Here at Numerologist, we care SO much about helping to bring you into alignment with your true path, because we know it’s what will bring you true joy, happiness and fulfilment.
What we also care about, a lot, is doing this consciously – so that our actions (and yours) have minimal damaging impact on the people around us, and on the Earth. And wherever possible, we want to have a significantly positive impact on this beautiful gem of a planet we call home!
So as Christmas fervour heads into full swing, we want to share with you our top tips for a consciously aware but still awesomely indulgent Festive Season!
- Smile! Every exchange is an opportunity to spread some cheer, and boost someone’s day.
- Be present. Resist rushing to make everything ‘look’ perfect, sit down and be fully present with the experience of Christmas, as it is, right now.
- Choose a real Christmas tree! And consider how and where it’s been been grown. Try to get one from a sustainable source, where trees are grown according to strict guidelines, covering everything from sustainably cultivated seeds to local wildlife protection. You could also choose a tree with roots so that it can be replanted, or keep a ‘pet’ tree in a pot in your garden, bringing it in each Christmas, to join the festivities! (Our tree ‘Prickly” is in his 4th year of being part of our family!)
- Spend locally. Support local producers, traders and artisans when making festive purchases. It is often easier to simply buy what we need online or from the bigger stores, but it is SO much more enjoyable, interesting and rewarding for all involved, to make the time and effort to spend your money locally.
- And when you’re done shopping, pack all your goods into re-usable shopping bags! Or re-use plastic bags you already own.
- Buy hard-wearing and durable gifts. Avoid giving or requesting gifts that rely on disposable parts like batteries, or gifts which will lose their appeal or usefulness very quickly.
- And if you must …consider the types of batteries that the gifts you give (and receive) will require. Batteries contain toxic chemicals, don’t biodegrade and are very difficult to recycle. As an alternative, use rechargeable batteries. You could even give rechargeable batteries and a charger as part of a gift.
Do you even have to buy gifts? Consider giving an “experience” instead. Examples include cinema tickets, memberships or charity sponsorships like protecting an area of rainforest, or a species of endangered animal. WWF offers some fantastic ideas.
- Give the gift of time. Create some vouchers of your own, and offer babysitting, a
massage, an hour of helping out with paperwork, laundry, or whatever else could be truly appreciated.
- Use recycled decorations. Make your own from old CDs, or the metallic inside of juice cartons (this can also be a fun and creative way to spend time together with your kids!) There are SO many inspiring blogs out there, here’s one! Or decorate your home with products that are fairly traded and ethically sourced, not mass produced in toxic factory conditions around the world.
- Choose candles made from beeswax, soy or natural vegetable-based wax. These are so much better for your health and for the the planet, than paraffin candles (made from a byproduct of the petro-chemical industry) because they biodegrade and are smoke-free.
- Buy your fruit and vegetables loose and say no to plastic packaging. Or ensure packaging is compostable.
- Buy drinks in fewer bigger bottles rather than lots of small ones. One large bottle generates less waste than several smaller ones combined. If you’re entertaining, avoid serving people with paper or plastic plates, cups and cutlery, most of which will go straight into landfill.
- Compost the organic waste from your festive cooking. This reduces landfill, and re-introduces valuable nutrients back into the ground.
- Reduce waste by sending e-cards for Christmas, and donate the money saved to a good cause. If every American sent just one card less, over 50,000 cubic yards of paper would be saved from landfill!
- Be sure to separate and recycle all the cards, packaging and wrapping generated over the festive period, and save and pack away anything of that could be re-used for next year!
- Turn your phone off. Offer your real, undivided attention to the people around you.
- Give gratitude for everything you have. There is always somebody who has less than you.
So what will you be doing this Christmas?
How will you ensure that this is your most conscious Christmas ever?!
Share your top tips with the Numerologist community in the comments below.
Wishing you a blessed time!