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Holiday Decorating: Affordable and Renewable: Green-Living Ideas for Holiday Decorations

If you’re like most people, just thinking about decorating is exhausting. Even so, we crave those special holiday touches that make our homes festive and welcoming.

Try these simple ideas to bring family and neighbors together while decorating your home. Make the most of your time with these tips that won’t break the bank! Reuse old items in new ways and feel great about slowing down the Holiday Spending Monster!

What’s so Great about Homemade Cookies?

When placed in holiday tins or baskets, nothing says, “I’m glad you’re my neighbor” quite like a stack of edible stars or tiny reindeer. While you’re in the kitchen baking cookies and listening to Christmas music, make some potpourri. Simmer orange peels, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves in a small pan of water.

Friendly Christmas Competitions

Turn your home into a winter wonderland with homemade snowflakes. Hang them from the ceiling, in doorways, from chandeliers. All that’s needed is white paper, scissors, string and glitter-glue. Friendly competitions between grandparents and grandchildren set the stage for some intricate designs and adorable keepsakes through the years.

Christmas Classics

Bring out the Christmas DVDs and sit down to watch with the family. If sitting still with “so much to do” bothers you, make strings of popcorn and cranberries while enjoying the show. Piercing oranges with whole cloves is another easy project to make while watching movies. Using a pin or toothpick, make tiny holes in the pattern you will follow afterward with the whole cloves. Make a bowl full of these beautifully fragrant pomanders.

Classics to have on hand: A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooge! and Miracle on 34th Street. Don’t miss this time with family on account of being too busy. Life passes by one moment at a time. Grab this one!

Holiday Decorating on a Dime

A simple but elegant way to add drama is to set the dining table with dishes you already have while using greenery to add holiday flair. With leftover greenery from the tree, make a few arrangements. Gather sprigs of greens in a bow and tie around candles or place greens flat between chargers and plates.

Arrange ornaments on the table to add red, gold or silver accents. These can be set in a bowl or placed randomly around the table. Children of all ages love to help and these are simple but elegant ways to decorate with items you already have.

Christmas Art

Don’t throw those Christmas cards in a basket! Hang holiday ribbons down the length of your foyer closet door or an armoire. Each day as cards arrive in the mail, tape them onto the ribbons. Not only will everyone enjoy the rich holiday art, but they will be reminded daily of friends and family, near and far.

Don’t forget the candles. Arrange them on tables, mantels, window sills. And in that soft, flickering glow at the end of the day, take a moment to delight your senses. Breathe in the fragrance, taste a cookie, listen to the music, watch the Christmas classics. Stop long enough to touch the hearts of the ones you love.

Happy holidays!