The decorations were amongst the most exciting things to plan for. Christmas was always a really big deal in my family. The same ornaments were brought out year after year and became such traditions. I was really looking forward to creating the same traditions for our family.
We found some budget friendly finds but there were a few splurges in there too.
My Budget Friendly Christmas "Shrine"
|Most of these were inherited from my grandmother. I remembered so much about Christmas at her house. The reindeer, rocking house and village houses are hers.|
|The garland, Christmas Tree Candles, Christmas Tree and little nativity figurines are from my mother. The "HO" figurines if from my mother in law|
|The cookie plate I got for $7 at a hospital gift shop. The music box was a gift from my Mum. The ceramic Santa candle holder was $2 at the Dollar Shop.|
|Hudson getting his first tree.|
|Our Balsom Fir - First Family Christmas 2010|
|All decorated. Some of the ornaments I got from my grandmother and some were gifts from my Mum. Others I have received as gifts since I was little.|
|Hudson's first ornament. A tradition I wanted to start was to get him a Christmas ornament every year of his life so that he has a collection when he's older for his own home.|
|Brian and I have purchased ourselves an ornament each year. This was this year's!|
|A brighter image of our tree. The Star was $19 and the tree skirt was $19 (down from $60).|
So far a fairly budget Christmas as for the decorations. I bought a package of bulbs at Home Depot for $25 and had so many decorations at home that not one got used! So that wasn't budget friendly.
The tree cost $30 (it's between 6 and 8 feet). The stand was given to us by a friend who is now using artificial.
The star: $19
Tree Skirt: $19 (down from $60)
Decorations: Candy Cane: $8, Hudson's woodland creature: $8. All others were inherited or given.
Tree Total: $54
I spent a total of $26 on our shrine (misc. items).