Sometimes, it’s difficult to admit our shortfalls but when we do, we have an opportunity to help others. Years ago, I was so fixated on making things perfect that I failed to budget. I felt perfection, appearances were more important than the cost. I won’t bore you with details but you can see the problems this would cause down the road. Over the years, I have seen other families fall into this trap, spending to not just keep up with the Joneses but to surpass them at all cost. Not good!
Christmas can be one of the worst times of the year for overspending. Mr. D always reminds me to avoid guilt spending, feeling an obligation to buy expensive presents out of guilt. I have learned many lessons over the years & I work to learn even more. One lesson I have learned it that we can have a beautiful home during the Holidays without spending a fortune. One way to accomplish this is by making our own decorations. right now, our home is filled with handmade decorations I have been working on the last few months. They didn’t cost much & they allow me to create a low cost version of the beauty & perfection I could never seem to buy.
This year, avoid spending so much on Christmas that you spend all 2015 paying for 2014! One way to avoid this is by making decorations like these 9 craft projects from All You. Homemade decorations & gifts allow you go create unique items unlike any other. And to me, that is the best Simple Joy of all!
Affordable Holiday Crafts
This time of year, I enjoy seeing all the elegant trees featured in magazines, on websites & shared by people on FB. I sometimes long for those perfect trees, decorated so carefully with items that coordinate with one another. Then I look at my tree. It is beautiful in its own way but there are a few items that would prevent it from being featured in any magazine. There’s the cloth ornament with “For Dad” on one side & “Fro Mom” on the other, made by The Child when she was young. There’s the faded ornament with my name written in glitter, given to me by our church when I was a toddler. There’s the 2 angels with The Child’s name on one & my name on the other. Our names were added with labels printed out by Mr. D. who wanted us to know we were HIS angels! These decorations may not be elegant but they are packed with memories & money can buy those no matter how hard we try!
Woman’s Day offers you the opportunity to create memories with your family this Christmas. They have developed a series of DIY ornaments that you & your family can make to added to your tree this year & in the years to come. Enjoy!
When I decorate our Christmas tree each year, I am filled with memories as I hang various ornaments on our tree. The pin & white knit stocking made by a co-worker for The Child on her first Christmas. The bicycle ornament I gave Mr. D. when we were first married. The ornament the church gave me when I was a toddler. And especially, the wax filled ornaments my great-grandparents brought with them from Germany.
As beautiful as those ornaments are, the ones I love the most are the handmade ornaments from friends & made by The Child as she was growing up. Do you have handmade ornaments on your tree? If not, it’s time to add some! If you do, you can always make room for more!
Country Living shares their selection of 31 easy to make ornaments. Many can be made with & by your kids. Prepare them for your tree this year. Then, enjoy the memories they stir up each year as you decorate your tree!
What is your favorite ornament on your Christmas tree? Tell us about it! Share the history & why it means so much to you!
Easy to Make Ornaments
Mix them with your traditional decorations for an extra special look.
Source: 35 Homemade Christmas Ornaments to Hang on Your Tree