“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” – Larry Wilde -
USE WHAT YOU HAVE HOLIDAY DÉCOR
Let’s face it; it’s been a tough year. The economy has affected us all in one way or another. I felt it fitting to share some cheap and cheerful holiday decorating tips to help you fill your home with holiday spirit while keeping within a budget.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS Spruce, pine, and fir evergreens are readily available, and are a great starting point for holiday decorating. You can use greenery to fill urns and vases or to create a spray or garland. Involve the whole the family and plan a hike in a heavily treed area to search for pinecones. Use them on their own or group them to make an interesting arrangement for the table. They can be left natural or spray painted in a variety of Christmas tones and finished off with some glitter for a bit of sparkle.Search for the perfect tree. Take the time to peruse all of the available options. A beautiful tree needs very little adornment. Decorations can be made from anything you already have. Toys, scraps of fabrics and ribbons, homemade paper snowflakes, even photographs that have special meaning for you. String popcorn and cranberries or tie ribbons together to create a garland. Use candies or colourful cookies to fill in any empty spots!!Be creative!!
Flowers, especially handmade paper ones, make fantastic decorations. Let your creativity soar. Get out your paints, markers, crayons, glitter and glue. Get the kids involved. Think outside the box. Eggs, for example are not just for Easter; they can be decorated in Christmas colours and images adding just the right touch to the family tree.The holidays represent different things to different people. For me they are an opportunity to begin new family traditions and spend some quality time with the ones I love. It is a time to leave the pressures of day-to-day life behind and have some much deserved fun. There was a time when the “perfect” Christmas meant something very different to me. I design for a living and letting go of the need to “Design” was a challenging task. My children actually taught me a very valuable lesson. Holiday decor is about creating memories. Adults will remember the good times they had as children, preparing the house for Santa and spending time together more than a perfectly dressed tree assembled without their help. Decorate with love! PERFECTION IS NOT REQUIRED!!! The laughter and the enjoyment of the moment is what we will remember many years from now. The fact that it all can be done economically is just one more bonus!!!
(Such a cute idea! -Write down your memories from that year stick it in an ornament then make the bulb together!)