I was going through some old posts on my now dormant A Little Greener Every Day blog. I came across a post I wrote two years ago that I had forgotten about. I thought, “I wish I could write the same thing for MNN” because I think the message rings true for holiday celebrations year after year. I also sort of need to be reminded of these things myself.

Then it occurred to me: we like recycling around here. So, I thought I’d recycle the post and reprint it for you. This post originally ran in December 2008.


You know, I was going to make a list of green party ideas that didn’t scream “I’m a green party idea.” As I was thinking about the list, it occurred to me that it isn’t the food or the decorations or the lights that would be screaming “I’m green.” They are inanimate objects and very few people are going to wonder if your candles are parafin or soy, your turkey is free-range, or your lights are LED. The only way your guests are going to know these things is if you scream about them.

So here’s what I think: I think that your holiday celebration isn’t about celebrating green. It’s about celebrating the birth of Jesus or celebrating the miracle of eight nights of burning oil lamps or simply celebrating friends and family.

So go ahead — make your holiday party as green as you want. Buy the free-range turkey, serve the organic wine, play holiday music downloaded via mp3’s instead of going out and buying physical CDs, buy all your linens from a thrift store, and rewear last year’s Christmas sweater. Just keep your mouth shut about it all.

Don’t spend Christmas dinner talking about why your real tree is greener than your brother’s artificial tree. Don’t let everyone know that the paper plates you’re using for dessert are made from recycled materials and are completely compostable. Don’t make this holiday about being greener than everyone else at your table. Be a gracious greenie this holiday season.

Oh, and the above picture is this year’s tree that we decorated last night. And I’m not going to tell you if we bought it from a local source or if the lights are LED. I know — and I don’t need to scream about it.

Thumbnail image: Denise Rosser

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Screaming your green
A recycled Christmas message about hosting “green” holiday parties.