Your Christmas tree shouldn't be the only green thing in your home this season. Read on for tips on crafting a more environmentally-friendly holiday season.
Get a real tree: Not only do the real things help produce oxygen while they're growing, afterward you can either turn them into mulch or, if you get a live tree, replant them.
Dim the lights: Christmas lights are wonderful, but how bright does your house really need to be? Cut back on the display, put your lights on a timer and use LED lights -- not only are they more environmentally friendly, they'll help cut your bill.
Embrace e-cards: Share the holiday spirit with a virtual card instead of sending one through the mail. If you do still embrace physical cards, choose some from recycled paper.
Give fewer gifts: This doesn't mean you need to be a Scrooge -- just get a little more creative. Give homemade food, tickets to a concert, gift certificates to a spa or a donation to a favorite cause in the receiver's name.
Get creative with gift wrap: Traditional wrapping paper takes a long time to decompose in the landfill, according to GreenLivingTips.com. Instead, make your own using decorated paper bags, newspapers or old calendar pictures; place gifts in a basket.
Give the gift of power: If you're buying a battery-operated toy, include rechargeable batteries and a charger with the gift, advises GreenLivingTips.com.
Go natural with decorations: Hang gingerbread men, popcorn strings, flowers and pinecones on your tree, and top it off with a dusting of fake snow by using baking soda or cotton, suggests GreenLivingTips.com.
Green your table: Set your holiday table with cloth napkins and reusable tableware, and after the food has been served, only run the dishwasher when it's completely full, advises the Environmental Protection Agency.
Look for quality: Buy gifts that are well-made and sturdy. If something is made well, it can be used longer than a flimsier item, according to the EPA.
For more green holiday tips, check out GreenLivingTips.com , Discovery's Planet Green site and the Environmental Protection Agency's holiday tips .