Holiday Simple

This post is for our third annual holiday Green Moms Carnival.


The carnival is hosted by the lovely Jen Savedge of The Green Parent.

The theme is Holiday’s Without The Hoopla.

There are some that holiday gift for mere quantity.  They are oblivious to the waste they produce or where those items were manufactured. Gifts they give are often of no practical use. It’s all about volume and getting.

For some the exchanging of gifts lacks ceremony.  There is a rapid tearing off a wrapping paper  It’s a garbage producing day. The entire gifting is over in ten minutes flat. Have you ever been in a circumstance where some complain about what they didn’t get?

I tried as a parent and especially during the holidays to gift practically and educationally.  I also tried to hold onto the meaning of gifting.  I tried to pause and watch as one gives a gift to another.

Less hoopla to me means:





I also enjoy getting creative.

I know for some creativity comes easier than for others.

and with with so much hoopla

creative gestures often take time.

Here is one holiday simple idea:

buy local art or handmade items, Amy Martinez’s ceramics are currently housed in Main Gallery 404

find a useful “vessel” to wrap it in – this vintage tin, cost $1

Add edible embellishment as packaging filler, bought in bulk – no packaging – I brought my own jar – be sure everything is clean.

The entire gift is useful, fun, holiday-ish. Reusable!!

We have been gift giving in “vessels” for sometime.

It’s part of the searching.  Makes it wonderfully fun

Here is one more idea:

take one sweet snowman dish, cost.25

add one or two decadent truffles $3/each.  Add one clean and pressed vintage hankie, this one cost $1 and some real ribbon.

Be sure to get full cat approval.

above images by Karen Hanrahan

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7 Responses to Holiday Simple

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  2. What a beautiful post. I love the idea of buying local and handmade. Happy Holidays!

  3. Condo Blues says:

    I love the dish and truffle idea! Who am I kidding? I’d be for it if it was just truffles 🙂

  4. Harriet says:

    Practical, simple, pause and ceremony…Perfect..thank you Karen..happy holidays..

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