With Christmas coming up, I wanted to share some Christmas activities that I have participated in with my family. As many of you know, I don’t have any children of my own at this stage of my life, but I have some great little cousins that I spend a lot of time with! These activities are great for the whole family.
- Baking – I know some people grew up making those beautiful gingerbread houses. However, for most people, these houses came in a box, premade, with all of the items to decorate. Why not bake your own gingerbread house at home? For me, it was humble shortbread and gingerbread cookies that were iced and covered in sprinkles.
- Watching a Christmas movie – sure, I guess you could count the TV electricity as wasteful, but this really is a low waste activity that can bring the family together. Personally, I suggest “ELF”, or “Home Alone”, but my partner swears by “White Christmas”.
- Homemade decoration making – Single use Christmas decorations are something that has popped up over the last 20 years. Historically, we used the same decorations over and over again, and we passed them down to their children. Now, we throw out poorly made cheap decorations every year – and it has to stop. Making homemade decorations, or purchasing ethical, multi-use decorations from high-quality sources is a must.
- Charity work – This sounds a little cliche, I know, but honestly, whether its collecting food donations, helping at a food bank or simply sharing your Christmas leftovers – helping someone out this Christmas is a great way to spend family time.
- Family Games – Personally, I love Monopoly – but my family refuses to play it with me because no one else ever wins, and it runs for hours. But whatever game works for your family, spend some time playing them this Christmas.
Basically, this Christmas, forget about purchases, forget about shopping, and just spend some time together. Let me know if you have any other waste-free Christmas activities in the comments below!