When looking at ways to simplify, consider starting with decorations. If your family purchases a Christmas tree, a living tree might be a good choice. Living trees can be purchased and planted ater the holidays are over. Or if you buy an artificial tree, it can be used over and over again. If you don’t have a place to plant a living tree but want the aunthenticity of a real tree, make sure to recycle your cut tree. When you put up ornaments, let the tree show. If some needles show after all the ornaments are hung, that’s okay. Not every branch needs to be glittering and sparkly. If you need more ornaments, consider making them from recycles materials. There are tons of Websites and library books with great ideas for ornaments, and if you remember to date your new ornaments you can look back and reminisce every year.