When I asked my son what kind of party he wanted for his 5th birthday, he immediately replied, “A garden party.” He is definitely a boy after my own heart! It isn’t surprising after all of the time we spent in our garden this summer. We grew everything from spinach to pumpkins and even constructed a beautiful bean tepee which really didn’t flourish until the very end of August.
Halloween is one of those holidays (like so many others) that results in a significant amount of waste. Even worse, dangerous toxins can be found in everything from the costumes and decorations to the candy and treats. Sure those gummy rats and candy eyeballs are really cool to look at but they are inevitably made in China and chock full of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
When I was a kid, I didn’t think about my mom as a real person with feelings and thoughts. She was just my mom. She was the one who gave me food, kissed my boo-boos, and spoiled me on holidays. She made sure to always stay strong for me so I almost never saw her cry or get angry with strangers. It always shocked me to hear another person refer to my mom by her real name because she was supposed to be just “Mom.” So basically, when it came to my mom, I was really selfish.
Like most major holidays, Easter is typically filled with plastic, sugar and waste. Hand-dyed hard-boiled eggs have given way to plastic shells that are eventually tossed in landfills. Homemade treats have been replaced by sugary junk that resembles dollar store toys more than real food. And the legend of the Easter Bunny has come to life in the form of a giant polyester costume. This year, I am trying my best to have a natural, eco-friendly Easter by minimizing the waste and concentrating more on homemade gifts and treats.
Valentine’s Day is yet another one of those holidays that has the potential for excess and waste. Skip the cheap trinkets and artificial candies, and instead show your love with handmade gifts and all-natural sweets. Or better yet, celebrate the holiday by spending quality time with your loved ones.
I wasn’t always a crafty person. Every Christmas, I used to buy ornaments and decorations and boxes of processed cookies. But I recently realized how fun and satisfying it is to make things by hand. And an added bonus is the look in my son’s eyes as he delicately paints a salt dough ornament or collects pinecones from our yard for his handmade wreath.