Here are some easy, inspiring ideas to have a more sustainable (but still awesome - if not more awesome!) Christmas.
1. Get a real Christmas tree with roots. After Christmas, plant it in your garden (or keep it in a pot) and use it again next year! TIP; buy a slightly smaller tree as they will get pretty heavy once potted and after a year of growing bigger ;)
Potting the tree is also a fun activity to do with the kids. Neeva Rose loved picking her own tree and potting it.
2. If you are not into a real tree (let's face it with toddlers in the house it might not be all that practical!) - make a wooden Christmas tree instead of buying a plastic one! They look gorgeous, are very affordable and you can easily re-use them year after year.
3. Have wooden, handmade or felt decorations. It's super easy (and super fun) to make your own decorations and kids love to help.
4. When using outside lights, make sure they are SOLAR powered! You can get a huge variety of solar Christmas lights and they work brilliantly (without the huge power bill!)
5. Instead of giving presents, consider giving an experience. Tickets to the ballet, a concert, musical, the Zoo or a trampoline park are great gifts without having to buy more 'stuff'. We just bought Neeva Rose tickets to the Swan Lake and we cannot wait to take her!
6. When buying presents go for quality and not quantity and buy local and support small businesses where you can! Instead of using Christmas wrapping paper switch over to recycled brown paper wrapping. With a bit of inspiration you can make the most gorgeous looking presents that are much more environmentally friendly xx
Pictures by Pinterest.
-When you have little kids it might not always be that practical or safe to have a 'real' Christmas tree. Or you might want to look at alternatives due to sustainability. Whatever your reason a wooden Christmas tree might be your answer and we have put together a little bit of inspiration for you!
It might not have the smell of a real Christmas tree but it sure doesn't lack in atmosphere or 'wow-factor'.
Since Neeva Rose was little we had a wooden Christmas tree - James made it and it looked amazing! He constructed it so it couldn't tip over and our little wild child loved playing with the decorations. And we loved it too as there was no risk of her getting hurt.
I hope you enjoy some amazing examples of gorgeous wooden Christmas trees below xx
Pictures courtesy of Pinterest.
Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known (UK based) baby expert & toddler expert and a highly regarded popular parenting author.
After graduating with an honors degree in Psychology, specialising in child development, she embarked on a five year career in Pharmaceutical Research and Development, working with clinical trial data, until she became pregnant with her first child in 2001. After the birth of her firstborn Sarah retrained as an Antenatal Teacher, Hypnotherapist/Psychotherapist, Developmental Infant Massage Instructor and Birth and Postnatal Doula. Over the years Sarah has updated her knowledge with various study days and courses including paediatric first aid, paediatric safeguarding, perinatal psychology and birth trauma.
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Kim is the owner of SNUGBAGS - Merino for Kids. Together with her partner James and their little girl Neeva Rose, she lives in a little beach town called Piha on the West Coast in New Zealand. They love surfing, building sandcastles and all things natural and organic.