Green Christmas Tree
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Family seated at dining room table for Christmas meal Simple Tips to Keep the Holidays Stress Free

Find simple solutions to holiday woes that will take you from Scrooge to Santa in a snap. » See Photos

Christmas Trees
Rent a live tree, or buy one that can be planted in your backyard.

Send electronic greetings, party invitations, and annual newsletters. For a large selection of e-cards and e-stationery, try

Resist the urge to buy plastic ribbon and seasonal accessories. Instead, choose reusable decorations and vintage ornaments, and find new uses for everyday objects. For example, invert Champagne flutes or cocktail glasses to serve as bases for pillar candles (decorate the stems with colorful ribbon).

Compost scraps and be mindful of the quantity of food you cook. Making too much wastes money and resources. Donate the cash you save to a local food bank; visit for locations.

Table Settings
For parties, forgo paper goods or tableware, and designate one cloth napkin, plate, and glass per person. This cuts down on the trash from disposables and the water required for dishwashing. Use neatly pressed fabric remnants from sewing projects for soft or hard-to-wrap objects. Cut, fold, and punch holes into pages from old calendars or prints to make gift tags.

-By: Jess Chamberlain, Sunset


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