Gifts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future

Melissa is following this ancient custom of rebirth, renewal and recycling
Dec 9, 2009 5:45 PM ET

Gifts of Christmas Past

Mistletoe, Yule log, stuffing stockings with treats and gifts and bringing an evergreen inside to decorate in midwinter are pagan rituals that go back millennia to the Romans, Druids and ancient Saxons. Most of these customs have been recycled in meaning and practice into today’s Christmas holiday.

Melissa is following this ancient custom of rebirth, renewal and recycling, as she incorporates the cards, ribbons, and handmade ornaments from her own Christmas Past into her Christmas Present. She adds fresh flowers and strung cranberries and popcorn, and uses low energy LED lights to help conserve Christmas Future.

What she‘s doing is a beautiful practice of taking what has meaning from the past, adding what’s fresh and beautiful from the present and passing it all on as a legacy for the future. Whether Christmas season is a deeply significant religious event or just a fun holiday for you, creating your own customs, festivities and gifts from the reused, handmade, and locally grown can add layers of meaning and message. It beats plastic schlock from a big box retailer hands down.

Reusing the gifts of Christmas Past, and conserving the gifts of Christmas Present, ensures that there will be a lovely Christmas Future! What will you do this season to conserve joy to the world? is dedicated to our users. We focus our attention on changing the world through recycling, waste-to-energy and conservation. We reward our users for their sustainable behaviors on our website, through our Greenopolis Tracking Stations and with curbside recycling programs.


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