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Getting into the Christmas mood doesn’t have to mean producing more waste. When it comes to the environment, you might be on Santa’s nice list this season. Here are some environmentally friendly ways to decorate your halls:

1. Consider renting a Christmas tree.

Yes, you can have a real Christmas tree while still being environmentally conscious. Many Christmas tree farms now allow you to rent a tree for the holiday season. You can rent one and strategically place it near an inviting three-seater sofa. The best part? When the season is through, you can have your tree hauled up and replanted so it can continue to thrive.

2. Send plantable holiday cards.

When you give plantable cards to friends and family this holiday season, your Christmas greetings will last much longer. There are some lovely cards with seeds included in the design. All your recipients need to do is plant the card in the earth, water it, and wait for a harvest or a lovely bouquet to appear.

3. Use a reusable Advent calendar to keep track of the days.

Instead of a paper calendar this year, go for a reusable advent calendar that you may use for many years. You can either buy one or make your own out of wood. Fill a box with individually wrapped candy that you may eat one by one until Christmas.

4. Give old Christmas ornaments a new life.

Instead of buying new Christmas ornaments, if you’re weary of hanging the same ones on your tree year after year, consider redesigning your old ones. Take some silver or gold spray paint (or any color you desire) and give it a coat or two to give this year’s tree a whole new look.

5. Reusable Christmas crackers can bring back laughter.

Your holiday celebrations may begin with a boom when you utilize disposable Christmas crackers but conclude with a flop. Make your own this year from festive fabric and fill it with whatever snacks you desire. You can preserve them till next year after the party is over.

6. Make a wreath for the holidays.

Without a wreath on your door, it’s not Christmas. You can make your own out of stuff you already have at home or in your yard this season. Something that is both good for the environment and good for your decor:

Make new Christmas decorations out of old t-shirts and sweaters. First, separate the shirts by color by cutting them into strips. Next, tie the strips into bows and lay them on a wreath form until the entire form is covered. For another one-of-a-kind holiday decoration, use a foam wreath form and wrap and glue the strips around the shape.

Make a wreath out of fresh herbs to save money. Choose leafy herbs like sage that will dry to a lovely scent and appearance. Gather a number of them and put them on a foam wreath form, securing them with floral pins.

Upcycle plastic bags and water bottles into Christmas wreaths to keep them out of the landfill. Look for one of the many internet tutorials that will show you how to make a wreath with a wreath form, scissors, and a hot glue gun.

7. Make gift bags that will last a long time.

Do you have large gifts that are difficult to wrap? Make your reusable gift bags this year and think beyond the present box. Look for a linen sale at your local department store and fill up on some affordable pillowcases. Pick exciting colors and designs that might not be your style for actual bedding but are lovely for a fun gift bag. Place the gift in the bag, cinch it at the top, and tie it up with a ribbon or colorful twine.

8. Choose your wrapping paper carefully.

To impress friends and family, you might be tempted to wrap your gifts in glittering or shiny paper, but the most lovely paper most likely isn’t recyclable. So this year, check the labels carefully and choose gift paper that is recyclable or manufactured from recycled materials. Do you have any leftover paper from the previous year? To see if it’s recyclable, crumple up a little piece and roll it into a ball.

It’s recyclable if it stays that way. If not, it contains too many additives and is therefore destined for the dump. Even better, you may produce your own eco-friendly wrapping paper from old newspapers or magazine pages. For example, you can use colorful fashion magazine covers to wrap little gifts distinctively.

9. Make use of wrapping paper scraps.

When it comes to wrapping paper, here’s a clever method to make sure you use every last scrap: make bows out of the leftover shreds. You’ll not only save money on trimmings, but you’ll also help the environment by keeping them out of landfills. Of course, if you don’t want to use bows, you may still utilize the scraps to make DIY gift tags.

10. Glitter that makes you happy.

Plant-based glitter is a great way to add a little bling to your Christmas decor. Sure, you’ll have glitter all over the place as you get ready for the holidays, but you can rest assured that it will biodegrade.

11. Allow Mother Nature to be your decorator.

When it comes to decorating your home this season, take some cues from Mother Nature.

Collect some branches, spray paint them white, silver, gold, or any color you like for a wintry bouquet, and then arrange them in a vase. For a rustic centerpiece, choose a clear jar and fill it with pinecones. You can also put fragrant evergreen boughs on your mantle or window sill.

12. LEDs Brighten the Night

One of the most recognized symbols of the season is a beautifully illuminated Christmas tree, but it consumes a lot of energy. Instead of using incandescent lights, consider using LED lights. They not only last up to 25 times longer, but they also save at least 75% energy. Also, switch your exterior lighting to solar while you’re at it. You’ll save energy and money on your electric bill as the sun takes care of making your home sparkle at night.

You can feel even better about celebrating the holiday knowing that you’re helping to safeguard the environment if you follow any of these suggestions.