Plan for the holidays with Dionisio Winery’s preservative-free wines

It’s never too early to plan for holiday get-togethers. If good wine is a key part of your holiday fare, the top quality wines from Dionisio Winery will help make your holiday events a hit.

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Giving back for the holidays

(photo by Christine Rutz, flickr)

‘Tis the season of giving. With Christmas a week away, the flurry-scurry to find the right gifts for everyone on your list adds stress to an already stress-filled time.

As in past years, here are ideas and suggestions for gifts that give back to others.

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A Greener Christmas tree – Rent it and Plant it!

Renting a live potted Christmas tree means less mess, hassle and less landfilling

Every year, 25 to 30 million live Christmas trees are sold in the United States. Their ornaments and decorations help brighten our holiday. But after the holiday, they end up curbside as trash or, in towns offering such service, as recycling. A sad fate for such a wonderful part of Christmas.

Around the country, a new tradition is growing: renting a living tree for the holidays.

For more on the benefits of renting a live tree, the types of choices and where to find them, go to http://bit.ly/t1MkMj.

Green your holiday wrapping

Of the Earth gift wrap contains 50% recycled content

Getting even more into the spirit of the holidays means putting those holiday cards together, making sure you have the right presents and wrapping them up beautifully (or as best as you can).

Most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable. It’s usually dyed or laminated and can contain additives like gold and silver coloring, glitter and plastics.

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Green your holiday decorations

Holiday fever is rapidly setting in, with holiday lights and Christmas tree lots springing up around town. Whether you celebrate Chanukah or Christmas, it’s time to think about decorating to usher in the holidays.

There are fun, creative options to decorate “green” this year. You could make your own decorations, drawing materials from Nature to create one-of-a-kind ornaments. buy and add to something, or purchase ornaments from a company or organization that involves recycling and /or repurposing materials that would have ended up in a landfill.

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Brighten your holidays with colorful energy efficient lights

LED holiday lights are a festive addition to any room

Now that it’s officially the holiday season, it’s time to pull out that holiday stuff that’s been tucked away all year. Before diving too deeply into decorations, you might want to update and replace those strings of incandescent lights you’ve been using.

This year, there are new and exciting options to consider – LED’s and solar lights.

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Gaiam – eco-chic dressing for the Holidays

Gaiam's beautiful eco-friendly clothing that lets you look and feel great

With the holidays almost here, there are plenty of details to manage. There’s the food preparation, planning those important friends and family get-togethers and making sure you have all the decorations you need.

Then there’s dressing for the occasion – you want to look and feel great.

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