- 10 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
The Dollar Tree has amazing Christmas decorations. =)
The Dollar Tree has amazing Christmas decorations. =)
Unfortunately being unemployed over the winter holidays is pretty common, it is the slow reason for most companies. This is only the 2nd year out of six years that we have both been employed over the holidays (knock on wood) but I don’t expect it to stay that way in the years to come. This year we bought a 10 dollar 3′ xmas tree and 3 little boxes of decorations and thats all we have for christmas decor but it is ours and thats all that matters. Christmas is just what you make of it really it is not about blowing money on stuff 🙂
The first two years Fiance could only afford to buy me a Dvd for christmas, but that has now turned into a bit of a tradition (getting a dvd) rather then a have too and I love it lol.
You guys can make decor from “found” things. You do not have to buy anything. I have a friend who made ornaments from the Leggs (eggs haped) pantyhose containers when they first got married (many, many years ago) because they could not afford to buy them. They can certainly afford them now, but she still hangs those things on her tree for sentimental reasons. Leggs don’t come in these anymore, but look around and see what you have a lot of and work it!
I bought a baby tree at Home Depot (it’s a live plant, some sort of dwarf pine) for about $17. I’ll bet you can find decorations at a Dollar Tree for, well, a dollar. I’m sorry you’re having such a rough time this year, but PPs have given some great suggestions. As far as gifts go, if either of you drink alcohol, look into infused vodkas. I’m going to make my dad a Bloody Mary kit with a bottle of homemade pepper infused vodka. You can make various fruit flavours, even cucumber, and they’re as cheap or as expensive as you want them to be because it depends on the type of vodka you buy.
Last year DH got me some albums and we danced to them on Christmas. It was great. We have gone through a lot of holidays with NOTHING. Yes, nothing. Here are some of the things we do: I will bake bagels (he loves them), we will play games, watch movies online. He will make me a drawing on a handmade card. The more you can learn to make the most of nothing, the better off you will be -because you will be able to handle anything in life, and when you do have more someday, you will appreciate everything.
I’m sorry you are going through a rough time. I’m unemployed this year too and I know how difficult that can be.
When I was a starving student, I decorated our tree with carboard cut out circles that I covered in tin foil. I made them in different sizes and used all sorts of cereal boxes, etc. Punch a hole and make a loop with twine. I made a star for the tree topper this way. Those things hung on my tree for 4 years. They looked great and I was proud that it cost almost nothing to do. lol We also had our friends over and brought out some wrapping paper and other scraps and asked people to make ornaments. It was a lot of fun and we hang some of them on our tree every year.
I’ve decorated a large potted plant before…that can be fun too.
You can make popcorn and cranberry strings for the tree as well. Those always look great.
My husband and I have a night every Christmas where we make finger foods, drink wine and just sit and talk…with candles everywhere. You can buy tea lights at IKEA for almost nothing or go to the Dollar Store.
I love the stocking idea!
If you know someone with a yard you can always ask if they are pruning their evergreens…I’ve just decorated our place with clippings from my parents place.
If you put your heads together, I’ll bet you’ll have a wonderful time. 🙂
Lots of good ideas here. You could start traditions such as going to look at Christmas lights, baking cookies together, making a snowman.
We moved away from where our families live and this is our 3rd Christmas away from home. We started a tradition for Christmas eve to go to the big mall and window shop and people watch. We’ve spent a few hours both years. It is lots of fun to see all the decorations and just be out. Then we come home and hang out.
Go to thrift stores, you never know what kind of decorations you could find for cheap!
Okay this is going to sound super cheesy but its a true story! My grandma always loved to tell us when we were growing up about her favorite Christmas ever. It was the first Christmas after she and my grandpa were married, and they were flat broke. They didn’t have money for gifts for each other so they decided to take $2 and go to the dime store. They split up and each got $1 to buy the other 10 little gifts. One of the gifts my grandma got for my grandpa was a deck of cards and she said they spent all day Christmas sitting on their bed in PJs playing cards and laughing, and that was her favorite Christmas ever… even more so than later on when they had money and kids and were able to do the “traditional” stuff.
I’m so sorry you are going through a rough time right now, and you are not silly for being upset! Christmas is a very special time for many people, especially when it is your first christmas as husband and wife or even your first christmas together as a couple. We are super mega broke right now as well and december is going to be even worse than the last few months, but there is A LOT you can do on a minimal budget or without spending anything.
DH and i have a few traditions, nothing fancy but they are “ours” and important to us:
– we are listening to christmas music every day in december
– we are giving each other gifts in the morning and take a picture in front of our (plastic) tree. If we can’t afford gifts, like this year, we still take the photo.
– we are having an advent calender, either homemade or a cheap one filled with chocolate from the store.
– we always have a DIY advent wreath. You can easily make one yourself even without buying a candle holder. Simply place four candles on a tray or dinner plate and decorate it with some small ornaments or a fir branch or pinecones or some hazelnuts and walnuts. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it is about creating your tradition and in a few years when your finances are better you can look back and say “Oh honey, do you remember that crappy thing we had in your first year?” and then you both have a good time laughing about it 😉
– I have a tradition with my father. Each year he brings a good bottle of wine just for him and me and we drink a few glasses. I am always looking forward to that and you could do the same with your DH
You can make your own tree ornament. Simply print out a small photo of you and your hubby, write “our first christmas” and the wedding date on it, attach a ribbon and hang it on the fridge if you are not having a tree.
You can buy cheapo ornaments at WalMArt or the Dollar Tree as PP already mentioned, but you could also make them from egg-carton papier-maché. I’ll try to find a tutorial for you
I made a christmas wreath from old newspaper and a thrift store scarf, it cost me 2€ ( ca.3$).
You can make your own stockings from an old pair of jeans or a sweater. Use (hot) glue if you can’t sew. It works 🙂
I have tons of cheap christmas crafts in my Pinterest board, e.g. christmas tree made from coffee filters or paper or a yarn snowman, a bottle cap snowman etc. Pinterest is an awesome source of inspiration! Unless you haven’t signed up already, do it NOW :))
I have made distressed photo canvases as christmas gifts or my sister. They cost next to nothing and look great. I have a tutorial on my blog, PM me if you like or simply type “distressed photo canvas tutorial” into Google. There are lots of blogs with instructions, either for a laser printer or inkjet printer.
Ok, i hope this helps so far. I will probably have more ideas throughout the day and I’ll let you know then.
Your christmas is only going to be blue if you allow it, so please, please don’t be sad! You and your DH have each other and nothing else is important!
Instead of buying presents, make edibles as gifts. Enjoy each other’s company and reflect on that (which is the true meaning of Christmas) instead of focusing on materialism and what you can’t afford.
Love, love all the ideas! Thank you ladies so much! Espeically for all of the inspirations, and kinda words. I never invisioned being in this situation our very first Christmas, but I suppose these are pretty unpredictable times.
It made me feel better to hear of others in the same situation who either managed to turn their luck around, or managed to have an amazing christmas (even starting new traditions). Really you all have no idea how much better this is making me feel.
DH and I were able to go find a rather inexpensive small tree, already decorated with lights. We found a box of small inexpensive ornaments to decorate it with as well. Then in addition I ventured to dollar tree and found window clings, plastic candy canes and a tree skirt. It’s all going to make everything so much more festive around here!
I was able to buy him a small present, and I am looking for ideas of cute gifts I can make for the holidays.
@Usuki: That wreath is adorable! Thanks for the craftsy ideas, and for continuing to look for more!
If you ladies wouldn’t all mind, perhaps we can keep this thread going with new ideas and traditions. I cannot be the only one in this situation with the current state of the economy. Perhaps our ideas can help others the way they’ve helped me. You really are all the best. Thank you for your well wishes.
I actually had what seems like a very promising job interview. So perhaps our luck will start to turn around. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! 🙂
I’m not sure if this has been suggested.. but go to your local Salvation Army.. They always have christmas trees..and you could get one for super cheap.. lots of cute holiday decorations too.I bet you could walk out with a decent amount without spending a lot of money. That’s how i decorated our home last year..
Also hit up dollar tree, they have so much that you can use to decorate anything!
This is a picture of the Christmas tree for DH and I’s first Christmas together back in 2005. Yes, that is a piece of forest underbrush that I stuck in a pot and leaned up against the wall. I’m sorry you’re having a hard time, and I don’t know if you’ve been together a long time, but these years will really be the days that form the solid foundation of your relationship, and you’ll look back on much more fondly than you do now. I totally remember cranking up the Christmas tunes, and dancing around as we put all 6 of those ornaments (and one seashell from one of those soap sets that I put some thread on up in the top right), and just enjoyed some time together.
I pinned a few things on Pinterst that look like they’d be cheap/easy. Something like these paper balls, you could eve print your own Christmas themed paper off your home printer.
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