I broke my own rules and decorated for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving. But you know what else?
I AM DONE WITH SHOPPING FOR PRESENTS!
This week has been a very productive holiday spirit kind of week. My Thanksgiving menu is planned and groceries have been purchased. All of the presents we needed to get this year have been purchased and are on their way to our house to be wrapped as I type these words.
This means that for the rest of the holiday season, all I need to do is sit back and relax and engage in holiday cheer! (I watch The Grinch recently, hence all the Grinch references)
I kept our decorations fairly minimal this year. Mostly because minimal is all we can fit in our apartment. I also wanted to keep a pretty tight budget for decor so we could put more money in to gift giving and honestly saving for our move coming up in January. All the same we wound up with almost more Christmas feelings in our home than any of the years I felt inclined to buy a bunch of stuff to decorate!
OUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Chairs are always the most utilized clutter catchers, especially in the outerwear department. So while one living room chair has gotten a little Christmas love, our other has been utilized as a coat rack because I just don’t see the point in hanging up hooks in an home we’re about to leave.
We opted to not get a tree this year. I know, it’s crazy but it’s actually turned out to probably be for the best. With a toddler that has extra grabby hands I kind of feel like the tree would have lost all the decorations our boy could reach within two seconds. Plus a real tree is a mess and I haven’t found a fake one I love (though this one from Target was extremely tempting and definitely would be mine if I didn’t have a strict budget).
We did add some hand-me-down ornaments from my grandmother - that have been in her possession for over 50 years so how can I not love them? - on our house plants along with some of those dainty little string lights set up like a nest in the bed of one of our trees.
If you don’t have a ton of ornaments and you want to avoid overspending, this DIY is one I would love to try one day.
We have a Santa standing next to one of the trees that was also a hand-me-down, though we still haven’t decided what we’re going to do about Santa with our kids. We’re leaning more towards not going down the Santa road, simply because we’re not the most religious so from that perspective it kind of just makes Santa all about presents which is just not what I want to make this time about.
What’s your take on the Santa tradition?
One tradition we have for our family is getting some kind of decoration with the year on it every year. We’ve been doing this since Ian’s and my first Christmas as a couple in 2014, but that snow globe sadly broke 2 years ago during a move so we’ll just have to keep that one in our memories. For now, we’ve got 2015-2018 so we’re doing good!
A good tip for decorations is to draw your own! I am not an artist in the slightest, but with the help of some nice pens and colored pencils, I was able to make this little master piece that comes out every year.
We picked up this little village from my grandparents last year and I’m thinking I might try to expand it throughout the years. This year, I added trees to the collection to add a little pizzazz and bring everything a little more together. Plus they were $1 at target so, why not?
If you haven’t noticed, we have some fun looking breakables within reach of our 1.5 month old toddler this year so rather than constantly saying, “no” or skipping the decorations all together, I’ve taught him the value of grabbing things with two hands and gently placing them on the floor.
Just taking a couple days of watching him and doing it with him has made it so I don’t even have to worry about any breaks in the decor! - okay fine, he broke an ear off of our 2015 Micky Mouse ears ornament (that we got on our honeymoon) during the first few days when I didn’t have a close eye on him, but I can glue it back on so no harm done. Still a valuable lesson non-the-less!
This tree is another DIY that I’ve been wanting to do for years! Honestly, if I only spent $10 on garland and a couple bucks on a chalk paint pen, I’d be set. $10 gets you 50 feet of garland at target which makes this tree, a window frame like below, and still enough to decorate the patio or whatever else I’d want to do. It’s great. Plus it made a nice backdrop for some photos I took of Ollie this year.
This little window DIY is another Christmas bucket list item I’ve been waiting to try. Honestly, slimming down the budget just forced me to do a bunch of stuff I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I just love how these guys stand out. They’re so simple and yet, they add so much. Plus it was so easy. It only took a chalk paint pen (and keeping it high enough to where Oliver can’t smudge it).
And if you want more DIYs to try, here are a few others I haven’t done this year but will definitely be doing one of these Christmases.