The holiday season is typically a season of excess – gifts, travel and holiday cheer add up quickly when you're trying to watch your carbon footprint. Make this year different with help from I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas, a book dedicated to keeping the holidays as eco-friendly as possible. This beautiful book (made of 100 per cent post-consumer waste recycled paper) features everything from recipes for organic appetizers to craft ideas, all focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling. What I love best is the shift in focus; the holiday season has become - as I have discovered since becoming part of a couple and suddenly facing two families' worth of people to buy for - all about "stuff." The eco-friendly theme of this book brings the holidays back to what they used to be about: meaningful time spent with your family and friends, decorating, cooking and giving gifts that mean something. Whether this book inspires you to craft gifts for everyone out of recycled materials or simply try to be a bit greener this holiday season, any effort made is an eco-friendly step in the right direction. Amen to that, Jen. [caption id="attachment_933" align="alignleft" width="156" caption="It's more than just dreaming! You can make a green Christmas a reality with this book."] [/caption] To see a sneak peek of what this book has to offer, check out these crafts: • Make pretty cork place-card holders • Vintage egg decoration • Make a nature inspired garland And, in honour of a green Christmas, I'm giving away one copy of I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas. Just subscribe to my blog and leave a reply here telling me about your favourite holiday ornament. I'll announce a winner on Friday, December 4!