Christmas is honestly my favorite time of the year. I love the holiday spirit that everyone just takes on during this time. So festive! My favorite part about Christmas, you ask? It has to be the presents! *squeal* We spend so much time and energy on decorating for Christmas that we forget that we need to think about what’s coming after. Holiday lights are usually packed up to keep for the next year. If your lights are less sturdy, it’s shopping time yet again. But you know that there are ways you can re-use those lights? Read on!
1. Ball them up
These lights make for great lanterns if you just ball them up properly. They look so darn pretty and it’s a different kind of lighting that looks fancy and eccentric at the same time!
2. Word Art
You can use these lights on the wall to create interesting patterns or words. With this idea you are totally allowed to be a narcissist and put your name on the wall with those Christmas lights!
3. Fireflies in a jar
Just put your Christmas lights into a transparent glass jar (or colored, depending on the mood you’re going for) and put it on the shelf. That’s one interesting looking lamp you’ll have!
4. Instant art
Use a string of lights and clip on your favorite and most intimate photos. It’s a very personal decoration and it will look lovely in your bedroom.
5. Behind your head
Use these lights to light up the headboard behind your bed. It makes for an interesting lighting effect just when you’re about to fall asleep. It will probably make for some interesting dreams too!
These are just a few simple ways you could re-use the Christmas lights that you have rather than just throwing them away. Remember, you must re-use and recycle to save Mother Earth. Plus, wouldn’t you rather be creative than to wait for next Christmas to get those lights out? Get busy!
I’m a die-hard nature lover. No, seriously. I love to just curl up in my favorite blanket and watch nothing but the Discovery channel. Nature is so beautiful and enchanting, don’t you think?And I really think it looks the most gorgeous during the winters. Like most people, I do believe that Christmas time is the jolliest of seasons!
But ho ho ho-ld your horses! When Santa Claus comes to town riding on a sleigh, we often forget about our environment. Of course we have so much on our minds: vacationing, decorating and buying presents. But there are some easy ways you can celebrate a jolly, eco-friendly Christmas and I’m here to show you the ropes. Here are some tips:
- Buy sturdy decorations – Christmas decorations are common in every household. But we often buy cheaper decorations that break easily. Instead, you should buy decorations that will last you for years. You could also use LED lights.
- Avoid baggage – So much shopping and so little time! Instead of buying plastic bags from stores, carry your own eco-friendly cloth tote.
- A different kind of present – Gift-giving has become way too clichéd. Instead of your usual store-bought toys and trinkets that will most likely end up in the trash can, go for green DIY presents or better yet! Why not gift an experience? Cook dinner or perform a dance for your loved ones. Also, avoid battery-operated toys because batteries are toxic.
- Wrap it up – Gifts are wrapped in pretty-looking wrapping paper. But where does it end up? That’s right. But we can easily avoid the wastage. Wrap your presents in newspaper or use recycled paper.
- E-cards are the way to go – We’ve all become so tech-savvy in this day and age. So why not during Christmas? Instead of sending paper cards, why not send an animated e-card to your loved ones? They’re prompt, creative and great for our environment!
This year, let’s not forget our environment while we celebrate the wonderful season. Use these handy tips and make a difference! Because change starts with you.
I don’t think there is anything else that makes me happier than food. I love to spoil myself with delicious recipes now and then. But as a rule, I only cook with organic ingredients. They might be a little more expensive but they are so much healthier. If you think that choosing an organic lifestyle will restrict your menu, I’m here to prove you wrong. I have found some wonderful organic holiday recipes that will make you drool! Here are my top five:
Turkey is synonymous with the holidays, whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas. And really, it’s not that hard to make either. Wow your guests with your great culinary skills. It’s important that you use a heritage turkey because they are not only healthier but also richer in flavor.
This one is a meat lover’s favorite. It’s your best bet for a fantastic main course during your Christmas dinner. It’s also pretty easy to prepare even for a newbie (10 minutes preparation time, baby!) and is just absolutely mouthwatering.
What makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside during the chilly winters? No, not love. Eggnog! Which is incredibly easy to make too, with or without the alcohol! Be careful though. Use only pasteurized eggs because raw eggs may contain Salmonella.
Topped with hard sauce, this candied fruit-filled pudding is something you wouldn’t want to miss out on during this festive season. I mean, it says ‘Christmas’ in the name and nothing gets more Christmas-y than that! The mix of sweet and spice make it a warm and delectable treat.
Nothing says Christmas like leaving some freshly baked cookies out for Santa. With a preparation time of only thirty minutes, this one is a must to have on your dinner table on Christmas. Because who doesn’t like cookies!
These recipes will most definitely make you the star chef at your Christmas dinner party and your guests will keep coming back for more! You’re welcome.