Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:15pm
  • Approximately 50 million Christmas trees are purchased each year in the US. Consider a tree that can be planted in the yard, or an artificial one to be reused for years to come.
  • The smaller the bulbs on a light strand, the lower the wattage. Low-wattage bulbs use less energy and give off less heat.
  • Make a nature ornament from twigs, bark, pine cones, etc., or laminate a special photo for the tree.
  • Tie old buttons onto a length of string to make old-fashioned looking garland.
  • Make your own luminaries. Rinse out empty soup or coffee cans, remove the label and punch holes into the sides to make a snowflake design, then place a candle in the bottom.
  • Save some fresh evergreen needles in a dish and set it in your bathroom. Whenever the air needs a fresh scent, stir up the needles.
  • Use dried-out tree sprigs as kindling for a cozy fire.