Holidays

We’ve gathered together resources, educational offerings, blessings, gift-buying guides, and more to help you and your faith community care for creation during every holiday season. So whether you are putting away your orange Halloween decorations, polishing a silver Menorah, or planting yellow tulips, on these pages you will find resources to make all of your holidays green. In all that you celebrate, GIPL encourages us all to practice the  Four R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Return to the central meaning of the holiday for a more sustainable witness.

Sustainable Celebrations

In Sustainable Celebrations we have consolidated resources and ideas from many of the faith traditions that celebrate especially during the winter season. Our hope is that as you use this guide for your own witness, you also learn something about what our brothers and sisters in other faiths are doing to celebrate this season. May all our celebrations be sustainable and earth-honoring!

Green Gift Ideas

Make a Green Gift to GIPL in honor of your favorite person! Your gift will ensure that the faithful work of Creation Care continues to grow across Georgia.

12 Easy Green Alternatives to Wasteful Gift Wrap – No matter what you buy, here are some green ways to wrap your gifts.

9 Green Gift Ideas – There are lots of ways to give give gifts that are environmentally friendly.

Treehugger Gift Guide: Have a Slow Holiday – This guide, with 12 categories and over 100 ideas, highlights gifts that reflect thoughtfulness, longevity, and quality over quantity.

Green Gift Guide – The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish life presents a comprehensive Green Gift Guide for any and all of your gift buying holidays.

New Year's

How to Go Green – New Year’s – Tips for Greening your New Year’s Eve celebrations from Planet Green.

Mulled Apple Cider for New Year’s Eve – My mouth is already watering.

Jewish High Holy Days

18 Green Tips for Rosh Hashanah: An Eco-Kosher New Year – From organic apples and honey to beeswax candles and solar ovens, this list covers a wide variety of ways that you can have a more sustainable Rosh Hashanah.

4 crafts for Rosh Hashanah – Ring in the Jewish New Year with these easy eco-crafts that will help your kids celebrate this special holiday.

A Rosh Hashanah Sermon – A sermon sample provided by the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.

5 Ways Yom Kippur Can Green The World – Here are some tips on how to carry the principles of Yom Kippur into your daily life.

Lent

Eco-spirituality and Lenten Practice – Developed by Father Loren Kerkof

Caring for Creation: A Prayer/Action Guide for a Lenten “Fast from Carbon” – From Joanne Kennedy Frazer of North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light.

Earth Day

GIPL Earth Day Resources – Check out the various ways to incorporate Creation Care and Earth Day into your worship service.

Celebrate Earth Day with Disney Family! – This website has a ton of ideas that could be incorporated into children’s activities, including crafts, coloring pages, and snacks.

Why Earth Day is a Jewish Holiday – A reflection by Robert Rabinowitz from the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life. Explore the COEJL website for many other resources that could be used for celebrating Earth Day in Jewish communities.

Easter

Green Living Ideas: Simple Recipes for Natural Egg Dyes – After you get your Free Farmed or Organic Eggs why not dye them naturally as well?

The Huffington Post’s Green Easter Guide – Some great tips to for your Easter.

Sukkot

Sustainable Sukkot – A reflection on the meaning of Sukkot.

Sukkot: The Environmental Perspective – An article compiling suggestions for greening Sukkot.

“Ye Shall Live In Booths” And Be With Nature During Sukkot – A reflection on the sustainable nature of Sukkot.

Ramadan

I’m Dreaming of a Green Ramadan – From food and waste to energy usage and reflection on the Quran, this article provides tips for greening your Ramadan this year.

Have a Blessed Green Ramadan – Another article about greening Ramadan with an emphasis on reducing Carbon footprints.

Detox your life: Take the ‘Buy-Nothing-Ramadan’ Challenge – During the Holy month of Ramadan, followers have the opportunity to reflect on and reduce their consumption patterns with the “buy-nothing” challenge.

Fourth of July

8 Ways to Green 4th of July – Eight tips for a green holiday from Earth 911.

Are Fireworks Bad for the Environment? – Visit Mother Nature Network to find out.

Red, White & Green – Green your Fourth of July with these tips from Inhabitat.com

5 Ways to Green Your 4th of July – An article from the Sierra Club.

Halloween

Green Halloween Costumes – Tips on creating an eco-friendly ensemble from Green Living.

Homemade Face Paint – These easy face paint recipes show how to make homemade face paint using common household ingredients so you can skip on buying face paint, which is not regulated by the FDA.

Light Your Pumpkin with LEDs  – Easy instructions on greening your jack-o-lantern this year.

8 Ways to Green Your Trick-or-Treat – Ways to go green on Halloween.

Thanksgiving

Green Thanksgiving Food Ideas on a Budget – Here are several eco-friendly options for your turkey this year.

Vegan Holiday Recipes – Celebrate a vegan holiday with this comprehensive list of vegan recipes – from appetizers and side dishes to faux turkeys and desserts.

Alternative Thanksgiving Ideas – Provided by the Just Living, Enough for Everyone Program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Thanksgiving Centerpieces – Make your own centerpieces this year. These ideas incorporate elements of the natural world, like nuts, berries, and dried fruit.

Chanukah

Eco-Friendly Hanukkah Traditions – From candles, to dreidels, to food choices.

Green Hanukkah – How the oil-conservation miracle inspires environmentalism.

Advent and Christmas

The Low Carbon 12 Days of Christmas – A half-page handout developed by Rev. Pat Watkins of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light.

35+ Amazing Ways to Have an Eco-friendly Holiday with Your Family

Ideas for Reclaiming Advent and Christmas – Provided by the Just Living, Enough for Everyone Program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Vegan Holiday Recipes – Celebrate a vegan holiday with this comprehensive list of vegan recipes – from appetizers and side dishes to faux turkeys and desserts.

Reduce Waste During the Holidays – A little thinking ahead will go a long way in cutting the amount of trash you produce during the holiday season.

Advent Liturgy – from New York IPL

Praying with Creation – a list of worship resources for several holidays, including Advent and Christmas from Web of Creation.