Sincere Yuletide greetings to all our family, friends, and readers.
So we tried our hardest to be as sustainable as possible and still enjoy a ‘normal’ christmas, as it turned out we had some unexpected fun along the way.
Crackers… Usually supplied in a plastic box, filled with plastic ‘novelties’ that don’t even make it beyond the dinner table…
This year we bought a kit and the kids had great fun making our own (no snaps). The little folk selected useful presents for each other, and I selected for the other adults. That means the dog walker got a proper torch, father inlaw got a charging plug for when he is delivering cars to customers, Mrs. Living gentler got a key fob torch for when she is out late and the family matriarchs got thimbles (for the knitter) and natural lip balm for the one that walks in the cold… Me? Well I forgot myself so just stuck some mints in my cracker… Next year with planning we will make from scratch!
The presents…. No sticky tape here! Cotton festive ribbons make a great way of keeping plastic free wrapping paper on presents… And its reuseable like good quality paper… We all had a laugh ‘borrowing’ fingers to hold bows while we tied the presents up.
We were given a locally farmed free range Norfolk Black Turkey, I sourced a free range Guinea fowl from our butchers along with sausages and homecured bacon for pigs in blankets.
Mrs Living gentler raided the local street market for veggies including possibly the biggest sprouts I have ever seen!! Apparently unseasonably warm weather makes for big sprouts…
So we managed some extra fun, reduced our festive plastic consumption and minimised our food miles… And we didn’t break the bank doing so.