Lighting: Invest a few extra dollars in LED lights. They use 80 to 90 percent less energy. Set up a timer so they go off automatically at 10:30 or 11 p.m.
Wrappings: Special paper and bows are expensive and wasteful. Save a tree and some cash by using gift bags saved from last year. Try creative wrapping with fabrics, posters or magazines.
Trees: Fake trees are expensive, petroleum-based and not biodegradeable. A real tree can be taken to the county recycling facility and turned into mulch.
Holiday cards: They are expensive to buy and mail. Instead, create an email greeting that could include photos. Send individually to each person, not to an entire list at once.