Oh, it’s just few more days before Christmas, getting excited? Time flies fast and it’s really fast approaching. Shopping centers are on their busiest season nowadays. It’s time to stretch out our budget to save some money for the coming holiday season especially for buying Christmas decors, gifts and foods but you don’t need to spend big bucks to enjoy the holidays with your family. You just need to apply creative, economical ways to celebrate the season with the ones you love. So to all frugal-minded-person out there that wants to celebrate Christmas in special ways and give extra-ordinary presents to your loved ones and friends, here are some advice and ideas for you.
You can decorate your home but you don’t need to spend your hard-earned money for costly decors available in stores and yet you can still set that usual Christmas festive mood in your home. You may try making simple but nice Christmas decors from recyclable materials and from your old Christmas stuffs, let’s say a little Christmas tree like mine ( photos below ) made from a cupcake stand I acquired from a friend’s birthday party. If you keep a lot of craft supplies around the house, you and your kids can probably create some pretty fun ornaments without having to shop for any supplies. You can make paper snowflakes from just white copy paper sprinkled with glitters, hang it on your Christmas tree or just hang few in the four corners of the living room. You may also consider giving Christmas presents which is affordable and at a very low costs by making handmade gifts, something made out of your labor of love. Something that they will cherish more because it has your personal creative touch. About the food to be set on the table this Christmas eve, you can prepare simple but special and good-tasting meal from what is already available from your refrigerator.This season maybe the right time to start exercising more of your creativity and at the same time frugality. Bringing out that skills and abilities that you have, apply it together with practicality to make this season memorable to you and the family without having to spend excessively.
Below are photos of some decorations and gifts ideas you can try handcrafting;
- DIY Christmas tree from cupcake stand and some old christmas stuffs I got from past years.
- Tote bag made from old denim pants and old clothes or left over fabric materials.
2. 3D Origami Swans made from scratch papers or old magazines
3. Picture frames and wall decors from corrugated carton boxes
You can also try doing quilted ladies bag made from pieces of cloths. Decorative vases of different shapes made of carton boxes, toilet tissues ( combination of carton box crafting and paper mache ) and more crafting ideas which you can easily get the how-to-do instructions in just one click from the internet.
Exercising some creativity, frugality and good budgeting is a great opportunity to take out every food item from your fridge and cupboards. Make a rule of buying no food unless you have used everything you already have at home. Plan your meals around them and incorporate some in the festive meal too. You might come up with interesting combinations and new flavors, there’s nothing wrong in experimenting. You can still cook your usual dishes for Christmas, but apply some slight variation in presentation. If you normally cut your roasted barbecues, hot-dogs in big chunks, slice them with various styles and shapes this time. You won’t believe what a difference such small trick makes. Make sure there are two or more colors in there for visual interest, you know, looks adds to the food’s attractiveness and may trigger the appetites. You can change the usual cuttings of your meat before and this time slice the meat thinly if you normally serve it whole.
If you sit down and think how you really want to spend this holiday applying these simple advices and tips, you’ll see that you’ll be able to create your own version of Christmas, economically but the festive spirit is still there. To add interest to a simple celebration with minimal spending, put a theme on it and pay attention to adding a couple of details. Everything will look more exciting if it’s part of the “Celebrating Christmas Budget-Wise but Merry” theme, explaining the importance of spending wisely but still enjoying the festive season.
Go on and enjoy Christmas your own way! Don’t stress too much about pleasing everyone or getting the best gifts. Only you know what is best for you and your family right now. After all, it’s the experiences that make us happy on the long run, rather than material objects. Focus on spending time with those who matter to you, rather than anxiously waiting for a New Year full of debt to come. And most of all, celebrating this season having in mind the Reason for the Season, makes us thankful for Christmas no matter how simple and economical way we celebrate it. It’s just a mind-conditioning and a grateful heart, thankful for all that God has done and provided for us to celebrate the Savior’s coming into this world, that makes a happy celebration of Christmas. Merry Christmas to all!!
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.