It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

I’m seeing it everywhere, Christmas is on its way. The sad part though is that this ‘look’ of Christmas is not about decorations or food or spirit, it’s about consumerism and overconsumption and…. well, greed. This is Baby E’s first Christmas and I’m very conscious of the fact that it’s easy to go overboard as a parent, especially when toy stores make you think you’ve got to buy your kid a big bunch of stuff. But you don’t! My family is very aware of how my partner and I feel about Christmas and consumerism so they’re being very careful with buying presents for Baby E (I couldn’t stop them altogether, as apparently its a grandparent’s right to spoil a baby!). At one point I considered asking them to give him a wrapped empty box, as he’s more interested in wrapping paper and boxes than he is presents right now!

But, that aside, right now I’m focusing on our Christmas tree. My Mum really needed a Christmas tree so I’ve given her ours along with all the decorations to save her buying a new one. This means I now have a nice clean slate to work with – and now I need a tree!

I’ve been thinking about it for a while and I think I’ve come up with the perfect solution. It’s still in the design stages at the moment, but I aim to have it complete by December 1st.

If you’re interested in being sustainable this Christmas you should check out my Christmas inspiration board on Pinterest. If you don’t know what Pinterest is, prepare to be amazed. It’s an amazing way to store ideas and images. You can follow me here.

I’ll also be reminding you of past Christmas blog posts as we get closer to Christmas. Tis the season to be eco! Fa la la la laaaa la la la laaaa!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina Hill says:

    I totally agree Kat – sadly the ‘spirit’ of Christmas has been over run by consumerism and almost totally forgotten, but not in my family. Instead of buying each other presents, we’re donating the equivalent money to charity (Beyond Blue in our case). This way, we give hope to so many other people, we dont get a bunch of stuff we don’t need and we help save the planet. A perfect Christmas in my opinion!
    Cx

    1. Kat says:

      Sounds like an awesome idea Christina! We do a Secret Santa to please the gift crazy members of the family, but raising money for a charity is such a good idea. We might have to do that too!

  2. Peita says:

    Instead of buying all your gifts new, choose vintage or pre-loved items from markets, op shops, garage sales or online sites like eBay or maybe try http://www.ethikl.com.au for eco, upcycled and fairtrade gifts made by artisans. Check out local markets for handmade finds or make your own – all that time and effort speaks volumes about how much you care. Think jams, biscuits, jewellery, calendars, or even a painting if you’re good at art. Go abstract if you’re not!

  3. ethikl says:

    Instead of buying all your gifts new, choose vintage or pre-loved items from markets, op shops, garage sales or online sites like eBay or maybe try http://www.ethikl.com.au for eco, upcycled and fairtrade gifts made by artisans. Check out local markets for handmade finds or make your own – all that time and effort speaks volumes about how much you care. Think jams, biscuits, jewellery, calendars, or even a painting if you’re good at art. Go abstract if you’re not!

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