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Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

“Holiday” List

Here are some ways to benefit your health and the environment all through the holiday season.

Christmas Trees

Yes, there are organically-grown Christmas trees. It’s one of those things you can’t order on the Internet, but you can find locally in some areas. Plus, learn all about the history of holiday trees, how to choose a tree, and how to decorate it in a meaningful and eco-friendly manner.

Find local organic Christmas Trees and Wreaths…
Learn more about Christmas Trees…
Our Visit to the Christmas Tree Farm…

Holiday Lights

Save energy and reduce your carbon footprint by decorating with energy-efficient LED lights.

Shope the largest selection of LED holiday lights online…

Greeting Cards

Send holiday greetings with cards made of recycled paper, or ecards. Plus many more tips about making and sending holiday greetings.

Learn more about greeting cards…


Start by reading “About Holiday Gift-Giving” for tips on giving gifts that go beyond what you can hold in your hand.

Shop local to keep your dollars circulating in your own community. I especially love to give gifts made by local craftspeople from local materials.

Give copies of my books Home Safe Home and Really Green, or books on natural living from Debra’s Bookstore

For gift ideas, browse the list of gift websites and green gift services. The services will help you choose gifts, package them up in gorgeous baskets and boxes, and ship them to your families, friends, and business associates. Even high-end luxury gifts now have environmental benefits. There’s something for every taste and budget, from the simple to the luxurious.

Browse Debra’s List for more gift ideas.

Gift Wrap

Wrap up your holiday gifts with recycled paper wrap, handmade recycled paper gift bags, or reusuable fabric gift bags. Learn how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle as you wrap–and unwrap–your gifts.

Shop for Gift Wrap…
Learn more about Gift Wrap…


Carry the light through the darkest days with natural beeswax, soy, palm, and bayberry candles.

Shop for Candles…

Sugar-free Holiday Sweets

This year I have over thirty recipes for your favorite holiday treats made with natural sweeteners. Choose from candies and confections, cookies, pies, cheesecake, plus eggnog, succulent dried-fruit fruitcake, and almost a dozen cooked and raw cranberry sauces and relishes–all made without refined white sugar or artificial sweeteners.

And if that isn’t enough, I’ve got almost over 200 more recipes for cakes and frostings, chocolates, custards, fruit desserts, ice creams, pastries, puddings, quick breads, sauces, and more…sweetened with agave nectar, barley malt syrup, brown rice syrup, date sugar, evaporated cane juice, fruit spreads, honey, maple syrup, stevia, vegetable glycerin or xylitol.

Browse holiday recipes made with natural sweeteners
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The Natural Origins of Holiday Traditions

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? When are the Twelve Days of Christmas? What’s Santa Claus all about? Where do Christmas carols come from? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you explore the roots of some of our holiday traditions, and bring more meaning into your holiday celebrations.

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