Christmas is a magical time for young and old. A winter holiday to get us through the dark months full of Christmas songs, sugar cookies, time with family and if you are little the oh so exciting and long-awaited visit from Santa Claus. The countdown to Christmas starting with the first door of the advent calendar on the first of December, setting up the nativity, getting out the decorations, and choosing the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones. All culminating in Christmas day with a big Christmas dinner.
Itâ€™s easy to get caught up in the festive season and our ethics that we hold so dearly the rest of the year seem to somehow get lost in the hype. So if you are hoping to have a more ethical Christmas this year then babame have got you covered. Not only do we have ethical gifts perfect for every member of the family, we also have a great selection of beautiful traditional ethical Christmas decorations, wooden advent calendars and waste wood alternatives to artificial Christmas trees that can be used year after year.
Digging out the Christmas decorations from the back of the cupboard, rescuing them from the loft or searching in the shed is all part of the Christmas season. For some, it wonâ€™t happen until Christmas eve for others it's the beginning of December. You have to untangle the tree lights unless you have a pre-lit tree, and hopefully, not too many baubles got broken.
If you are looking to add to your collection or need some extra Christmas decorating ideas, then babame have a great selection of tree decorations from simple and rustic to shiny and sparkly perfect for any home. Whether you are looking for a Christmas decoration for the centre of the wreath, decorating ideas for the Christmas table or subtle holiday decorations to fit with your living room decor we should have something perfect to fit the bill.
The rustic natural wood cut out decorations have been handcrafted in India. They are fair trade and made from all natural materials meaning both the craftspeople who make them and the environment are getting a fair deal. The natural wood grain and smooth finish make these perfect for a real tree of one of our sustainable alternatives and they are also perfect for making personalized decorations as gifts or to remember a little one's first Christmas.
The embroidered sari decorations are perfect for adding a bit of ethical sparkle to your Christmas celebrations. Again they are fair trade and this time made from recycled material. Plus, unlike glass baubles that have to be carefully stored these will last for many a family Christmas. The Lakh baubles are even more glittery and so beautifully made.
And it's not just Christmas tree decorations. Holztiger makes the most divine wooden Christmas figures that are great toys for imaginative play but also double as gorgeous Christmas ornaments. You could create a traditional nativity scene complete with a manger or celebrate the holidays with a winter wonderland theme featuring Santa and his sleigh. You could even photograph them to use as Christmas cards.
Everyone loves a Christmas advent calendar. Opening the little door or draw each morning is exciting. A wooden advent calendar will be treasured for years to come and make the perfect eco-friendly alternative to a chocolate calendar full of plastic you have to throw away. Obviously, they are perfect for filling with fair trade chocolate. We love the Cocoa Loco organic chocolate buttons, but you can also fill with all sorts of other things.
The elf might bring a new figure for the Christmas centrepiece each morning, ribbon bows for the tree, books, or holiday experiences like a trip ice skating, a visit to see Santa or a trip to see the Christmas lights with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Plus there are lots of lovely ideas for good deeds, crafts and challenges that all are in keeping with a more ethical Christmas.
If you are aiming for a more sustainable Christmas then the tree could be a sticking point. Although a plastic artificial tree will last for years if you look after it itâ€™s still made from precious non-renewable resources. Arguably a real tree is much better than an artificial one as they can be composted or shredded into chippings to use in parks or wooded areas. However many still end up in landfill which makes them a lot less of an environmentally friendly option.
Our beautiful fair trade trees might just be the best of both worlds. Made from waste wood by a project in India who give their staff good wages, free meals and even interest-free loans if they need them. They can be unfolded into a beautiful cascading swirl or in a more haphazard fashion and look great with a string of lights and some simple hanging decorations. You can still get the lovely scent of a real tree with a few drops of essential oil and positioned carefully you could even use Christmas candles in a mini mason jar.
Plus these trees are not just for Christmas. Felt so good also make gorgeous Easter decorations so this year you can have an Easter tree as well.