a ton a sense and got everyone really excited. This year’s tree was made from upcycled fence posts left over from a project this summer and other items we had around the house.
This year we also focused on fewer gifts. In total we got our 7 year old; a used dictionary (something he requested), an atlas (because he wants to travel the world), a stop motion animation toy so he can create movies, and last but not least a family trip to Hawaii (we found a great deal on flights). Focusing on experiences has been more meaningful to us.
Other Accomplishments included:
- I took sometime off from work and the world didn’t end.
- I was able to spend quality time with friends and family without feeling like I needed to attend every event that I was invited to.
- Decorating the house took about an hour and putting everything away after Christmas was a breeze.
- We didn’t purchase a single holiday candy, cookie, decoration, card, or wrapping supplies which saved us money and time.
- We didn’t have overflowing garbage and recycling cans.
All and all I am really happy with how the entire month played out. I think it was the first time EVER I wasn’t stressed out about the holidays.