Article with the three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle (and a MAKE mention! We’d like to say 4 Rs, re-Make: !).

Shopping stress and hall-decking frenzy is just so last year. Try thinking through everything about your holidays, whether it’s the food you prepare, the trips you take or the way you celebrate, and break it all down using the three Rs of simplifying — reduce, reuse, recycle. Rethinking your routine might make it simpler this year — and less stressful in the future….

Everything: There’s fun to be had with all the old sweaters, shoe boxes and computer cables shoved to the back of the closet and a little creativity. If the old imagination is a little rusty, don’t worry: There’s lots of help out there. Check out Instructables.com for step-by-step, how-to instructions for almost everything in life, including gift ideas like recycled lamps, kids’ book clocks, homemade bubble bath and speakers from cereal boxes and dolls. For a science and technology spin on DIY projects, check out the Web site for Make magazine at Makezine.com.