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Celebrate a Christmas

→WORRIED ABOUT WASTE, OVERSPENDING AND GENERAL EXCESS? PLANNING A MORE MEANINGFUL FESTIVE SEASON CAN HELP YOU FEEL HAPPIER

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‘Conscious’ is this year’s buzzword – but Christmas can present a conundrum. Figures show that on average, each Christmas we get through 300,000 tonnes of card packaging and waste 30 per cent more food than the still-worrying amounts we throw away on a normal day. ‘These days, disposable income is generally higher, things are cheaper and people are more willing to get into debt,’ says ethical coach Jen Gale. A survey by the Money Advice Trust found that one in three Britons borrow money for Christmas gifts.

‘But there are some signs that things are starting to change,’ says Tim Hunt of Ethical Consumer (ethicalconsumer.org). The Fairtrade Foundation reports 25 per cent of us now actively choose fair trade when we shop, and the latest Ethical Consumers Market Report found the ethical goods and services market grew 8.5 per cent in 2015 – the market is now worth almost double the tobacco market in the UK. The way we shop is dovetailing with the soaring popularity of the Scandi lifestyle concepts of hygge – warmth, cosiness and comfort – and lagom – not too little, not too much – which refl ect our yearning for a simpler, more meaningful way of life. ‘Having a more conscious Christmas means putting more time and thought into the festive season rather than just throwing money at it – and that can increase everyone’s anticipation and enjoyment,’ says Gale. ‘The golden rule is planning in advance – you can’t leave everything to the last minute if you’re doing Christmas this way.’

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Celebrate a more meaningful Christmas this year with our special Christmas issue of Healthy. Inside you'll find ways to enjoy the big day that are more conscious, stress-free and will make you feel happier. We have recipes for a vegetarian Christmas feast so delicious that everyone will want some! Our beauty section will get you looking your party best - naturally! Plus, how to spot if you're stressed, give up alcohol for a month, and ways to help you manage arthritis. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!
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