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I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 2009
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Q&A with Anna Getty
Q: How can being green save you money?
Getty: When you use less you buy less. If we buy less ipso facto we save money.
Q: How does the book help to teach your kids to be green?
Getty: This book is about creating family traditions. This book is about being more green during a very wasteful time of year. If we incorporate our children into these new traditions of crafting with what we already have, making gifts and not buying gifts, we help our children become more green and more conscientious about respecting the planet. Children learn through example. If we make changes with our own wasteful habits , our children will adopt these changes as their own.
Q: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Getty: Baking Christmas cookies with my daughter and her little friends.
Q: What is a good place to start if you are new to the green movement?
Getty: Start with easy doable steps. If you are not recycling, start recycling, if you still use stores plastic bags switch to paper (many paper bags are now made from recycled paper) or better yet bring your own cloth bags. Do one or two things and let them become a part of you rather then too many at once and then give up. In terms of the holidays, ditch the store bought wrapping paper. Most store bought wrapping paper uses virgin paper stock and toxic dyes or ink. Go for recycled wrapping paper or reuse paper (just be careful when you open gifts so you can save it to rewrap). Or find alternative ways of wrapping like using old maps or music sheets, or pages out of magazines or old newspapers and books.
Q: Are there any tips from the experts in the book that surprised you?
Getty: Darren Moore of www.ecovations.com surprised me with the information that having ones home Energy Star Home Performance tested could cut ones energy consumption in half. I also really loved Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation's tip about being reflective and appreciative during the holiday time.
Q: What’s your favorite recipe or craft from the book?
Getty: Hard to pick as I love so many of them but my favorite recipe hands down is the Trufled Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese and the Recycled Christmas Card Gift tags is pretty high up there in the crafts.
Recipe Excerpts from I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas
Truffled Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
Salt Dough Ornaments
About the Author
Ron Hamad is an acclaimed photographer and director who lives in Los Angeles.
Zem Joaquin is ecofabulous.com's founder and editor-in-chief. She lives in San Francisco..
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Top Customer Reviews
Best left in the great recycling bin at the print shop, "I'm Dreaming" is a perfect example of an "author" who is dreaming of a great pile of green cash for Christmas without knowing much about anything at all she preaches about. And make no mistake - this is not a "fun" book. It is a sermon from the very first page - and not very original.
Many of her ideas are ill-conceived and poorly planned. Some, however, are downright dangerous. Completely ignoring the various ways to cover fruit with sugar sparkle, edible gold and silver leaf or edible glitter and fairy dust - all safe techniques in use over decades and centuries - the author recommends the application of a non-toxic glue stick and ordinary glitter. And then recommends eating the fruit so as not to waste it.
My nomination for the Worst Book of 2009, "I'm Dreaming" is not worth the paper it is printed on. Save a tree and leave the book behind. Send a subscription for ...Read more ›
This statement was part of the author's inspiration to write this book, which gives tips and ideas to help minimize the impact of the holidays on planet Earth. But it is so much more than that...this book has ideas to simplify your holidays, build family traditions, and bring meaning back to what has become such a commercialized time of year.
This book starts with the 10 easiest things you can do to save energy during the holidays (although several of the tips apply to the entire year). These range from switching Christmas lights to LEDs to avoiding junk mail (the author gives websites to stop the catalog madness). From there, she goes into decorating projects, recipes, simple homemade gifts, entertaining, and other subjects. Throughout the book are sprinkled easy ideas and scary statistics from other sources. She discusses the greenest Christmas tree issue (fake vs. real...which is better for the environment?), the fact that many traditional paraffin candles have wicks containing lead, cloth vs. paper napkins, and many other issues.
The main reason I purchased this book is I have a 2 1/2 year old son, with another child on the way. I want to do things greener for them, but I also want to do more homemade projects and start some traditions so they enjoy the holidays without thinking of mountains toys. This book accomplishes this for me, with many simple & easy crafts and tips. I love the idea of making wreaths out of old wool sweaters, putting some sparkle on fruits (something I never would have thought of), making angel doily ornaments and twig stars.Read more ›
There are some tips on saving energy and such, but they are mostly pretty obvious to anyone with any interest in environmentalism.
I also have doubts about the "green-ness" of the projects. How sustainable are acrylic paints, glitter, a hot glue gun?
The book is attractive, with lots of full-color photos. I didn't care for the photos, though. They seem to be mostly of the author and her children; I'd prefer to see a little more diversity. A lot of the photos are so "artsy" they aren't particularly useful (extreme closeups, odd angles). A how-to book should have more practical images. But then, maybe this is the kind of book that people look at, but don't actually use. That's certainly the case for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the kind of book you wish you could give to everyone and you wish they would gift to you. It's also the kind of book that inspires you to be more crafty and green. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anonymous
I received a copy of this book in hardcover edition, as a gift.
First of all, the presentation is just gorgeous. Read more
I enjoy reading this book. The author gives all kinds of green tips (cleaning tips, cooking tips, gift-giving tips, etc) that revolve around all things Christmas. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Jodi
I liked the idea behind this book about utilizing materials that you may already have to decorate for example using pine cones as an ornament or gift bow. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by Ariaceliz
I was very excited to pick this book up because I have been rather active in "greening" up my lifestyle, and this is the first one I've read devoted to the holidays. Read morePublished on March 17, 2010 by J. Plummer
Not as helpful as I'd like. I was hoping for some easy to do Christmas decor, perhaps using things already around the house. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by S. Thompson
This is a good book for people interested in making environmentally friendly Christmas ornaments. One I particularly liked is the pine cone and nut wreath. Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by Groovin' guy
I liked this book. I grew up in the country where simple and natural was considered pretty, opposed to glitz glamor and the caked-on make-up of the city life. Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by C. Maynard
This book have good ideas to green decorations, have good recipes as delicious as "Prosciutto and goat cheese wrapped figs" yummy
this is a different book whit lots of tips... Read more