How to Decorate on a Budget for Christmas

Christmas Decorating on a Budget

Dream a Peaceful Christmas – As the Christmas holiday season draws near, in the rush to do it all, often times the real meaning of Christmas can be forgotten. Christmas is not about being in a constant state of panic, fearing you’ll never get everything done. Nor are the holidays about how many gifts are under the perfectly decorated tree. But I know too that we love to decorate our homes to reflect a beautiful place of holiday spirit and joy. That can draw out feelings of anxiety if we have to think about Christmas decorating on a budget. You don’t have to go all out. You can decorate your home without spending a lot of money. You can learn how Christmas decorating on a budget is attainable if you determine what you want ahead of time. Rethink what you already own before you spend a dime. With a little craftiness and artistic flair, your home can be transformed into the Christmas Wonderland that you dream about.

Plan Ahead / Determine your Budget - Planning ahead of time is crucial when you are Christmas decorating on a budget. Decide your budget. If you have $300.00 then that is your budget. If you have $1.00 then that is your budget. For my budget, with a family of four and one income, my Christmas decorating budget is very limited. That’s why I can say that Christmas decorating on a budget is attainable because I made it that way. Impulse buying is not an option. Always have a shopping list ready before you walk into any store.

Choose a Decorating Theme to Reflect your Personality – Let your personal style come through as you choose a decorating theme. Pull out your Christmas decorations to see what you have. Do you have a lot of Santa Claus decorations or snowmen? Do you have mostly red and green decorations for a traditional theme or do you have more Victorian style items? When you decide what you like and have available then you are ready to make a decision in choosing a decorating theme. I personally like a rustic theme because a lot of my collections can stay out for months to enjoy after the holiday rush is through. I like also to decorate with scented candles, holiday plants, plenty of nature’s ferns for a natural look around the manger scene, strands of shiny beads and strings of miniature white lights. The more things sparkle, shimmer and shine the more I feel it reflects my personal style. Keep it simple though because the more you add the more cluttered it will look. Simplicity, holiday music, soft lights and Christmas scents are what makes my home feel cozy and comfortable.

Get Ready to Shop – I say get ready because you don’t want to forget that shopping list that you will take with you. Write down only the necessary items, within your limit, that you will need to complete your Christmas decorating on a budget. Remember, no impulse buying. If you don’t have the budget to shop then don’t. Ask your friends and relatives if they have certain items or colors to match your theme or use nature’s pines, ferns or whatever grows where you live. In previous years, if I didn’t have enough to shop for decorations I would scale down my grocery shopping budget and plan my weeks meals very carefully. I got pretty good at doing this and would have an extra $30.00 or so a week to now spend on a Christmas tree or whatever else I needed for Christmas decorating on a budget. O.K. so you’re ready to shop. Keep it smart.

Christmas is a Time of Celebration, Family and Giving – Christmas is a joyful time for families where they come together to celebrate, to share a feast and exchange gifts. It wouldn’t be Christmas without gifts under the tree but with a little planning ahead, Christmas gifts on a budget can be carried out as smoothly as Christmas decorating on a budget. Just follow the same principles. Shop with a list of gift ideas. Set a budget and stick firmly within it.

Christmas is a Time for Creating Memories – No holiday is so strongly etched in the mind of a child, yet gifts are not the part of Christmas a child remembers most. As my 18 year old daughter passes by where I sit writing, I casually ask her what she loved most as a child, about Christmas. Without hesitation, she said she loved making Christmas cookies, she loved giving presents to her friends in school and watching their surprised faces as they opened her gifts. She remembered and loved shopping trips to the mall with family, listening to Christmas music on the radio, and seeing Christmas lights on the drive home. She said she loved decorating the Christmas tree and going Christmas caroling with all the families from her school. She loves Christmas movies and getting new pajamas on Christmas eve. She loved her Dad reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. She loves having family over and visiting with friends and family. And she even remembered the Christmas bags we packed her school lunch in with a special treat inside. So there you have it from the mouth of a grown Babe. Not one of the expensive gifts she received was ever mentioned. I sat there quietly thinking to myself, “Oh man, I could have been a millionaire”!

So take the time to remember the true meaning of Christmas. What’s important is the people we love. The things we do throughout the season is a way to express that love. With a little effort, planning, and ingenuity, you can make your Christmas decorating on a budget successful to create some wonderful memories and sparkle to your holiday spirit. Step out of the rush and into the peace you dream about.

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Hi Charia, how are you? I've been thinking a lot of our hubber families living in the Philippines this week with the flooding and all. I don't know where you live there but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Christmas will be a sad time for many people in their time of loss but the love that is being extended around the world is a gift that I hope will fill many hearts this Christmas season. Many Blessings and hugs my friend. ~Dottie


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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Christmas is coming very soon. Here in the Philippines Christmas preparation starts as the "ber" month comes in. Just like you my idea in decorating is by keeping it simple. I don't think I'll go wrong with being simple and more importantly it's cheaper. LOL!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thanks RGraf for coming by to share through comments. I'm glad you found some inspiration here.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Good ideas. I just went shopping with my mother-in-law and though her husband just lost his job and they have decorations in the basement, she had to go out and buy more new ones because she was in the Christmas spirit. It actually depressed me. But your hub has inspired me. Thanks.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA Author

Yes that sounds real good to me too Michelle, .....to sit by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, in view of the lighted christmas tree and I might add some cheery christmas music in the middle of a snowy blizzard. :) lol 


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Dottie, yes I am so thankful to be safe and still have a home to go to. :) We never had a real tree in our entire life. You see that is what I would want to experience too. Sit by the fireplace, drink a cup of hot chocolate, put a real Christmas tree and decorate it and boy, wouldn't that be lovely? :) And yes, by not removing the lights, you did save time-- yes that is also decorating on a time budget. heeheehee :)


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA Author

Oh my goodness Michelle, that is a very scary thing to happen. I am soooo glad that all turned out to be a blessing. You can be thankful that you had an angel helper who appeared at the perfect moment. I am wondering if you have a real tree. This is the first year I have an artificial.

I too love the bright lights of Christmas. Do you know that I never took down my little white mini lights going up the stairway and around my kitchen window. I loved them so much I thought why can't I enjoy christmas all year long and so I did. See, I saved time having to put them up this year.

Take care....I'm so glad for your safety last night, my loving sis! :)


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Had a scary thing that happened last night. The christmas lights in our christmas tree started a fire. It was a blessing that our helper went to the living room at the time it happened, so was able to put it out. :( Whew!!! But I know I would miss the christmas lights but I guess they don't make lights the way they used to. Do you know that is one of the things I love about CHristmas? All the lights brightening the world? :)


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA Author

Thank you Pam. Be my guest at the reference. That is very kind. When your hub is published I would love to reference back to you. Let me know.

It is lots of fun to make tree decorations and I love your personal favorite. We have all sorts of favorites that bring back many memories that start the conversations as we decorate.


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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

Dottie, I love this hub. If you don't mind, I'd like to reference this for a hub I'm planning.

One of the things that my kids used to love to do (which saves tons of money) is making their own decorations for the tree. And one of my personal favorites is to take old, glass christmas balls, spray paint them, then decorate each one with a variety of craft items.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA Author

Daisy just reminded me of project canada. Looks like we have the money to go. I'll give Shirley a call.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oh goody! (Rub hands in glee) I like that. Okay, I will tell Daisy about it. I am pretty sure she will be as excited as me. hehehe


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA Author

Hi ripplemaker....since I wrote this hub 11 months ago I had to reread to see what Tracey's response was. I remember that now...sitting at the table looking at a blank sheet of paper...lol. Thank you so much for your response...it really made me think and laugh soo hard. Thank you for allowing me to be a millionaire today. Why don't you stop over and we will spend it together! Bring Daisy too!


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Dottie, I was warmed by your daughter's response. Just goes to show what a wonderful mom you are having been able to pass on this lovely lesson--to value the more important things in life. Yes, that makes you a millionaire!!! LOL


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honesty2008 9 years ago from NC

There are many things that you can get that special someone, and still stay with a reasonable budget of between $20 to $50. First consider the person you are buying the gift for. Ask yourself what they really like. Does this person have a hobby? For instance, if the person you are buying for enjoys reading you may want to consider a good book. Gift baskets also make wonderful gifts.

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