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Go Green This Christmas

By: Lauren Raymer
By: Lauren Raymer
Christmas lights were said to be on of the many modern Christmas pagan customs.

Christmas lights were said to be on of the many modern Christmas pagan customs.

Many people are already starting to put up decorations for the holiday season, but this year, how about going a little green and saving some green in your wallets as well?

Let's talk about some green holiday tips.

When choosing colors and the type of lights for your tree or home, go for the LED, led Christmas lights that is.

These lights use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights and can save your family up to 50 dollars on your bills during the holiday season!

The famous ball that will drop in Times Square New Years Eve will be composed this year of all LED lights.

Second, opting for a real tree over a fake one is a smart eco-friendly choice.

Artificial trees consume petroleum while being manufactured and transported.

The majority of real trees come from tree farms and are healthier for the environment.

Plus, it's the season for making memories.

After the holiday, recycle your tree by turning it into wood chips or mulch as a real tree, verses a fake on, is biodegradable.

Finally, skip the expensive wrapping paper and choose newspaper or your child's colorful artwork to wrap your presents.

The average household generates 30 -60 pounds of trash a week and that usually goes up by 10 pounds a week during the holidays.

And why not try homemade ornaments over new plastic ones, the recipe is listed below.

Clay Ornament Recipe

6 cups flour

3 cups salt

3 cups water (add instant coffee powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, food dye for color and smell if desired)

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Once well incorporated, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead dough for 5-10 minutes (until it has a nice play doughy like consistency). Roll out dough and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Remember to poke a hole into each ornament for hanging. The hole will shrink aments should appear dry). Allow to cool for several minutes on pan before removing to a cooling rack. Allow to dry completely before during baking so make it larger than needed. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 90 minutes Ornaments last longest if coated with a clear acrylic polish. Let the kids have a blast adding sparkles, paint, buttons, twigs, pebbles, photographs, etc.. to finish the ornaments. Once the decoration is dry, thread some hemp twine through the hole and they are ready to gift.


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