Waste Free Christmas

I have two more on board with waste free Christmas!

It's been a number of years since we've bought wrapping paper. The items our family buys for each other are mostly wrapped in reusable bags, most of which I made.  Grandparent presents are mostly wrapped with the brown paper that comes as a packing material and tied with ribbon.   We have a tradition of putting the empty bags under the tree Christmas Eve and Christmas morning we find the bags filled.  Much less work for me! Plus eco friendly. Win/win.  My kids are old enough to make their own reusable bags now.

My kids actually made these bags at a 4-H event. I led a couple of classes teaching a bunch of 4-Hers how to make their own reusable bags at a county wide event. Thankful for my 4-H mom friends (thank you Sara!), as I have this precious picture of me helping my own kids.
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Here is a picture of a past nearly waste free Christmas. Reusable bags, upcycled wrapping paper, homemade stockings and a Charlie Brown white pine from our own backyard.  Plus every unwrapped present below (as well as many in the packages) are second hand.

Was this Christmas pictured magical for my children? Absolutely.

 Sometimes less is more.


  1. Love it! I'm going back to making my own wrapping paper this year. Keeping it simple with homemade embellishments. Less is definitely more!

  2. I love this! I think I need to fix my sewing machine and make some of these bags!



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