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Having A Green Christmas 
Dec. 11, 2010 7:35 am 
Updated: Dec. 12, 2010 11:27 pm
You can have a Green Christmas  it is easy:

Lets think about how we can give back with out creating a lot of trash in the gift or how the family will use the gift.  Mason Jars are a great way to give many different gifts.  I am working on  my homemade gifts and here is my list:

1-Cloth Christmas Napkin
1-Box or basket - reuseable
3-Plastic reusable containers
2-Mason Jars-your size your choice:add a little scrape cloth under the lid to add color

My list of Homemade everything
Instant Spice Tea -
Instant Hot Chocolate
Apple bars
Pumpkin/Cranberry Bread
Cranberry-Chex Mix
Traditional -Chex Mix
Homemade Christmas Card-last years gift wrap

Also,  How many sets of christmas dishes do you have. I have two sets, in the past I might get them out, but sometimes I would just buy the paper plates, But not anylonger.   I get them out, my family loves them,., One of my sets is very casuel, so I get them out right after Thangsiving and put in the cabinet and use them everyday, It really helps get everyone ready for the Christmas season .  

Also you always share the extra sets to help another family. 

Use only giftatable gift wrapping: this is hard, I know I like pretty gifts also, So I try and use wrapping products I can reuse in some way, Making card for next year or use as packing the next year. 
Nice reusable gift bags, and thisyear for my dad.  his main gift is going into a new ice chest.

Have a GREEN Christmas and please remember the True reason is CHRIST not gifts.

In Gods Hands

Dec. 11, 2010 5:01 pm
great ideas granma! we try and recycle as well. we wrap in the comics from the sunday paper that we have saved, we either recycle the rest of the paper or use it to start a fire. mason jars and jam jars get soup mixes to give as gifts. i wish more people took the time to reuse. i hate to see trash on our highways.
Dec. 12, 2010 11:27 pm
I reuse, recycle and just generally try really hard not to waste. One of our family's traditional "reuse" items is bows. I have a large rubbermaid container that we save all the bows and re-use the following year. Unless they are bent without any hope of looking nice or torn, they are saved. We have some really interesting ones that we actually look forward to who gets it this year. Another idea, the nice colorful shopping bags you can buy that are really nice and sturdy make great wrapping for gifts as well as a very usable gift itself.
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I love to cook for my family, I also like sharing things I learn with others. I work at learning new recieps all the time. I like taking a new reciepe to each family gathering. Sometime a few famly memebers will ask before they try. Thats OK I love trying new things
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Deserts, Chicken, PORK, Breads,
My favorite family cooking traditions
at all family gathering try something new.
My cooking triumphs
Home made bread, the old way. I love to try and bake like my grandmother did bake in the early 1900's in central Texas with only a wood burning stove and a ICE box, try it go back to bascis it really lets you apperciate the new tools we have. in 2008 I found out what it was like not to have electricity for 15 days, I found out that I LOVE ELECTRICITY.
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My first Turkey, I left the giblits inside, But they cooked to perfection and everyone loved for a late snack that evening. I know where to look now. LOL
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