The holiday season is a great time to bestow green gifts upon your loved ones, and also to practice the sustainable tips you’ve gleaned during the year. After all, adopting responsible habits is cause for celebration, whether you believe in Santa Claus, Hanukkah Harry or nothing at all.

Spending time with friends and family is paramount during the holidays, and odds are you’ll host or attend a soiree or three. If you’re welcoming people into your home, best to feed them local, organic produce

It’s also important to use produce that’s in season where you live, and therefore not being grown by artificial, inorganic means. For a list of what’s available in your neck of the woods, along with some healthy recipe ideas, check out the seasonal ingredient map at

Next, impress your pals (and impress upon them the importance of healthy living) with some amazingly green décor.

A beautiful, sustainable touch includes using vases made from 100-percent recycled, hand-blown glass, like the Chelsea red ones at Bambeco

And while those light displays on your house and lawn can be spectacular, they can also run up the electric bill. Use LED light bulbs instead of traditional ones: They last longer, and use 90 percent less energy. As with most things, when it comes to thinking green, minor changes can make a major difference.

As for gift giving, there are endless ways to show you care about your kin and the environment this holiday season. Teach your kids why and how to respect the Earth with the book, “What Does It Mean to Be Green?” by Rana DiOrio.

For the ladies, few things compare to a day at the spa. To make the experience truly carefree, locate a spa affiliated with the Green Spa Network, a non-profit trade association that promotes sustainable operating practices within the spa industry.

Check out the SKIP collection of jewelry by Carelle. All jewelry purchased helps make the dream of home real for thousands of sick and developmentally disabled children.

And because the gift of making his wife/mom/sister/girlfriend happy isn’t always enough (even though it should be), make the man in your life a little greener this year with a biodegradable watch by Sprout. Made out of corn resin, organic cotton, bamboo, and with a mercury-free battery, he’ll always know it’s time to think about the environment.

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Source: Fox News

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