Have a “Green” Christmas


(Reposted, from last year.)

Wow – Christmas is almost here. But it’s not too late to be green!

But wait!! Before you go buying all those fancy boxes and wrapping paper to a minute and think of a more green way to do Christmas.

Save any and every box you have around the house. I’m lucky enough to have plenty of boxes from review items and I save different sizes at work too. But- you can save cereal boxes, food boxes, tissue boxes, really any box can be used. Last year I did not “buy” any boxes and I won’t have to this year either. I have boxes of boxes I started collecting last month. Cereal boxes will make nice clothes boxes. I used one for mailing gifts before.

Wrapping paper – now this one’s a little more tricky. You can use newspaper or cartoons. These make fun and interesting presents. You can use the kids artwork for smaller gifts. You can use leftover materials to wrap your gifts. You can even use cloth to make a gift bag. These can be used from year to year.

Last year I saved some brown paper from work and folded it nice and neat and kept it flat. Then I used stamps and placed holiday stamps with glitter on the paper. I really think the presents wrapped in this paper was my absolute favorite!!


What will you do this Christmas to be “green”?


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. What great ideas!

  2. Love the idea of using cereal boxes!

  3. Green AND saves money, love it!

  4. I too keep all my review boxes and then reuse them at Christmas 🙂

  5. I hate buying wrapping paper! For birthday’s I use newspaper

  6. cloth also makes nice wrapping paper and can be used again.

  7. Those are fantastic ideas! I always save boxes and gift bags from every gift-giving occasion to reuse!

  8. I like brown wrap myself.

  9. We recycle the wrapping paper and reuse gift bags.

  10. Love this post! I used brown paper bags to wrap the gifts for my book advent calendar this year and they came out adorable.

  11. Love the idea of using newspaper!

  12. Making upcycled wrapping paper is a great idea.

  13. Cereal boxes for clothing boxes is genius! I love the idea of being more green for wrapping!

  14. That’s a really great idea. This year we borrowed a huge container full of stuff from my MIL.

  15. I love all your ideas! Those can be used throughout the year, too–birthdays, other holidays, etc.