With the festive season long done for another year, how can we prepare better in 2019? Yes, a holiday themed post so early in the year might be unusual, but a little planning goes a long way.
We all want to turn our home into a winter wonderland during the holidays. Doing so can be costly. If you have financial goals in mind for 2019, try some of the below tips for your home later in this year’s holiday season.
At a time of the year when bank balances are kept busy with gifts, food and drinks, decorations can become a cost we don’t consider or put much planning into.
That doesn’t have to be the case. With a little creative thinking, in 2019 it’s easy to turn any environment into a grotto that Santa would be proud to call home.
Don’t Be Afraid of Second Hand
Garage sales, online listing sites and charity stores are all great places to pick up some excellent quality home decorations at knock-down prices.
Buy Your Decorations in December
Stores regularly slash the price of decorations in the run up to Christmas, so that they aren’t left with unsellable stock at the start of the new year.
Turn to Nature
Go for a countryside walk and pick out some items that can help get your home into the festive spirit. Some fallen pine cones or holly tree branches, for example, can sit above the fireplace or be part of a decorative door wreath.
Video sites such as YouTube are full of Christmas decoration tutorials. You can turn a piece of letter sized paper into a hanging snowflake or a toilet roll into a sparkling ornament.
Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas
It’s not just sights and sounds that help get us into the festive spirit. A garland that’s made up of baked slices of fruit and cinnamon cloves will allow your nose to breathe in the Christmas cheer as well.
Use Your Family’s Unwanted Items
Don’t be afraid to ask close family if they’re using all their Christmas decorations. They’re likely to have boxes of unused lights and baubles, that they’d be happy to lend you for the holidays.
Upcycle Old Decorations
Try to avoid buying new decorations just because your old ones are starting to show their age. Covering over old items with paint, glitter and felt, is a great way to keep the whole family entertained and doesn’t cost the world.
Style in Red
If there’s one color that’s synonymous with Christmas, it’s red. Look through your draws to see if you can find previously retired bedding, placemats, or table dressers that fit into this theme.
Decorate One Room Only
Don’t have many decorations to go around? Why not turn the main hub of your home, such as a kitchen or lounge, into a Christmas shrine and leave the rest as it is? This way, your free to enjoy the romanticism of Christmas and have less tidying up to do once the holidays are over.
Don’t forget the true meaning of Christmas in 2019. It’s not about who has the best decorations or who buys the most expensive presents.
The joy of the holiday comes from spending time with loved ones that we may not get to see all year round. Treasure what you do have. Remember that the company of family and friends is the best decoration of all.