I'm talking zero ornaments, no star, wreath or anything Holiday? (Yeah... some of you remember that we sold everything we owned and spent last Christmas living the RV life)
It's not been easy I tell you!! Especially since we want to stay Seduced by Simplicity.
So how did we improvise this year yet still keep to the heart of our simple living goals?
I'll share our secrets with you :)
The Biggest Tip of all is to laugh at your mistakes! If you mess up and string the lights wrong or your star won't fit on the top of the tree and you end up zip tying it after having exhausted all other options including giving the tree a haircut. Just smile and go with the flow.
O.K now for the "official" tips:
1.) A Christmas Tree is a must, and if you can afford it.. a real one! (Less storage needed.) Even if no other Christmas decorations are inside your house, if you have a tree-- all eyes flow to the magical subject.
2.) Buy the cheap lights. We go for the ones that twinkle.
3.) Who needs ornaments when you have tons of Christmas cards that keep coming in the mailbox. USE THESE as ornaments! My kids get so excited to see a new card, they rip it open, talk about the cute family photo and stick the picture or cards from our friends in our tree. We get to think of our friends and family during the season instead of Disney characters or colored balls. (I did buy one small box of the colored ornaments so the kids could hang "something" while waiting for cards to come.)
4.) Stockings aren't cheap.. buy the cheap $1.00 ones and let your little ones decorate them with puffy paint. Its so much fun to do as a family and significantly cheaper. They also store better since they fold right up.
5.) Lastly.. play from the senses. Think: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste.
Smell: Tree if it's real :) or Holiday Candle if not.
Sound: Pandora Christmas Music Playing.
Touch: Warmth from a fire.
Taste: It's cookie time, Gingerbread, Sugar Cookies, etc.
Do you have any other simple holiday decor tips? If so, do share, we are always on the look-out. :)