Celebrating a “Green” Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving can be the perfect time to celebrate in an environmentally friendly fashion. Because the holiday focuses on the bounty of the earth and everything it has to offer, it only makes sense to celebrate in a fashion that helps to protect our natural resources. Some people feel that Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses too heavily on excess and extravagance. However, with a little thought and planning, you can have a Thanksgiving that is enjoyable and yet still environmentally responsible.
Enough, But Not Too Much
It’s important to remember that it’s not necessary to have your table overflowing for Thanksgiving dinner. Plan a menu that is enjoyable, but which doesn’t waste food and other resources. If you truly enjoy cooking a large Thanksgiving dinner, just make sure everyone takes leftovers home with them so that nothing is wasted. You should also keep moderation in mind when decorating your home. Choosing natural decorations such as pumpkins, squash and apples that you can use in recipes later is also a great way to add beautiful decorations in an environmentally friendly fashion.
Choose Organic and Locally Produced Foods
Select foods that have been locally grown using organic methods for your Thanksgiving dinner whenever possible. Not only are these foods more eco-friendly, but they will probably also taste better. Choosing locally grown foods will also help conserve fuel, since it requires less fuel and other resources to get the items to market. It’s also a great way of supporting the economy in your own community.
Home for the Holidays
Celebrating Thanksgiving at home instead of traveling can be a great way to conserve fuel while reducing air pollution. If you don’t live close to other family members, invite neighbors to enjoy Thanksgiving with you instead. This will give you a chance to enjoy the bounty of Thanksgiving with others, without the need to travel.
Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving Decorations
In addition to using fruits and vegetables as decorations, you can also make other kinds of environmentally friendly decor for the holiday. Homemade clay can be made with only common kitchen ingredients such as flour and water, which can then be used to create a variety of beautiful decorations. This can also be a great way for children to participate in the decorating process. Vases of dried flowers and baskets of natural materials such as pine cones and seed pods can also add to the beauty of your home. You can create a wreath from grape vines and dried plant material to decorate the room or your front door. Recycling scrap materials such as bottles, cans and paper can also provide you with plenty of eco-friendly craft materials to make decorations. You might also want to start a new family tradition of planting a tree or a shrub on Thanksgiving. Planting a tree or a bush which will provide food for your table in the future is also a nice way of celebrating the holiday. Years from now, you’ll be able to enjoy an apple pie or blueberry muffins on Thanksgiving, thanks to a tree or shrub you planted during this year’s holiday celebration.