Published on October 9th, 2009 | by Wenona Napolitano


A Review of Celebrate Green by Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson

Celebrate Green by mother daughter team Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson is the green book to have because it covers aspects of greening pretty much every holiday and celebration and it has some great ideas for the holidays that are currently coming our way.

Halloween is right around the corner and Celebrate Green has a lot to say about greening Halloween including some crafty things you can do yourself like make your own face paints, create fun costumes and decorations, even turn everyday ordinary objects into candy buckets and containers.

It’s also full of yummy recipes and fun ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The apple pie recipe for Thanksgiving, yummy and the suggestions for setting a sustainable table are great. Though I have to admit I have never seen a free range turkey or even a tofurkey in my local grocery stores and no I don’t have a Whole Foods near me. So I’ll just have to opt for going local and organic on the other foods because I am not giving up my turkey.

I really do love the Christmas ideas in Celebrate Green, the basics being reduce, reuse and recycle and then going DIY. Now that’s something I can do. I am the DIY momma. I think my motto is why pay for it when you can do it yourself?

Simple, fun old fashioned Christmas ideas are encouraged like popcorn strands for the tree, collecting pieces of nature for decor – twigs, pine cones, and live greenery.

One really great thing in the Christmas chapter is an extensive list of eco-friendly gift ideas. I found some ideas I might follow through on.

There was just one thing I was surprised by was the lack of crafts. I really expected there to be crafts. They have them on the website and often showcase them with articles and ideas about celebrating green so I figured there would be more how-tos in the book.


Plenty of ideas and suggestions but only a few actual how to directions.

That’s OK though because the book is chock full of advice and ideas for turning your celebrations green.

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

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  4. Lynn says:

    Thanks for the review Wenona. We appreciate it. We agree about crafts. There are a few in there, but not as many as we intended. Our publisher (at the time) required that we cut 50 pages from the book. Guess what got cut? We’re so glad that we’re living in the age of the internet where we can continue to showcase DIY on our website and in blogs. Lynn loves to craft and Corey loves to buy them, LOL!

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