The Holidays are full of wonder for young and old. Many decor items can bring a feeling of nostalgia, memories of our childhoods, and traditions kept among generations. On the other hand, when you’re dreaming up how you want your home to look it can become intimidating, fast. Especially, when thinking about staying within budget.
The Greatest Generation
I am amazed by those who have gone before us. When I think about people like my grandparents, survivors of the great depression and WWII, I think about how they truly knew about using their resources. It wasn’t about “trendy,” it was about family, and using what they already had to spread some cheer. My grandfather grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska… there were times the family struggled to put food on the table. But hard work and determination made him a successful man. But that’s likely a story for a different time.
My point is, we should take a hint from those who lived before us. They focused on simplicity, using what was in their own backyard, and didn’t over spend on frivolous decor. That has been my inspiration this Christmas and as we get settled (and save for upcoming projects). I used what we already had. I kept it simpler than years past and it’s become more elegant, refined, and beautiful. We’ve also decided to not do “traditional” gifts this year to save for upcoming house projects.
I decided to give a few quick tips on how we stayed in budget when it comes to Christmas decor and advice on how you can use what you already have.
–Keep it Simple, Stupid. My military husband always is quick to remind me that keeping things simple is the best way to go about life. The same can be said for decor… plus it keeps things less cluttered, clean, and beautiful.
–Reuse and Repurpose. Keep using that decor from last year. Think out of the box on how you can style it or use it in a different area of the house! Does it need a change? Think on how you can repurpose it to look different, be different, or recycled.
–Find Function in the Un-Ordinary. I am loving the trend this year of placing your Christmas tree in a bucket, basket, or box. It gives use to something that you may be using elsewhere and gives a rustic, farmhouse look to your Christmas tree. Maybe you can find something at your local antique shop or use something you have laying around.
–Give Differently. It can be so much pressure to give the perfect gift. But how about give back? Instead of spending more money on ugly Christmas sweaters how about you give to your loved one’s favorite local organization, church, or charity. Or better yet, give your time. Take an hour to sit down to a coffee and chat with an elderly person, widow, or single woman from your church. Reach out and love on those around you. The holidays can be very hard on some people and a friend or listening ear could be great encouragement to them.
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–Help a Family in Need. Recently, a local home store store gave a challenge to their customers to drop off old decorations that no longer were needed. It was a challenge to declutter and rethink their spaces. Those drop offs were later donated to local families who could not afford to decorate for Christmas. Do you have a bunch of decor laying around that someone else would enjoy? Find a place that can match it with a deserving family.
As always friends, I truly hope you enjoyed this little article. May it be freeing, encouraging, and loving… And here’s to a joyous holiday season with your loved ones. Blessings!