Take part in thoughtful eating for the holidays to help the environment.

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Most aspects about Christmas are things I can mention in a public way. Getting together with family and friends. Giving gifts. (Okay! Okay! I admit it! I love getting gifts, too!) Receiving and sending cards. And of course, right at the top of the list is the wonderfully amazing story of Jesus’ birth. 

I have to admit, though, there is something I love about Christmas that for some folks is just downright low-brow, out-of-style, and embarrassingly old-fashioned. 

What is this thing that has become—at least in some circles—unpopular to mention? Feasting! And this is the greatest time of year to do it. Having frigid weather and the shortest days must have had something to do with the fact that so many of our forefathers (and foremothers) decided to create three of our greatest feast days (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) for the coldest, darkest days of the year!

I know. I know. Most of us are trying to take weight off…not put it on. But there is something to be said for gathering around the table with ones we love and enjoying a feast. Imagine how drab—even depressing—this cold, dark time of year would be without looking forward to feasts. Just the thought perks up one’s spirits…at least it does mine.

Plenty. Abundance. The very thought of feasting suggests wastefulness, doesn’t it? It seems to be on a direct collision course with being “green,” and using our resources thoughtfully and carefully. So what can we do about it?

The first thought that leaps to mind is something we learned from our grandparents and parents who went through the Great Depression. Leftovers. It was from watching my mother—and enjoying every bite that she cooked—that I learned that food can taste better on the second day. I don’t remember Mom throwing any food away.

So, instead of feeling guilty over the abundance of Christmas and New Year’s feasts, eat and enjoy! Later in the week, continue enjoying the leftovers from the turkey or ham or crown roast. If you haven’t been putting them into salads, sandwiches, and soups in years before…why not? 

Not only will this kind of thoughtful eating help to save the planet for your children and grandchildren, it will help your pocketbook. I have been amazed by those who say they are short of money…all while they are taking delicious, nourishing food and scraping it into a garbage can!

So, this Christmas—for the sake of the planet, for your pocketbook, for your tastebuds—allow yourself to enjoy the feast! And then, enjoy the leftovers!


Feel free to email me your environmental tips and questions!

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