I recently read that the cost of Christmas for the average household is a whopping £753 per family. It’s so much. The amount of waste of festive consumption produces horrifies me. I’d like to have a far more green Christmas this year and I think we’re making progress towards achieving it.
Doing It Differently
We’re doing Christmas differently this year. There will far fewer presents than before. The abundance of plastic gifts that don’t last much past Christmas are gone. We’re buying far fewer presents and carefully selecting for presents that the recipient will really enjoy and appreciate.
As we have a large family, we have to be tactical about how we shop. Planning is really important. I make lists. I have a little book that my mum makes for me each year and in it, I name every person I need to buy a gift for.
Is A Bargain Really A Bargain?
A low-cost chain store has recently opened in my little local town. I went in there for the first time last week. The sheer range of plastic products on offer that are mass produced without any thought for longevity astounded me. In previous years, I’d be guilty of stocking up on crappy plastic toys as stocking fillers to bulk out the amount of present my children had. In those days. The days when I had no idea of the true cost to the planet. So, is it really such a bargain when these products come at such a high cost to our World?
I explained to my children back in October than we’re doing Christmas differently this year. They joined us on the journey of Plastic Free July. They’re watched the documentaries and understand why we prefer to shop in a slightly more ethical manner. As I’ve said before, we’re really not perfect, but we are a lot better than we were this time two years ago.
Gifts that we’re giving this year include days out from Customer Service Guru. An experience can last a lifetime and is one of my favourite things to give. Things that are good quality or that can be recycled when you’ve finished with them. For example, we’ve bought my dad a galvanised steel watering can from Amazon. If you shop around, there are some genuinely good deals to be had on quality, long lasting products, particularly online. There’s that expression, buy cheap, buy twice. So true.
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We’re giving some of our friends and family homemade sausages from our organic and home-reared pigs. I’ve been whittling spoons like there’s no tomorrow to give as gifts. We’re baking cookies for our neighbours rather than writing cards.
Is there anything you’re doing to save money or be more environmentally conscious this Christmas? I’d love to hear about it. Thanks for reading.