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Celebrations Are Going Green

When I was growing up I remember celebrating special occasions and holidays much differently than I do with my own family now.

Birthdays were spent at home sharing your favorite home cooked meal and birthday cake with loved ones. We didn’t use disposable dinnerware and at times we used the newspaper funnies to wrap the presents.

When the holiday season started rolling around…we made our own Halloween costumes and some of the decorations, then used pillow cases to stash our candy. Thanksgiving was filled with the wonderful scents of made-from-scratch dishes and desserts. Again using no disposable dinnerware…I remember this well because my sister and I were usually the ones that were granted membership to the “clean up crew”. Christmas was my favorite, not just because of the gifts, but because we usually made ornaments or some kind of decoration.

So what does any of this have to do with Green Celebrations? I look back on those days and although I know we didn’t employ “green” tactics consciously, it was the way of life back then.

Nowadays, our family celebrations are far from being green. Oh, we reuse gift bags, tissue paper and decorations, but that’s about the extent of it. So how do you go about making these celebrations more earth-friendly and less costly?

You pick up a copy of Cory Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell’s newly released book, Celebrate Green. Based on Corey’s original concept of making Halloween healthier and earth-friendly, the mother-daughter team branched out to encompass all major celebrations through this enlightening book.

Celebrate Green
Copyright 2008 Holli Dunn

With over 200 pages, Celebrate Green is jam-packed with fun, quick, easy ideas for just about any occasion. It begins with the basics of Green Holidays and takes you through celebrations in spring, summer, autumn, summer and winter, plus year round celebrations like baby showers, graduations, weddings, birthdays and more.

For instance, did you know that you can dye Easter eggs naturally? Or instead of handing out candy on Halloween, maybe give stickers or homemade bean bags? I’m dying to try the apple pie recipe for Thanksgiving and for Christmas using LED lights can save energy, they last longer and are much safer.

There is even a “Green Anniversary Gift Guide” and a section on Birthdays that Give Back which helps children take the focus off materialism, plus many other tips that help save money and the earth.

Celebrate Green can be purchased at www.CelebrateGreen.NET or on Amazon.

Are your celebrations going green this year?

Julie Sig

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