Read This If You Don’t Want To End Up In Santa’s Naughty List

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout; I’m telling you why.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Now, who else sang these lines instead reading them? I bet all of you did. Well, we’ve got to give it to J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, for creating such a classic Christmas hymn. It’s definitely one of the catchiest holiday songs of all time! When “-ber” months hit, there’s no way you wouldn’t hear these lines tuning in the radio or TV. People are so excited about Christmas that when the month of September comes around, everyone is instantly filled with the holiday spirit.

Such is the magic of Christmas.

Tell me, what comes to your mind when you hear that the yuletide season is near. Is it Christmas trees? Or maybe mistletoes? How about presents? Yep, lots and lots of presents. While all of these things are pretty much characteristic of Christmas, one other thing comes to mind when the meritorious season hits – and no, it’s not something Santa will get you on the nice list for.

I’m talking about Christmas Waste.

As shown in this infographic, the amount of garbage and waste products generated year after year during the holidays is ginormous. Trees, plants, and flowers used for decoration rot and get thrown away in the dump. Just imagine how wasteful it is to kill plant life for the sake of aesthetics only to throw them out when they start to wither. Instead of killing innocent trees and plants, wouldn’t it be better to let bloom to their utmost potential. Plant life contributes greatly to the preservation of our environment. Reducing their numbers doesn’t help one bit in the fight against pollution and global warming.

Then again, people have always had this instinctive ability to destroy everything beautiful – sad as that may sound.

Another big problem is the use of disposable goods. Everything is instant and replaceable nowadays. While I do understand the logic behind using disposables during the holiday season, I still cannot tolerate its adverse effects to the environment. Sure, it’ll be easier to clean up after rad Christmas parties. But the countless bags of trash that result from the festivities are such an eyesore. Imagine that much non-biodegradable trash polluting the earth and the seas. It’s certainly not something to be jolly about – and definitely not something that’ll make Mr. Santa happy.

This year, make the effort. Give your best when it comes to preserving the environment. The Earth is our home and like any other home, we should shower it with lots of love and care. We should learn how to clean up after ourselves, how to recycle and reuse things instead of throwing them out. Remember: If we destroy the Earth, we destroy Christmas. Also, Santa will certainly not be happy when that happens. If you value your yearly presents, both in kind and blessing, you may want to start rethinking your ways ASAP.