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Holiday decorating doesn’t have to break the bank

Holiday decorating doesn’t have to break the bank

Instead of doling out the cash for fake fruit, holly, and pine branches and cones, why not use the real thing for your holiday decorating.


POSTED November 28, 2012 4:23 p.m.

Given the ongoing uncertainty of the economy, it comes as no surprise that many individuals are planning a pared down holiday budget. Even though the belt is being tightened, it doesn’t mean the holidays have to be drabbed. Here are a few options for holiday decorating that stretch the dollar and make your house merry at the same time.

 

— Use Nature’s Bounty

Instead of doling out the cash for fake fruit, holly, and pine branches and cones, why not use the real thing for your holiday decorating. Natural objects create a cheery and comforting atmosphere, which is perfect for the days when everyone is headed home and ready to snuggle up beside a cozy fire. Nature’s bounty also has the bonus of being low cost or sometimes free.

A pretty bowl of pears and apples mixed with nuts and well-placed pine cones will create an attractive centerpiece that is both eye-catching and sets the mood for the feast to come. The fake fruit can cost several dollars each, about the same cost of a whole bag of apples. You can also eat your leftovers, an option that doesn’t fare as well with the faux fruit.

Use pine boughs, pine cones, the traditional poinsettias, or even red tulips to break out a little bit and brighten everything up. Lots of lively colors can make for a festive mood.

 

— Christmas Past

One option in decorating the home for Christmas is to bring out the objects of Christmas’ past. Use framed photographs from holidays past and put them in the Christmas tree. Focus on the sentiment and build around that, because that is what the holidays are about. Mixing in family photos from the holidays and sentimental ornaments adds a personal touch to decorating and is a great way to stroll down memory lane with the younger generation.

 

— Crafty Kids

Speaking of the younger generation, why not use some of their handy work for decorating. It’s guaranteed to be original and will make the little ones feel pretty special to have contributed the art behind the décor. Construction paper snowflakes, colorful paper chains, and Christmas themed character drawings can add a homemade charm to holiday décor.

 

— Light the Way

Lighting is a key element to decorating because it really helps set the mood, whether its candles or lamps. Candles are a fabulous addition to holiday decorating because they add ambient lighting and help set the mood. But be judicious about your selection. Look for smokeless and dripless candles, and don’t over-scent your house.

 

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