New Years Eve, like many other secular (ish) holidays tend to be ridiculously wasteful. There are many ways to celebrate NYE though, without blowing a ton of money, plastic, energy and paper while still having a good time- maritimer style. I swear there are.
Here are a few ideas:
Gathering at home:
- Having friends over is a surefire way to save money, instead of going out and controling the energy used for your fun.
- Buy local wine and beer for the celebrations. Acadie Vineyards and Grand Pré make excellent local bubbly (Acadie Vineyards actually has an organic cider! Yum Yum).
- Use decorations you had during the Yulemas holidays. I just took all the sparkly bulbs donated for our Yulemas and hung them up around the apartment. Free and less to clean up afterwards!
- Instead of confetti or prepackaged plastic-y sound makers, take wrapping paper or scraps, cut up in strips and attach together for a wavy-around thingy. I mean, at midnight after all that organic cider- will you *really* notice the difference?
- Serve locally made foods and ask friends to potluck it! (although after all that baking there is no shame in serving chips. Seriously, no judgement here).
- Dance in your pretty dress with socks on in your livingroom with friends. The more random the socks, the better.
- Choose a free activity and attend with friends (tonight there's a parade and fireworks. Not exactly eco-friendly, but free!).
- Go out for supper at a sustainable restaurant in your city for yummy local food.
- Go NYE skating in an outdoor rink (Halifax now has the 'Oval' on the commons- free and fun!)
Blessings and Here Here to a New Year!