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Friday, 27 November 2009

Our Top 10 Tips for an Ethical Christmas

Here are the Myakka team’s top 10 tips for making your perfect ethical Christmas.

 

Starting off the list at number 10 is the Christmas Turkey! James feels an ethical Christmas Turkey should be free range, organic, produced in the UK and have had a happy life... See: Copas Turkeys

 

At number 9 is Alexandra’s top tip passed down through the generations. When the children are asleep and Santa is visiting, join him and help eat up the mince pie and the reindeer’s carrot, but make sure you leave a few crumbs and the carrot stalk as evidence of his visit in the night!

 

At number 8 Heather adds one of the oldest surviving features of the traditional English Christmas: Mummer’s Plays. If you would prefer to watch the entertainment this year, look up your local pantomime. Wholesome fun entertainment for all the family: Big Panto Guide

 

For number 7 Corinna is recommending recycled Christmas cards. You don’t have to blow your budget to go green as these can also be some of the lowest cost cards!  Show your friends and family you care for them, and the environment. See Recycled Christmas Cards

 

Number 6 is Simon’s top tip for getting the children to bed on Christmas Eve. Rather than letting them stay up in front of the TV sneak outside, hide and ring a bell that can be heard indoors. Then have your partner shout “quick kids, I can here Santa’s sleigh bells, hurry up to bed”!

 

At number 5 are Brussels sprouts! Claire adds that generally people either love or hate Brussels sprouts, but either way locally grown organic sprouts are definitely the way forward. In fact if you are embracing the ethical and organic stance why not have an ethical Christmas dinner and place an order at your local farm shop. Find your local farm shop

 

For number 4 Ian reminds us all of the importance of kissing under the mistletoe! A traditional Christmas custom, you may not be aware that with the decline of apple orchards in the UK most mistletoe is now imported from France. For your ethical Christmas buy local English sustainably grown mistletoe this year. See English Mistletoe

 

And entering the top 3 Rich adds another traditional top Christmas tip for catching evidence of Santa Clause’s visit... If there isn’t any snow sprinkle icing sugar or flour where Santa and the reindeer will land and they will leave foot and hoof prints in the night!  Here is a link to a video: Reindeer hoof prints

Feeling flush this Christmas, hire your own reindeer: Reindeer for hire

 

At number 2 we have low energy fairy lights. Cherry loves her Christmas lights and recommends investing in highly energy efficient LED lights this year. These low voltage lights are 90% more efficient than your regular twinklers and last 1000’s of hours longer. See: LED Christmas Fairy Lights

 

And at number 1 for Christmas 2009; Georgie recommends a Fair Trade Christmas Tree. Brand new to the UK for 2009 and surely the most ethical Christmas Trees available!?

See: Fair Trade Christmas Trees

 

So in summary for your perfect ethical Christmas:

 

10. Free Range, English Christmas Turkeys

9. Top Tip: Remnants of Santa’s midnight feast

8. Pantomime / Mummer’s Plays

7. Recycled Christmas cards

6. Top Tip: Santa’s sleigh bells to get the children to bed

5. Organic Brussels sprouts

4. Sustainably grown English Mistletoe

3. Top Tip: Hoof prints of visiting Reindeer

2. LED Christmas Lights

1. Fair Trade Christmas Trees 

 

We hope you have a Happy Ethical Christmas.

 

Ethical Christmas

1 comment:

  1. Christmas Panto is our absolute best. Last year we had West End in Schools perform for the kids and it was an awesome experience: http://www.westendinschools.org.uk/christmas/

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