This year, as many of us have to adapt our annual holiday traditions, this could be a good time to rethink some of those traditions and make some new ones that honor our planet Earth.

The holidays are a boon to the consumer economy.  Retailers see nearly 20% of their annual sales this time of year.  While the pandemic is slowing down in-store sales, Americans have more than made up for it with online purchases and the accompanying delivery and packaging.  We have the chance to change this in our own lives, perhaps by more thoughtful gift-giving or by making the gifts we choose ones that are repurposed or built to last for decades.  Even our decorations, many of which are made in China, can be more sustainable.  For ideas on how to share a more sustainable holiday with your family and our Earth, check out these tips from Eartheasy.

If you have ideas to share or would like to write one of the weekly columns, please contact Earth Ministry committee chair, Rob Zimmerman.