Thursday, November 11, 2010

and so it begins…

The Christmas decorating usually happens early around here.  I figure that’s okay because we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at home.  Once Thanksgiving is over I usually just want to snuggle up with hot chocolate and enjoy the season, not run around like a decorating fool.  I usually do end up running around and changing things up in the house, but that’s because I want to not because I feel like I have to.
So I start slowly.  And I started last night.  My open cabinets got some new wrapping paper and I think that spending $2.50 on wrapping paper was a great use of my money.  I still have plenty left to wrap gifts. 
Yes it’s the cheap stuff that rips if you move the scissors wrong, but I don’t think the gift recipient will mind.  I know it just as good in my kitchen.
And there’s my start and with it a challenge.  I’ve spent $2.50 on Christmas so far and I’ve given myself the goal of not buying one single new thing for the house this Christmas.  Not even one.  I’ve got bins full of stuff and I’m determined to work with what I have and be content with that.  The extra spending just doesn’t need to happen and I know that there are more important things to do this Christmas season than decorate my house. 
Last year I felt challenged to be content with what I have, but I think it feels like I need to go a bit deeper.
What do you think?  Do you start decorating early too?


  1. that looks so cute! i'm going crazy over the turquoise and red combo. just looks happy!

  2. Great idea. I have wrapping paper in my closet from last Christmas. You have me wondering what I can do with it since I don't have any open cupboards. I, too, want to focus on gratitude for what I already have, rather than wishful thinking on new unnecessary extras.

  3. That is very fun and festive!! I too am wondering how much I can get away with NOT buying this year. I am so excited about just simply using what I have.

  4. It was gorgeous here today, so yes, I started earlier than usual and put up the lights outside! I'm excited now to start inside. I love the paper in your cabinets! (: That was a great idea-

  5. I always start my Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving. I want to savor the fall decor as long as I can and then go full on into the Christmas fun! :) Cute idea to use the wrapping paper in your cabinets.

  6. Gina! Check out this decorating idea on dottie angel's blog. I'll bet you have this stuff lying around. The laced up jar is my favorite:

  7. Love, love, love the paper in the open cabinets! Super cute. And I totally agree about starting to decorate now. I want to be able to enjoy it!

  8. Ahhhhhh.....well I went for a walk this last weekend and collected a few leaves to make something pretty with...their still sitting by the front door and right now as I sit here I am listening to Christmas music. I think i will toss in the towel on fall and just head straight for Christmas!!! I could not agree more with you on the whole "buy nothing" for decorations for the house. I love it. I'm joining you in the challenge. The one thing that I do know right off the bat that I will need however are Christmas lights. I always have some that didn't make it through the summer in the garage. But lets call that replacing not buying new!! Can't wait to see how Christmas takes shape at your place...


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