Natural Christmas is gaining ground. Zita Majoros tells us what it means for her to try to smuggle naturalness into the Christmas period, getting ready, decorating.

ADVENT - experience based

Our children are already at the age when they started to appreciate experiences instead of / next to little nonsense and sweets. That’s why we’ve had an experience-based Advent calendar for a few years now, packed with programs like candle casting, frothy cocoa making, bath bomb making, decorating, donating, popcorn watching movies, funny photography or portraits about each other (not everyone is funny, we used to have fun with these portraits). Unfortunately, this year’s outdoor programs are dropping out, even though they loved them too - a joint ice skating or a Christmas market visit. So even more creativity and stupidity awaits us.

FA - live and rented

For a long time, 10 years, it was a very beautiful artificial pine tree, I thought it was sustainable, simple and cost effective, but a few years ago I started to miss the smell and sight of real wood. We donated the artificial pine to my children’s school (where it disappeared, and this is one of the school’s great mysteries about who stole the artificial pine ??) and I found the Oasis Horticultural Pine Rental Service. We bring a live pine in a large pot, take it back after the holidays, and half the price can be bought (there is never enough of the plants). Last year we lost the return receipt, so the pine stayed with us, so we took it to our plot in Felsőörs, planted it, and it feels fantastic there :)

The secrets of pine survival: the bigger the root! Small rooted pines are unlikely to survive planting. But the Oasis is paying close attention to this. It should be taken at the last minute and kept on the gangway or terrace for as long as possible because it is shocking in the heat, it is also a threat. We usually stay inside us for up to 5 days, until then we enjoy the sight, then we say goodbye to him and thank him for his work :)

The downside - which affects my husband the most - is the transport of the awful big, heavy, lumpy pine right and left.

Decoration - more nature

For me, the multitude of green branches is the most beautiful decoration! I usually go to the flower market in the second half of December, where I shop for all kinds of pine, thuja, and other evergreen branches. This will decorate every corner of my apartment! My big beehive lights get a green crown and the old cassette windowsill gets a green runner. I hid led lights between them, and then I supplemented them with wooden, hand-painted discs. My new discovery this year is Bükk candles made of beeswax and rapeseed wax, I want candles everywhere!

Christmas decorations

This year, donuts will receive a very special decoration. Handmade, recycled copper and crystal ornaments made by my mom. But I also love our Scandinavian-inspired wood ornaments made in Printa, they exude a truly classic Christmas atmosphere.

check out our Christmas collection

Gifts, packaging

I'm not lying, I have a background where Christmas gifts are a big deal! Everyone overflows at such times. It is still very difficult to carve out. But for quite a few years now, I've been pushing this in the direction of experiences, at least some of it.I often make gift packages for friends and the wider family to help me lead a zero waste lifestyle.

Sweets, meals:

In my kitchen, I can often solve zero waste cooking only from home ingredients, even at Christmas. The markets and the unpacked shop are my best friends at this time. Ligeti Boltos candies are never enough, I buy 2 kilos of them at Christmas (yes, 2 kilos !!!) and put them in small glass jars. I usually give gifts to teachers and staff.

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