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How To Celebrate an Eco-friendly, Creative and Traditional Christmas

Updated on June 24, 2013
A typical traditional Christmas - visit a church on Christmas day
A typical traditional Christmas - visit a church on Christmas day

These days, the world is rapidly changing and so is Christmas. We are now living in a virtual world surrounded by gizmos and gadgets, tablets, social-networking and such. Christmas is 6 months away......unfortunately it is very much part of the already commercialized world and hence Christmas is no longer celebrated in the right spirit. People, instead of enjoying traditional Christmas festivities, are now more interested in the festive sales, corporate parties, online-shopping, latest movie releases and all. A year ago, I had witnessed many dramatic changes concerning the Christmas season: people preoccupied with the theme of Christmas parties; modern makeovers of Christmas trees, the Nativity of Jesus Christ, wreaths, etc; many shopping malls started "early Christmas" for their own monetary benefits; food delivery replaced home-preparations; preference of ordered gifts over personalized presents; rising demand of hi-tech toys by kids; aggressive web-marketing of Christmas gifts; eating out with friends at swanky restaurants or clubs instead of home family-gatherings and the list goes on........

Not only Christmas got commercially exploited but also lost a touch of creativity and the considerable amount of enthusiasm to preserve the important Christmas traditions.

How many times these wonderful proverbs such as 'It is better to give than to receive', 'Share and share alike', etc ring a bell yet we have remained deaf to them! Christmas, as we all know, is the birthday of Jesus Christ, who taught us so many valuable lessons yet we have discarded them for our own self-interests! Instead of considering Christmas as a season of prayer, pure joy and togetherness, we look upon it as a materialistic festival of enjoyment.

It is high time we need to pull up our socks and make plenty of amends to revive the rightful traditions of Christmas.

A happy family on Christmas day
A happy family on Christmas day

Solutions for a meaningful Christmas:

1. Instead of going out for lavish dinners or outside parties, opt for a home get-together with your loved ones

Remember that the family comes first. There is a great sense of harmony and amity in private Christmas celebrations with your families. Nothing can ever be better than a lovely close-knit family gathering on Christmas day in the world!

How to make a 3-D Christmas tree cake


2. Instead of ordering food, cook homemade food and bake typical Christmas desserts

Christmas is about celebrating love. Preparing a delicious feast for your loved ones is a beautiful way of expressing love.

For easy Christmas recipes, visit the following:

www.nigella.com/

www.rachelallenbake.com



3. Participate in Christmas carol-singing groups

No Christmas is complete without singing carols. Take part in them with zest and zeal to keep the traditions of Christmas alive and also to spread cheer around.




HELP THE NEEDY, NOT THE GREEDY.
HELP THE NEEDY, NOT THE GREEDY.

4. Involve in charity works


Remember one important verse from the Holy Bible - 'Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitability'. This single line should transform into massive action by actively engaging in local charity organizations and donations for the needy and the underprivileged.

To get involved in charity organizations, visit the following:


  • www.christmasspiritfoundation.org
  • www.crisis.org.uk/
  • Angel Tree
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Toys for Tots
  • Donation4Charity.org
  • www.toybox.org.uk/
  • www.operationgive.com
  • www.salvationarmy.com/




Organize a Christmas carnival for charitable cause.
Organize a Christmas carnival for charitable cause.

5. Set up fetes / carnivals for causes

I remembered that a few years ago, in my college they hosted Christmas carnival year after year not just for the students to indulge in Christmas festivities but also for charitable services. Create your own carnival / fete in your neighbourhood, charity-fundraising event, etc to ensure the striking balance between bestowing the traditional Christmas festivities on visitors and lending your hands to the deprived.

For setting up Christmas carnivals, visit www.ehow.com

Make your own Christmas crafts at home.
Make your own Christmas crafts at home.

6. Add a creative element to the Christmas season

Make gorgeous Christmas tree ornaments, using your ideas and imagination. There are loads of art programmes, books and websites which guide you in making homemade Christmas crafts. Also create your own personalized presents for your relatives and friends, using your talents. These creative activities save heaps of dollars and time in crowded malls!

For creative ideas, visit www.artattackfun.com and www.artattack.com


DIY Nail Polish Christmas Ornaments

7. Educate your children

Teach your children to observe the original traditions of Christmas and initiate them into the partaking of the creative activities, charitable causes and carol singing groups. Let kids believe in Santa Claus, stockings, mistletoe, etc to ignite their innocent imagination and experience the magic of Christmas! Advise your children to preserve the true Christmas traditions and pass them effectively to the next generation.

9. Adopt Green Christmas

Today global warming issues and Al Gore Jr's strong environmental concerns propel us to go green in Christmas time.

Some eco-friendly tips included:

i. Make your own Christmas tree either out of recyclable handicraft materials or young trees from your garden. Try to opt for potted trees which can be re-planted into your garden after Christmas season. Avoid synthetic Christmas trees as they are made of harmful chemicals.

ii. Make the best use of recyclable materials for creating cards, presents, decorations, etc.

iii. Instead of neon lights, use your creative handicrafts in creating décor and outside-home decorations.

iv. "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" rule!

For more eco-friendly ideas, visit the following:

www.greenchristmas.com

www.greenchristmas.org.uk


Traditional Christmas tree                                                      Versus
Traditional Christmas tree Versus
                        Ultra-modern Christmas tree
Ultra-modern Christmas tree

8. Stick to the traditional Christmas


I am not a fan of ultra-modern makeover of Christmas trees. The Christmas tree in space avatar or sort of Picasso style is a big turn-off!

The traditional Christmas tree represents Christmas season and need not be distorted to one's fantasy!

The same principle of originality applies to the Nativity of Jesus Christ, wreaths, etc.

A potted tree to be used after Christmas season - an eco-friendly idea.
A potted tree to be used after Christmas season - an eco-friendly idea.

10. Last but not the least - visit a church on Christmas day

I remind all of you that Christmas is not only the time for sharing, caring, helping but also praying to Jesus Christ on his birthday and thanking him for all the small and big joys he brought to our lives. Sing hymns in his glory and at the end of the day, all of you will be filled with peace and renewed faith.

It is never too late. If we all make sincere effort, the overall result would would be a mammoth success not only to celebrate Christmas in its true spirit but also rejoice Jesus Christ's arrival into our world and seek his divine blessings.

Copyrights © 2011 by Ishwaryaa Dhandapani



An amazing hub by the well-known hub-author

Here is an extremely helpful hub by billybuc (Bill Holland) filled with economical ideas about celebrating Christmas in a creative and reasonable manner.

Frugal Christmas Ideas: Living Simple

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ radhikasree: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. I am glad to hear that you agreed with some points mentioned here. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

    It was a fantastic hub on Christmas. I liked your point of doing charity work during this auspicious occasion. Doing craft works of your own also would raise the festive spirits in each and every household.

    Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared too.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Au fait: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & very encouraging comments but also sharing your enthusiasm to create homemade creative decorations & gifts. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    Love the nail polish Christmas balls video how to and the idea. This is when people who like to have a homemade Christmas usually get started on their homemade gifts and decorations. You have lots of other great ideas in here too.

    Voting this hub up, useful, interesting and beautiful. Will share with my followers and pin to my "Crafts" board -- and I've started following you on Pinterest too.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Thelma Alberts: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing about your beautiful Christmas celebrations. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

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    Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

    What a great hub! I agree with you. Christmas should be practiced in traditional way. Eco friendly as you said it. For me, there´s no Christmas without visiting the holy mass on that day. It´s a part of the celebration. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family;-)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ teaches12345: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & for your encouraging comments but also about how you celebrated your Christmas. Wishes you & your family Merry Christmas. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    Ishywary, thanks for posting this. I believe you have touched upon how Christmas is really meant to be celebrated. We keep ours simple at home and do many of the suggestions you have listed. Blessings.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rebeccamealey: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments. Wishes you & your family Merry Christmas. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you not only for the second visit and read but also sharing your wise and sensible points about simplifying Christmas - I completely agree with you. Merry christmas to you & your family. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ mary615: Hi, thank you a lot for the second visit & for your heartwarming comments as well as about your beautiful & thoughtful Christmas celebrations. Recently, I read your amazing gingerbread house hub and will read other related hubs of yours soon. Wishes you & your family a Merry Christmas. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    A beautiful Hub! Thanks for sharing and the effort that you have put forth to encourage everyone to move back toward a more traditional (and eco-friendly Christmas)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Hi Ishwaryaa,

    On the occasion of Christmas I am here to read your fantastic hub once again. You have raised some key issues here. We really need to simplify Christmas celebrations back to the good old days when it used to be a time for family get togethers, collective dining at home, singing of christmas carols, follow Christ's path of love for humanity by spreading goodwill and cheer around, especially among the under priviledged. The idea of having a green Christmas is a great one.

    A fine hub with a great message.

    Voted up, useful, awesome and shared!

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    I just came back for a reread to remind me of your thoughts and to share this with others. I like the list of charitable organizations you mentioned, too. I just published a Hub about that subject.

    I just baked the gingerbread house, and made sugar cookies to mail out to some friends, so I'm trying to get into the spirit.

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ CrisSp: Hi, thank you not only for the visit and read but also for sharing your beautiful memories and how you celebrated your Christmas and all. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Happy hubbing. Take care

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Great useful and very practical tips you have here. I love all your eco-friendly ideas of celebrating Christmas. Your hub also reminded me of my younger years, when I used to participate in the choir and we hopped house to house singing Christmas carols within the neighborhood. Oh, nostalgia!

    For me, nothing beats celebrating Christmas at home in the comfort of my pajama sharing homemade goodies, stories and blasting laughter with family (and friends).

    Voting up and sharing the goodness.

    Merry Christmas to you!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ midget38: Hi, thank you a lot for the third visit. Hope you have a lovely & traditional Christmas with your loved ones. Merry Christmas in advance. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Ish, in again to say that this is a great hub for the Yuletide season...as we celebrate, we often forget to be conscious of our environment!! Sharing this great hub!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Deborah Brooks: Hi, nice to see you. It is indeed heartwarming to know that you do many Christmas chores on your own. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Merry Christmas to you & your family. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Merry Christmas to you my dear.. I do all my own cooking.. my own decorating and cleaning.. we don't go to Christmas parties any more we are retired. this is a great hub.. I so agree with you..

    sharing and pinning

    Debbie

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ idigwebsites: Thank you for the visit & for your heartwarming comments. It is nice to know that you and your family celebrate Christmas together every year. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

    Without a doubt, the holidays are the best time to be creative, especially with re-doing trinkets from old things. We still have our Christmas tree which we've been using for a number of years, as well as decorations; they're old but they're still ok.

    I agree that Christmas is celebrating love. And I think celebrating family as well. For years we've been helping to prepare for our Christmas dinners -- all of us in the family participate on that, which is sweet.

    Great hub all around. Voted up and beautiful. :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ wheelinollver: Hi sir, thank you for the visit & sharing your thoughts about making sure that Christmas is not commercial. Wishes you Happy Christmas in advance. Take care

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    Dennis Thorgesen 4 years ago from Central United States

    We are working on this the holidays are too commercial. Even though we are in business and our best month traditionally is November we believe simple is better. We don't don't sell a product which has special use to anyone other than people trying to market their products. This time of year is always a rush to get things done.

    voted up and sharing for you ishwaryaa22

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ bizwin: Hi, thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Wishes you Happy Christmas in advance. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

    Awesome hub list of Christmas ideas. Great reminder of what the season represents.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Jackie Lynnley: Hi, thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Yes, you are absolutely right about doing for the needy. Merry Christmas to you in advance. Take care

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    You have wonderful Christmas ideas. I have always tried to keep Christmas real and what it really is about. I think there could not be a better gift to Christ for His birthday than doing for the needy. Up and sharing. Merry Christmas.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ CASE1WORKER: Thank you not only for the read but also sharing about your following Christmas traditions wisely. Happy Christmas in advance. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Peggy W: Thank you a lot. Christmas is approaching soon. We need to celebrate this beautiful festival in a meaningful manner. Wishes you a very happy Christmas in advance. Take care

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    CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

    This is the type of christmas we have been aiming for (for quite a while) carol singing in the old folks home, carol singing in the pub church, evrything we can do- even if you are not of a christian religious faith, as many of our neighbours aer, you can surely agree that a time for reflection and care for other is a good thing.

    Voted up

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Came back to share this hub now that we are approaching the Christmas season again. What you have focused on is much more meaningful than what many people find themselves doing at this time of year.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Dolores Monet: Hi, thank you for the visit and sharing your engaging comments. Christmas is indeed a beautiful celebration and a great day to spend with your loved ones. I completely agree with you that the stores & malls started 'early Xmas' for the sake of high profits, which is indeed upsetting. Happy Christmas in advance. Take care

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    Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

    I love Christmas, such a wonderful time to spend with friends and family. And dark winter looks so beautiful with all the decorations. But seeing decorated Christmas trees in the stores in early October drives me crazy. One year, I went out for tree lights 2 weeks before the holiday - it was impossible to find the ones I was looking for.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Becky Katz: Hi, thank you not only for the visit and for your encouraging comments but also sharing about yourself and your thoughtful family. Your deeds are very noble. Keep it up. Wishes you & your family a very Happy Christmas in advance. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

    Beautiful hub. I have been doing this for years. I will pick a poor family and deliver a Christmas meal and a gift for all on Christmas Eve. I just put it on the step, knock and run. I will hide around the corner to look at their faces when they find it.

    My kids know to plan on spending a day decorating the house in garlands, lights and ornaments. Now they do the same in their homes after they help me do mine. I am getting older, LOL.

    We all go to church all the time but they know that they better not miss Christmas service.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Justsilvie: Thank you for the read and for your very encouraging comments. Wishes you a Happy Christmas in advance. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Docmo: Hi, you are right that Christmas is just 2 months away. Thank you for the visit & for your thoughtful comments. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Justsilvie 4 years ago

    Very nice hub. I love Christmas but hate the shop till you drop attitude and the look of "is that all there is" when it over. Voted up and shared!

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    Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

    This is a timely reminder of Goodwill and cheer, Ish, your points about the true spirit of Christmas are well made. I'm sharing this as we are only 2 months away from the season of serenity and celebration... Well said!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ ElleBee: Thank you not only for the read but also sharing about you & your family's thoughtfulness! This is all about celebrating Christmas in the practical way. Happy Christmas in advance. Take care

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    ElleBee 4 years ago

    NUmbers 2 & 3 are definitely what my family does! I do go to some Christmas parties but usually their in friends homes unless they're work functions. My family would never dream of having our Christmas dinner out somewhere, or ordering food - but then I guess that mostly has to do with our typically haing 20 or more people for a holiday! It would cost a fortune to order in that much food.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ midget38: Hi, nice to get the second visit from you! It is always an honor to get the visits from you. Happy hubbing. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ remaniki: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your very encouraging comments. It is important to celebrate festivals in the right spirit. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Written Up: Thank you for the read & for your very encouraging comments. Enjoy your beautiful Christmas this year. Take care

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Coming in again to say...getting seasonal, getting seasonal!!

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Ishwaryaa,

    Very interesting indeed. A good reminder to keep up the good old traditions and celebrate Christmas in all its pomp and glory. Great hub. Enjoyed and shared everywhere. Cheers, Rema.

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    Written Up 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

    Love your ideas here. I will definitely keep this in mind as we plan our Christmas activities this year. I look forward to reading more of your articles.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Mama Kim 8: Hi, yes Christmas is just around the corner and it is high time we revive the rightful Christmas traditions. Thank you for the visit and for your thoughtful comments. Take care

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    Sasha Kim 5 years ago

    Now this is what Christmas should be about! Wonderful hub ^_^ With the holidays right around the corner this is the perfect time to share this hub all over! Voting a bunch as well ^_^

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ mary615: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your thoughtful comments. I completely agree with you about unnecessary massive spending money which is sad. Christmas is a beautiful and wonderful festival and need to be celebrated in a meaningful manner. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ midget38: Hi, you are absolutely right about Christmas losing its meaning due to modern technology which is really very sad. Christmas is a beautiful and wonderful festival and need to be celebrated in a sensible and traditional manner. Thank you for the visit and for your engaging comments. Take care

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    I couldn't agree with you more! I wrote a Hub about why I hate Christmas. I don't like it because people spend too much money on things they can't afford. I enjoyed this Hub a lot.

    I voted it UP, and shared.

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    Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

    Lovely suggestions, Ish. I love just being with family for Xmas, and I agree, with modern technology, Xmas loses it's meaning. Shared!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Janine Huldie: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & for your encouraging words but also sharing about your warm family-oriented Christmas celebrations. Take care

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    Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

    Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays, especially when I was kid and we had the big family Christmases. I look back on that time with complete fondness and nothing but wonderful memories. We still do a family oriented Christmas and now that I have kids we try so hard to make it special for them too with both sides of the family. That said I couldn't agree more about it being a shame that it has truly become commercialized and agree we need to keep in mind why we celebrate this holiday and its true meaning and importance too. I loved the DIY Nail Polish Christmas Ornaments, they look like a great project to try to so pretty. Have voted up and shared all over too!!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tammyswallow: Hi, thank you for the visit & your comments always encourage me. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your engaging comments. Yes, unfortunately, festivals have become commercialized and it is high time we pull up our socks and preserve the traditions of these festivals. Take care

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Excellent tips Ishwaryaa! It is hard to believe it is almost time for another Christmas. Great hub!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    This is a lovely reminder of what Christmas stands for and how it should be celebrated. Today, even traditional religious festivities have become commercialised. You have hit the nail right on the head with this hub.

    I hope your hub makes us think of celebrating Christmas and other festivals in the traditional way.

    Voted up, useful and beautiful and shared.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sunshine625: Hi, thank you for the visit & your comments always encourage me. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ DeborahNeyens: Thank you for the read and for your very encouraging comments. Take care

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Awesome and useful tips Ish. Thank you for creating this hub!:)

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    Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

    These are some great ideas that really reflect the true spirit of the season.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ billybuc: Hi! Thank you for the read and sharing your encouraging views. Take care.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    All great suggestions for the holiday season. Very well written.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Ruchira: Hi, yes you are right. Unfortunately, such important festivals are commercialised to a great extent. Hopefully, this will be curbed soon. Thank you for the visit and sharing your insightful views. Take care.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    good tips, ishwarya22. Festivals are the time when people tend to splurge in all ways and it affects our mother earth.

    voted up as interesting and useful

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Brett. Tescol: Hi, thank u. Your visit & comments always encourage me. I am glad that u agreed with this hub. Take care.

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    Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

    Wonderful advice. Christmas has become a commercial run away train. It is time people got back to family and sharing.

    Thanks for SHARING.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ alocsin: Christmas is one of the most important and beloved festivals in the world. I like to see Christmas being celebrated and observed in a non-commercial and traditional manner. Glad this hub is useful to you. Thank u for the visit.

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Since I missed this last Xmas, I'll save it for next. I like the singing carols -- very eco-friendly. Voting this Up and Useful. Thanks for SHARING.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Millionaire Tips: Thank u for visiting and reading. Christmas is a beautiful occasion to honour the birthday of Lord Jesus Christ and follow his valuable lessons by celebrating Christmas in the right spirit.

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    These are great ideas about maintaining the Christmas spirit. It really is too commercialized and we have lost the community spirit and goodness messages.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Peggy W: Thank you for your invigorating comments. Yes, you are right. Even in my country, where Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare and joy, even it is commercialised to a great extent. It is high time people need to understand the true spirit of Christmas and continue to follow the typical traditions of Christmas.

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    The marketing of Christmas seems to begin earlier and earlier each year and since most retail stores make the majority of their profits at year's end, this is not likely to stop. You have focused your efforts on the true meaning of Christmas which is lovely. Thank you. Voted up and beautiful.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tammyfrost: Thank u. Yes, spending Christmas with family is a real blessing!

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    Tammy Frost 5 years ago from Oregon

    I know now Christmas is over but I wanted to say you have mentioned some meaningful tips here. Family Christmas dinner is always a blessing. Thanks.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Senoritaa: Thank u

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    Senoritaa 5 years ago

    Your hub is truly meaningful. Everything, even celebrations have taken that monetary turn nowadays. You make a very good point.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @labnol: Thank u.

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    labnol 5 years ago

    Great Hub ishwaryaa.

    Really enjoyed reading this.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ TwilightDream: Thank u.

    Season Greetings to u.

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    TwilightDream 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    Voted up. This hub is really interesting. While everybody is busy celebrating Christmas, I appreciate your keen interest on sharing these wonderful eco-friendly and creative ideas for celebrating traditional Christmas.

    Keep writing! Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year!!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Deborah Brooks: Thank u & Merry Christmas 2 u!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND BLESSINGS TO YOU.. I love this HUB. You are so good to put this together for us. To remind us the Traditions of Christmas and what is important.

    I voted up and awesome.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ molometer: Thank u & Wish u the Same.

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    molometer 5 years ago

    What a very thoughtful and sensible hub, I agree with you completely.

    Well written and very important to remember the real meaning of Christmas.

    You may want to read my hub on this topic. 'Sanity Clause' check it out. I think it will give you a giggle.

    Seasons Greetings.