A Green Home: The Green Reason for the Season

| 12/16/2010 10:00:50 AM

Jaci KennisonJaclyn Kennison is a freelance writer living and playing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owns and manages an art gallery and event venue between fits of shopping and redecorating.

The year’s biggest holiday is just days away and for many of us, our thoughts are on upcoming parties, time with family and friends, and delicious holiday food.

Generally speaking, it is relatively easy for the average eco-warrior to “green” these aspects of the holiday season: Car pool to the holiday party or take public transit if it’s available. Buy a used holiday dress from your favorite consignment store. Eat organic, local, sustainable food at home before you go to the party and bring a bottle of organic, sulfite-free wine to share. (I happen to LOVE Frey wines out of Northern California). Shop at your local food co-op as much as possible when planning a party. Buy gifts that are made sustainably and wrap them in an old piece of fabric all tied up with hemp twine. These are steps we naturally take in our efforts to “go green”.

You often hear the phrase “Remember the reason for the season” this time of year. While I appreciate the truth of these words when it comes to our spiritual selves, I also wonder—are we doing something to honor that phrase when it comes to our “green” selves?

It seems that even while we take a sustainable approach to all the holiday hooplah, the greatest challenge is truly honoring the planet this time of year. Thanksgiving should not be entirely about food and family; it should also be about sustainability and respect for the planet that provides us all the nourishment we need. The same is true for Christmas, Hanukkah and Yule, and whatever particular “reason” you ascribe to this season.

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Take a break from the holidays to appreciate the planet. Photo By Dan/Courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.net