I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas
Wynnertu Brummer   
Thursday, 10 December 2009

Dreaming of a Green ChristmasMake your own organic Christmas gifts & celebrate in a loving & Earth friendly way this season.

Christmas time is definitely the season to be jolly. It's a time of celebration, family, festivity and giving and sharing. I love this time of year because I'm always busy with my family making all kinds of gifts and preparations with which to bless each other and our friends with.

Over the years, I have perfected the way to have a great Christmas season without the stress of spending hours upon hours of valuable family time shopping from one mall to another for the perfect gifts, only to be disappointed at the end of the day because I just can't find the perfect gifts with my budget budget.

So instead we celebrate with a Green Christmas, where the focus of this season becomes more about sharing time with family and friends, and finding enjoyable and earth friendly ways of spoiling one another and showing our love for one another.

Here are a few ideas to share with your family and friends that will make the Jolly season its Jolliest.

 
Christmas Tree

This year, Go Green. Really Green. Take the family out to your local nursery and hunt for a REAL Christmas tree. The great thing about this is that you can plant the tree afterwards, no fuss, no junk and no waste. I do this every year with my daughter and I love it. I have a few trees now and each tree (not always an evergreen) is unique and special and holds a memory of a particular Christmas time. Every now and then when I walk past one of our Christmas trees, I stop, smile and let the warm fuzzy feeling of a past joyous season full me.


Decorating the Tree

This can be a no waste, no fuss adventure too... a delicious one! The entire family can share the fun of creating beautiful tasty biscuit decorations to hang from your real tree... the thing is though... they might not stay there for very long.

Christmas Decoration Recipe
This is so much fun because the whole family can get involved!

Ingredients:
Instructions:
  • Mix butter with a mixture of the spices, bicarbonate of soda and flour until it is breadcrumb like and then mix in the sugar.
  • Beat an egg into slightly warmed honey (or rice syrup) and pour into the mixture, mixing until it becomes a soft dough. Then knead until smooth.
  • Make a 5mm thick dough layer on a floured surface and cut out biscuit shapes using various cutters. Pierce a hole in each one for putting ribbon through later on, for hanging.
  • Put two non-stick baking sheets on two baking trays.
  • Place the various shaped cut outs onto the baking sheets and bake at 190 degrees centigrade until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool and harden for about 10 minutes before placing on a wire rack till cold.

Icing:
  • 1 egg white
  • Icing sugar sifted (add bit by bit until stiff enough to put onto biscuits)
  • Natural colouring
  • Add sifted icing sugar to a beaten egg until stiff enough for piping.
  • Add colorings if necessary to brighten up the decorations.
  • Allow the biscuits to dry, put ribbons through the biscuit holes, ready for hanging on a Christmas tree.
  • Makes approximately 2 dozen


MAKE YOUR OWN GREAT GREEN GIFTS

Air Spritz & Foot Sprays
These are really fun and personal gifts to make and you can have so much fun by finding beautiful bottles or decorating your own recycle bottles. The sprays last for months on end, and are simple enough for the whole family to make.
  • Put 5 drops of your favourite essential oil into a 100ml bottle of distilled water. Shake and then enjoy the aroma.
  • A good choice is Sweet Orange which will not only scent a room but assist with refreshing your mood.
  • Ylang Ylang is also a good choice as this floral aroma sooths and calms.
  • You can also make your own foot spray by adding a few drops of peppermint into a bottle of distilled water.


Basic Floral Perfume

Blend the following ingredients into a glass bottle and mix gently. Leave for at least one week before filtering with coffee filter paper until the liquid runs clear. Store in a small glass bottle. This lovely gift will last for about one month.


Basic Musky Perfume

Blend the following ingredients into a glass bottle and mix gently. Leave for at least one week before filtering with coffee filter paper until the liquid runs clear. Store in a small glass bottle. This lovely gift will last for about one month.


Dried Fruit Snack
You can get really creative with how you present this.


Massage Oils

The advantages of making your own massage oils are ones of personal preference as well as the ability to save money on prepared potions.

To make your own massage oil you first need to choose which carrier oil to use as your base. We recommend Jojoba because, you can massage for a long time with it. It is often known as a liquid wax and is very protective on the skin. However it should never be used on its own because it does not give nourishment for the skin. It can keep for up to 5 years before it goes rancid. It can be mixed with an olive oil or sweet almond oil to make the base less expensive.

The key to deciding what to use is what effect you are going after. If you are looking to prepare a massage oil that will be relaxing for the body than you will want to combine your carrier oil with the essential oils of rosemary and bergamot . For tired feet, add peppermint to your carrier of choice. Or perhaps the oil you are preparing is to restore beauty. It is to help keep skin limber and silky smooth. This is better done with the essential oils of palm rosa, sweet orange and patchouli .

You can mix the essential oils, but the general rule of thumb is to blend 10-12 drops of essential oil to 30ml of carrier massage oil.

I can assure you that the time and love spent preparing these gifts with your family are the perfect reward to end off a year. There are so many great things to make, and so much fun to experience.

Wishing you all a delightful lead up to your holidays.

Wynnertu Brummer
Faithful To Nature
www.faithful-to-nature.co.za
Tel. 021 709 0110

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