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My husband and I both lost our jobs, one before the wedding and the other shortly after. Christmas is right around the corner, and I can’t help but feel sad that we cannot afford a tree or decorations in our apartment. I wanted us to start special traditions and do special things to celebrate our first Christmas as husband and wife. In truth we’ve never been together on Christmas before (due to our relationship being long distance for a while).
I know it’s so silly to be so upset over stupid, sometimes materialistic things. I just really want this holiday to be truly special despite our cirucmstances. He’s not in the mood to be all holiday-esk and I feel really sad.
If you have any suggestions for facing a holiday while being a little down on your luck and still have it be special please let me know.
Post # 3
Sorry, it sounds like you are going through a rough time. With little money you can buy just a couple of decorations at the dollar store, I was just in there today and they have a lot of christmas things. Also, you could even buy stocking stuffers and instead of gifts this year take $20 each and fill a stocking for one another.
Post # 4
Jeez, been there so I know your pain. I would suggest something hand made. I love hand made gifts, they mean more to me than anything. I am making a quilt for Darling Husband this year out of the horrible 80’s cloths I cleaned out of his closet. You could also contact family members to see if they have a shirt or something in their closet they could contribute. Would make a wonderful memory quilt.
I saw this on Pinterest today and it might work for you, if you don’t already have ornaments of your own agian you can contact family and friends and ask them to contribute one bulb and take a paint pen and write their names on them. Dollar tree has everything else (you would just have to make it smaller)
Post # 5
You’re not silly at all. Do you have friends/family with extra decorations? We can’t afford decorations either… I have an $18 fake tree from WalMart and I raided my mother’s basement to borrow some of her decorations, since she has a billion. As for gifts, I love the stocking idea from roxy821. Go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of silly small things, wrap them up, and have fun opening them 🙂 I’m sorry you’re having a rough time!
Post # 6
@HotPinkFire: Oh, I am so sorry. I’ve lost a 2nd job in 2 years. 🙁 Maybe you can diy if you are crafty? You might find that you have things around your house that you can re-cycle? My daughter has an olive tree that we bought her at a local nursery. She puts a small string of colored lights and a few tiny ornaments on it. I don’t know what your tastes are, but here are some ideas:
BTW-My daughter’s Mother-In-Law just puts her felt homemade Grateful Dead ornaments on her tree. Maybe you could make some cute natural, paper or fabric ornaments.
Post # 7
Christmas Traditions do not have to be based on store boughten things. Our first Christmas Tradition was making themed Gingerbread “houses”. We got married Thanksgiving weekend, and hardly had any furniture. Our first Gingerbread creation was a church, my husband designed the pieces on paper for our pattern. We made a different Gingerbread creation every year. You can find a recipe for Royal Frosting to hold pieces together, but we found it easier to just use a heavy cast iron frying pan and slowly heat up sugar and stir it until it gets carmelized, then dip your pieces in and “glue” them together.
Post # 8
It’s really all about the attitude you take that will determine what kind of Christmas. Many people who have had tough financial times, remember those times as some of their best holidays.
In the US The US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management offer permits to cut down your own tree, mostly within the National Forest System. If you have a vehicle, you could have a great day and start a family tradition of having an outing to cut your own tree.
You can get decorations from the thirft shop or make your own. Also check the free section on your local craigslist. People are giving away trees and decorations every day.
Drive around to the richer areas of where you live. Gardeners do pruning of evergreens at this time of year. They are happy to give you the cedar, fir and pine branches. I have done this in the past to make wreaths for friends, to display at work etc.
Check your local papers for free events. There are many concerts, tree lightings etc that have no admission charge.
Get out and do some volunteer work. It will put a glow in your heart that you will not get any other way.
If you can’t be with family, find friends or other orphans to share the day with.
Post # 9
Thanks Ladies for the great ideas! I know the holiday doesn’t have to be about things necissarily. I’d love to have some holiday decor, so I will have to shop the holiday store or see if I can be crafty enough to do it myself.
I don’t feel very creative lately, still trying to come up with some traditions to do that don’t involve much. If anyone has any additional ideas I’d love to still hear them.
Post # 10
@HotPinkFire: Pinterest has a ton of craft easy ideas, as does the mighty martha stewart. If you google/bing inexpensive christmas decorations a ton come up. Don’t forget the old staples of strung popcorn, wooden craft beads, and paper garland. I have a soft spot in my heart for paper circle garland, takes me back to being a kid.
And always go to Dollar Tree, that is usually where I start first for crafting.
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and one year my parents were unemployed and my mom took printer paper glitter and fishing wire and some tape and put up snowflakes everywhere! It was so pretty with like 2 bucks worth of materials!
Post # 13
My husband & I bought our Christmas tree at family dollar for 20 bucks! Its 6 foot tall & we plan to snatch a bigger one up after Christmas when they go on sale. This is the second year we have used it & it still looks good. All of the ornament & lights are from family dollar also.
Also for a tradition you could bake Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, listen to Christmas music on Chrismas day!!
Here is our 20 dollar tree: (They also have green ones!) The giant bow on top was I think 1 dollar, might have been 2 or 3. Then we also got small bows which was also a dollar for 1 pack & we got like 8 packs & only had to use 3 or 4 packs. This year we used a star on top & it was 3 dollars.
Post # 14
At the grocery stores now they have pre decorated real trees with a few ornaments and a bow on top for $20! Can’t beat that… then you can do what I’ve been doing and stalk ebay for the nearest ending items… I got my Fiance a watch for 99 cents plus $5 for shipping! Were pretty broke right now too… I’m getting my son the basic things he asked for and a bunch of stuff from the dollar tree.
Post # 15
I think that having no funds is probably the best time to create traditions that aren’t the “norm” and tend to be more “family”/connecting focus than $ focus.
A free tradition that our pastors do/have done FOREVER is every Christmas Eve they sleep in the living room around the fireplace TOGETHER and talk about how they’ve grown over the last year & things they hope for in the next. At first it was just him & her, but it’s been something that they now do with all 4 of their kids (2 grown, 2 teens)… a tradition that’s been going on some 25 years.
@julies1949: totally agree with all of these ideas too. =)
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I’m sorry to hear that! I was unemployed for a while a few years ago. I know it can be hard!
I found this website with come cute and inexpensive decorating ideas: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/16-easy-and-cheap-christmas-decorating-tips/
Some other things will put in in the Christmas spirit too…Put on Christmas music, light some candles, bring in the smells of christmas with baking an apple pie or making apple cider or gingerbread men (smell is big for me around Christmas time). Watch christmas movies. It’s all about enjoying all of the senses during Christmas time.