The irony is that I’m not doing it this year. We’re busy. We’re traveling. And I don’t want to arrive home after Christmas only to have to pack away decorations that I didn’t get to appreciate. But I keep thinking about it!
Perhaps it’s my recent post on tradition or perhaps it’s the way my brain is wired but in the absence of decorating, here are 10 ways to create a holiday setting with just a bit of effort and little cost:
1. Use pine cones. You can dip them in paint or spray them or use them naturally. Fill a large, clear vessel with them or tie a ribbon around a couple and dress up a lamp.
2. Decorate a window with paper snowflakes. I believe we learned to cut these in kindergarten and the technology hasn’t changed much. Do it after dinner and have everyone do 2 or 3. It’s quick and clever and inclusive.
3. Go for the mistletoe. We’re fortunate to live near places where we can harvest it directly. Tie a sprig with ribbon and place it overhead!
4. Place candles everywhere and be safe about their use. Today there are some great options that burn much cleaner than they did when I was younger. Small votives floating in a bowl or large, ornate candles all work well to induce a holiday spirit.
5. Find amazing ways to recycle and reuse! Check out this Altoid Advent Calendar created by Linda – a favorite reader. Also consider using the plastic bands the hold soda cans together to create ornamental hangings.
6. Deck the Halls with your kids’ artwork. I still keep a full file of handprint angels and reindeer droppings and every year, I pull them out and put them up and down the halls.
7. Tie bows in unexpected places. Put red ones on the light fixtures and a couple of glittery ones on the ladder back chairs. Maybe even a green one on the faucet in the kitchen and more sparklies on the door knobs.
8. Display holiday cards. We pack a big basket in the kitchen so that we can browse at our leisure but they can also be hung over a string and displayed on a wall. They’re colorful and festive and bring good thoughts.
9. Use extra greenery from your tree on the mantle or if you don’t have a tree, consider bringing in some branches to add a natural element to your table decor or above your doorways.
10. Consider every meal a decoration! Use holiday colors with ingredients such as watercress and red pears or spinach and pomegranate seeds or in this case, broccoli raab and cherry tomatoes.
What are sustainable, low cost ways that you decorate for the holidays?