Here we are, week five of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series. That means there are only 28 days left until Christmas! Hopefully you’re feeling a bit more organized than usual because you’ve been following along with the series?
We have a “rule” in our house. One that I actually grew up with so it sort of just stayed in place now that I have a home of my own. Christmas decorating (and Christmas music listening) doesn’t begin until December 1st. Maybe you have that same “rule” in your home? Either way, December 1st happens to be this week. Thursday to be exact. So that puts the focus of this 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas post on Christmas decorating! (I’m going to add in Christmas baking planning too since it’s nice to have a plan for all those parties and gifting opportunities.)
It’s easy to get carried away with Christmas decorating. After all, the stores are really good at displaying Christmas decorations juuuust right, so you want to buy them all.
This year, focus on decorating simply. Bring out only your favourite decorations. If you must buy something new, limit yourself to one thing. Find contentment with what you already own. (ahem, something I’m telling myself…)
Here are a few ways to decorate frugally for Christmas:
Head to your local thrift stores to see if you can snag any good deals on Christmas decor, Christmas linens or even objects you can transform into holiday decorations!
Get your Craft on
Christmas is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family involved in creating some cute homemade decorations. Pinterest is full of family friendly craft ideas to help make your home more festive.
Shop the sales
Even before Christmas you can find some great sales on Christmas decor. There seems to always be some sort of Christmas light sale going on, especially at hardware stores. You might even find some clearance deals on last years stock!
How do you save on Christmas decorations?
Now for the baking. Start making a list of everything you want to make this year. At some point this week, purchase all your baking supplies so you’re good to go whenever you have a spare moment. When you start baking, make the items that can be frozen, first.
Here are some ideas from Simply Frugal to get you started:
- Peppermint Bark
- Ginger Crinkles
- Gingerbread Oreo Truffles
- Whipped Shortbread
- Homemade Marshmallows
- Candy Cane Reindeer
- Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
Tomorrow I’ll have a free Baking List printable available for you to download that should come in handy!
What will be on your Christmas baking list this year?