This year you can find green gift lists everywhere. They're on the news, all over the web and in the newspaper. I wonder if the idea is to make everyone so sick of "Green" stuff that there will be a counter culture to the low consumption/green counter culture.
What really gets me about these ideas for greening the holidays is how simple they are. Also, like a lot of clothing designs, they are recycled from a previous time. For example, I saw a piece on TV that showed wrapping presents in the comics section of the newspaper as a way to reduce waste. What a revolutionary idea!!! Reuse something that is still useful for another purpose!!! (Please read with sarcasm) I love how being simple and frugal is the way to be cutting edge and minimize your impact on the environment. Talk to anyone over 70 and they'll have all kinds of ideas on how to minimize waste and reuse products.
Another revolutionary idea is to buy less crap which has been promoted for a variety of reasons over the years. I was at a Costco recently (yes I shop there and I have good reasons so if you want to slam me go ahead but I will have a rebuttal) and I saw a guy with one cart just for the electronics he was buying. I know it is hard in our consumer culture to not buy things but sooner or later something will give.
We are at that in between stage of the environment vs the economy/our wants. Everybody has to try and that will mean we all need to make sacrifices. LED Christmas lights are not going to offset a lot of the other stuff we do. The hard part is that we are not in a subsistence economy so we can worry about wants. The things we want are the most expensive for the environment. I don't think anybody has a definitive answer but most will agree the status quo will only make our situation worse.
Enjoy the holidays regardless of what you celebrate or have already celebrated.