While reading Xan’s post yesterday about the benefits of being frugal, I started to think about how different a lot of our Christmas decorations are compared to most other people we know. While we have purchased a few things, a majority of our holiday decor is inherited, hand made, bought on clearance at the end of the season, or a “treasure” taken from trash that belonged to someone else! I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.
It’s big, and I’ve not seen anything like it, but it’s one of my absolute favorite Christmas decorations. We inherited this beauty from the husband’s Nanny several years ago…
Another decoration high on my favorites list is my grandma’s nativity set. While I would prefer a Willow Tree nativity (as far as looks go, it’s much more my style), this one holds a great deal of sentimental value. There are definitely a few chips and nicks on these figures, and one of the wise men is missing a hand. We just say it adds character!
We have received many handmade gifts and decorations over the years, but one of my favorites is this set of stockings. A very kind lady from church made these as a wedding gift for us. What a thoughtful gift.
Now, here is the disclaimer for the rest of this post…. the husband has some decorating favorites of his own! He is all about the cheese factor. He has been an avid Coca Cola memorabilia collector for as long as I’ve known him. Several of “his” decorations have literally been saved from the trash. We have a few of these grocery store cardboard “Santa Coke” advertisements scattered throughout the house.
While I was off on maternity leave with #2 (during the holiday season), the husband picked up a job cleaning a few banks in the area. He found this “treasure” in the trash… new and in the box! It was several years old, but had never been taken out of the box. So of course it came home with him.
This sign is proudly displayed next to his full size leg lamp from “A Christmas Story” every year. I will spare you that picture! Another image I will leave to your imagination is the massive amount of garland he has strung all over the place. It was all bought for pennies on the dollar at after Christmas clearance sales.
While we obviously have two distinctly different styles in decorating our home for the holidays, we make it work with a little compromise here and there (I decorate part of the house, he decorates the other). The boys love it, and will always have great memories to share as they get older. Best of all we spent little to no $$$ on any of it (except the leg lamp)!
How do you decorate your home for the holidays?