Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season Paperback – October 17, 2008
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Peter Sander is an author, researcher, and consultant in the fields of business, location reference, and personal finance. He has written more than forty books, including Value Investing for Dummies, Personal Finance for Entrepreneurs, and 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics. The author of numerous articles dealing with investment strategies, he is also the coauthor of the top-selling The 100 Best Stocks You Can Buy series.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!
Book Review: Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season (Adams Media, 2008) by Jennifer Bayse Sander and Peter Sander with Anne Basye
Considering that many Americans have been or are about to be laid off this holiday season with no relief in sight, parents are wondering about what they can still afford to do for their children this year. Think back to when you were a kid. Do you really remember all the different toys you received each year? My fondest memory is of my dad taking us sledding down a neighbor's hill. These kind of memories are what your children will recall too.
Green Christmas focuses on how we can have a green Christmas by giving more (of ourselves), and consuming less (of what's wasteful).
"The cost of conforming in the United States is great. Every year between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, Americans generate 25 million extra tons of garbage (about 25% more than during the rest of the year) and spend billions of dollars on purchases that may trigger an uptick on Wall Street but leave consumers burdened with more debt."
A Green Christmas is not just environment-friendly, but is completely suitable in times of economic need.
Green Christmas calls for:
Family involvement--include children, who are probably already aware of global warming and environmental issues; volunteer your time; visit national parks; go on an eco-tourism trip; focus on your time together rather than the gifts received.
Entertaining without waste--consider a local foods Christmas party or an organic wine tasting; invite and get to know your neighbors.
Reducing spending--give organic items, books and DVDs about green living, products made from recycled materials; make your own presents; give a donation on behalf of another; other gift items could include event tickets, gift cards, subscriptions, or membership to a green organization. The concepts presented here were very good. For example, give a gift the whole family could enjoy together.
Cutting energy use and lowering your carbon footprint--suggestions made apply to year round usage. The authors state that we may say goodbye to a white Christmas in the Northern United States. "Already, the local forest preserve toboggan slopes, beloved by three generations of Chicagoans, have closed." The authors believe that global warming exists, is harming the Earth, and humans can make changes to lessen the impact.
Preserving the environment--avoid holiday yard blow ups, buying new ornaments and balloons; send fewer cards (1.9 million are sold each year--Hallmark); reuse old gift wrap or use a red material gift bag over and over; use Christmas lights with LED bulbs; decorate with candy kisses, cranberries, and popcorn; use a potted tree that will live on after the holiday; reduce your fireplace usage.
Supporting local businesses--keeps money in your neighborhood; you'll receive better service; helps create and keep jobs; promotes competition and diversity; less sprawl and environmental damage; in return local businesses usually support local organizations; works toward a positive economic impact locally; you'll invest in your community.
Green Christmas evokes novel ideas and should be read by all Americans who wish to infuse eco-friendly living in their own lives and influence those around them. A Green Christmas itself is a return to the warm wishes and joyous occasions of Christmas past.
Authors Jennifer and Peter Sander live in a somewhat suburban family and consider themselves to be ordinary people and parents, who are making changes in their lifestyle for the benefit of future generations. Together their family reuses, repurposes, and recycles.
Presenting an urban viewpoint, Jennifer's sister, Anne, lives in the city of Chicago and does not own a car, recycles, buys few new items, and favors recycled Christmas trees.
Can you have a sane, eco-holiday? Of course! Authors Jennifer Basye Sander, Peter Sander, and Anne Basye had the foresight to write Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season for this exact purpose. Any questions you have about holiday entertaining, travel, gifts, decorating, and waste are answered in intelligent, easy-to-understand detail.
Green Christmas offers some very sobering details about our holidays' impact on the environment:
* Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Americans produce an extra 2 billion pounds of garbage per week. (Imaging that on a world-wide scale!)
* Every Christmas season, enough holiday cards are sold to fill a 10-story football stadium.
* If every child under the age of 6 received a quality wood toy instead of a plastic one, we'd avoid 17 million tons of plastic landfill.
Getting the whole family involved and focusing on what particularly about the holidays makes you happy (I bet it isn't spending hours trapped in shopping mall crowds.) are key to enjoy a sustainable holiday. By simply consuming less and enjoying the company of others more, you will be on your way to the greenest holiday season ever.
According to Green Christmas, enjoying the holidays sustainably doesn't mean you will be sacrificing any joy or merriment. In fact, 75-90% of people report that they feel stressed and depressed during the holidays. Instead of focusing on enormous credit card bills or silly family feuds, you can create new and positive experiences by cooking together and enjoying the outdoors.
The holidays will never be the same again, thanks to Green Christmas. Create a warm, low-pollution fire; find (or make) sustainable, affordable gifts; choose an eco-friendly tree; feed family and friends without going broke (or hungry) - you learn how to do all this and more, thanks to Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season. Give it a read and you'll soon be saying, "HO HO ECO!"