After the splendor of fall and the grandeur that is our home at Christmas, winter is a time for me to simplify and just let my house breathe. We do so much decorating for Christmas that my home sometimes seems bare after we take it all down. I do like to keep some of our wintergreens and red berries out for winter, and fill in the gaps with other things (and by other things I mean snowmen). We do very simple decorating for winter and I’m very happy with the results this year.
I may just have a snowman problem. Who wouldn’t? They’re cute, they’re wintery, and we live in NC, so we rarely get to build one. And there are worse things to love than snowmen 🙂
Christmas 2020 is only two days from now, and you probably haven’t even begun to think about next Christmas. Did you know there are a few things you can do right now to plan for next Christmas?
1. Take stock of what you used…and what you didn’t
I have a few tried and true things that I love and use year after year for Christmas decorating. I also have a box of things each year that I don’t use. This year, I’m letting go of those items so they can bless someone else. I’m also repurposing anything I can use in a different way.
2. Make a note of what youneed for next year
Something will always break and a strand of lights will always go out. You also may come up with new decorating ideas for next year that you want to try. Make a list of what you need for next year right now.
3. Hit up After Christmas sales
Get decor at a discounted rate, buy gifts to hold onto for next year, or whatever you want to do. We bought a whole new Christmas tree last year for 50% off. We would have never bought it at the retail price. Go check out the after Christmas sales. You may find nothing but you may also find a great deal on something you love.
4. Plan new Christmas traditions
Is there something you have always wanted to do but you never have? Maybe you want to host a cookie decorating party with family, or go skiing for New Years Day. It’s never too early to start thinking about how you can make it happen.
5. Plan a loose Christmaslist
Maybe there is something your child or spouse really loves- start planning a loose Christmas shopping list for next year, and you can help plan what you want to buy, which will also help you budget for it as well.
Christmas is almost a week away, and while most of us have already long finished our decorating, you can score some deals on cute decor for next year. While most of us venture into the big box stores and home decor stores for our Christmas ornaments, you can’t overlook the drugstores. You can find some unexpectedly cute holiday items that no one will ever guess you purchased from a drug store. This cute little ceramic tree came from Walgreens for less than $15.
Here are some other wonderful Christmas decorations I found on the seasonal aisle at my local Walgreens.
1. Pop-up Christmas tree card $13
This is really a pop up Christmas card, but I think it would be an awesome decoration for your desk or office. It really is adorable and it’s hard to believe it is made from paper.
2. Hallmark Christmas ornaments from classic movies, $9
Walgreens has a huge assortment of holiday movie Christmas ornaments. My local Walgreens had Jack Skellington, Rudolph, and the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. I’d love to have a holiday movie themed tree- you could totally do that for less than $100, since these ornaments are under $10.
3. 18 foot lighted pine garland, $12.99
I really want to buy this to hang on my porch banister next year. And at $13, I can buy more than one and not feel guilty.
4. Wooden Wick Vanilla Candle, $12.99
This candle smells amazing, and I love the sound of the wooden wick burning. The price is pretty nice, too,
5. Lighted present decor set , $30
These things would be so cute in anyone’s yard. I am seriously thinking of snagging a set for myself.
I hope you have enjoyed these cute Christmas items…and make sure you run, don’t walk, to your local Walgreens and score some of them for yourself 🙂