Posts Tagged 'Festive'

SERIOUS MONDAY: REMEMBER THE PLANET THIS CHRISTMAS

 

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Christmas is coming – and although most of us love the festive season,  it’s traditionally bad news for the planet.

December brings with it increased product buying, more packaging, more commercial transport – and vast amounts of rubbish afterwards.

It is estimated that wrapping paper alone used in the UK at Christmas, would cover the whole of Guernsey – and gifts aside, we will use around 750 million EXTRA bottles or glass containers and 500 million more drinks cans.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be bringing you some suggestions for a Greener Christmas and tips on reducing the amount of festive waste.

In the meantime, you could consider

Sending  an e-card rather than a traditional Christmas card to internet-savvy friends

Buying as local as possible – often a small games shop in town will cost little more than a chainstore outlet – and you’ll be supporting your local economy

Buying real charity Christmas cards – rather than those sold by many retailers which sometimes offer only a tiny donation to charity. Get them direct from Oxfam or your favourite charity instead

Planning your Christmas menu in advance so that you don’t buy much more food than you really need

Taking reusable bags on your shopping trips. (If you forget, it doesn’t mean to have to accept a bag in every store. Smaller items will often fit into a bag that you’re already carrying

Checking the energy rating on any large appliances or electrical items that you intend to buy

You could also try to buy children’s toys that don’t need up to six batteries at a time. I’ve already bought traditional tiddly-winks for my little one. I used to be quite an expert so we’ll see if I’ve still got the knack 

And if you work with more than a couple of people, suggest a Secret Santa this year where you put names in a hat and buy a gift for just the person whose name you pull out.  It not only saves unnecessary (and often unwanted) gifts but cuts down on your shopping – and saves everyone money!

Susan

CRAZY WEDNESDAY: A FESTIVE SONG, RECYCLED AND RE-USED JUST FOR YOU

A very happy boxing day to all!

I couldn’t resist recycling another Christmas favourite, this time with videos of some of the things I didn’t cover on other Crazy Wednesdays. I promise this is my last parody for now – but I hope you enjoy it.

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Alternative en-ergy!

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Power from above,

And alternative en-ergy!

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Hy-dro-gen,

Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Well-meaning words,

Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!
On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five green rings,

Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!
On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Wind-up music playing,

Five green rings,
Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eco-challenge winning,

Wind-up music playing,
Five green rings,
Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!
On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Carbon neutral twinkling,

Eco-challenge winning,
Wind-up music playing,
Five green rings,
Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!
On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Skyscrapers dancing,

Carbon neutral twinkling,
Eco-challenge winning,
Wind-up music playing,
Five green rings,
Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!
On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Biofuels for reaping,

Skyscrapers dancing, 
Carbon neutral twinkling,
Eco-challenge winning,
Wind-up music playing,
Five green rings,
Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!
On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Grey water piping,

Biofuels for reaping,
Skyscrapers dancing, 
Carbon neutral twinkling,
Eco-challenge winning,
Wind-up music playing,
Five green rings,
Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!
On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Green Hummers humming,

Grey water piping,
Biofuels for reaping,
Skyscrapers dancing, 
Carbon neutral twinkling,
Eco-challenge winning,
Wind-up music playing,
Five green rings,
Well-meaning words,
Hy-dro-gen,
Power from above,
And alternative en-ergy!

Amanda

LAZY FRIDAY: GIVING IS GOOD

Christmas is a time for giving so if you can afford it, help to make the festive season a little brighter for those in need.

Many large shopping centres now invite people to donate a new gift by handing it in a collection point or placing it around the tree.  Often, the collections are on behalf of children’s charities so you need to say on a gift tag whether it’s for a boy or girl and the age range that it’s suited to.

The Salvation Army and shelters for the homeless also welcome gifts or cash donations to help in their work so be generous if you can. (If you can’t, then remember it’s the thought that counts and even a small gift will be appreciated.)

And of course, giving doesn’t always mean spending money.   An elderly or lonely neighbour might appreciate the chance to have a cuppa and a chat  – or someone to carry their shopping home.

And while we’re all rushing around buying last minute gifts, we should remember that Christmas can be one of the saddest times of year for those who have lost someone close to them and giving them a little of your time is probably the most welcome gift of all.

Christmas is also a time for giving thanks and provides the opportunity to give something back to our wonderful planet.  Feed the birds, donate some tinned food to an animal refuge, get the children involved in a litter pick or take them to a local farm to buy fresh produce like eggs and meat.

Make sure that children know about global warming and encourage them to get involved in recycling. I try to get my eight-year-old to think about the 3 Rs.  Last Christmas she wrapped up two of her favourite items and presented them to me as gifts so hopefully the message is getting through!  (The fact that I have no use whatsoever for a pink pony with swirling blue tail and diamond eyes or a see-through cosmetics box – aka a transparent briefcase -is quite beyond the point.)  And I refuse to believe her father’s theory that she was just trying to hang onto her pocket money 🙂

Over the holidays, think about the power you’re using and try to find a way to save at least 10 per cent of the gas or electricity you normally use over Christmas.

And most important of all – don’t be lonely this Christmas. If you don’t have friends or family living close, then do yourself and the needy a favour.  Volunteer to visit elderly or sick people who need some company, help out at a shelter or offer to help in a community centre or charity shop.

Notice boards in libraries, doctors surgeries and community centres are all great places to start looking for ways to get involved in something worthwhile.

Have a great Christmas – and since the young people in our house are desperate for some of the white stuff, this seemed a perfect way to sign off:

Susan