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A merry and modern Christmas

Environmentalism, digital world give traditions a tweak

Christmas is steeped in tradition, but that doesn’t mean the merry season can’t feel modern.
With the digital revolution, green sensibilities and ever-evolving styles of the 21st century, traditions take on a new vibe.
“We live in a different world,” says Gerald Smith, professor of religion and environmental studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. “We can sing ‘Over the river and through the woods’ all we want, but most of us live in a digital world; high-tech things are a part of our life, and what we are doing is pulling Christmas traditions in that direction.

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Green Tips: Green Bedding For an Unusual Holiday Gift

Need an unusual and green holiday gift idea? Consider giving organic or natural fiber sheets and blankets.

Introduce your family and friends to a healthier, cozier night’s sleep with natural fiber sheets and blankets.  While you are at it, get some for yourself – you won’t believe the difference!


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A Minimalist’s Guide to Holiday Gifting

Written by Jill Ettinger

a minimalist can still find holiday gifts

You think tchotchke is a Russian novelist. You’ve never bought a souvenir, a bauble or a trinket. Clutter makes you hyperventilate. There’s something to be said for the Zen-like state of living without encumbering things all around us. Even studies have shown that a de-cluttered living environment can be more conducive to creativity, focus and happiness. But being anti-thing can make the holidays a little rough and confusing.

Whether getting a gift for a minimalist or you happen to be one yourself struggling with holiday gift ideas, perhaps some of these will work for you.

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A True Gift: Holiday Volunteering for Those in Need

Written by Jessica Reeder

If you’re like us and would rather contribute than consume (at least for a few hours) this year, here’s how to get started. You don’t need to volunteer at holiday time, either; there are many, many ways and places to give.

food bank volunteers

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Thanksgiving & Christmas Cacti

How many of you have these awesome winter-blooming plants in your home?

Thanksgiving cactus with peach-colored blossom.
Thanksgiving cactus with peach-colored blossom.
James Blake, ©2011 HGIC, Clemson Extension

Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactus are popular gift plants. Growing holiday cacti as house plants. Light, temperature, watering, fertilizer, potting soil. Insect pests, root rot, lack of flowering problems.

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7 Eco-Friendly Holiday Cards

Alexis Petru

Each year, as many as 2 billion holiday cards are mailed in the U.S. between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, generating enough waste to fill a football field 10 stories high, according to California’s lead recycling agency. But don’t think you have to sacrifice your annual holiday card to keep your festivities eco-friendly. We’ve found seven holiday cards that are better for the planet, but still merry and fun: from electronic greetings to cards you can compost.

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christmas card

Photo: Snail’s Pace Paper

10 Stocking Stuffers for Under $10

This article has some great eco-friendly gift ideas that won’t break the bank! Water conserving shower timers, organic fair trade candy, reusable sandwich bags (picture below), and recycled notebooks for your to-do lists etc. These are just 4 out of the 10 great stocking stuffers. Check it out!

reusable sandwich bag

LunchSkins Sandwich Bags

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