Clinton presentation will offer ‘Tips for Greening the Holidays’


CLINTON – It IS possible to have more fun, experience less stress and bring more joy to all we meet during the holiday season, and on Sunday, Nov. 14, “Tips for Greening the Holidays” will offer a host of ways to re-think how we celebrate religious feasts, national holidays and family get-togethers.

The second in the series “Building a Sustainable Clinton” will explore ways to find true holiday spirit by using less of the world’s goods, by cutting down on consumption and by saving energy – personal and planetary.

The session will offer party tips for green entertaining and ideas on and how to reuse and recycle — the circle of gift, as well as alternative gift ideas — gifts that keep on giving and where to find them. The upshot, according to planners, is feeling good about the choices we make this holiday season. The free, public event sponsored by the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking will be at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841-13th Ave. N., on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 2–3 p.m.

“Cutting down on consumption IS building sustainability,” said Laura Anderson, co-coordinator of the Center. 


The Nov. 14 program will feature a presentation by Clinton Pax Christi on alternative giving ideas – organizations that accept donations, such as Heifer International, recipient of this year’s World Food Prize, and send a thank-you note to the person named by the donor.  There will also be answers to the “Christmas Tree” questions – real or artificial? Where and how to recycle? and clever tips about greeting cards as well as how to recycle those, including the stamps. According to the Use Less Stuff website, the amount of cards sold during the holiday season would fill a football field 10 stories high, and requires the harvesting of nearly 300,000 trees.

Eating local foods for Thanksgiving, making ornaments from nature items, decorating with re-useables and including our feathered friends in our holiday plans are just a few of the topics slated for the power-packed hour-long program.

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