Whether you’re on a budget or not, the Holidays have become such a commercial juggernaut that the amount of money we pour into celebrating them seems to increase each year.
And it’s not just the amount of money we spend we should be thinking about in these days of climate change, but the sustainability of what we choose to decorate with.
So, this post is about how to decorate your home for the Holidays on a budget. But what if the budget we set for ourselves for this purpose were to be spent on decorations that not only didn’t break the bank but didn’t break the environment?
The days of enormous, live trees and other conspicuous symbols of the season are rapidly coming to an end. With sustainability in mind, people are turning to permanent trees made of non-traditional materials, like metal. They’re smaller in scale, still beautiful and can easily be positioned on a large table in the living room or foyer.
So, plan to scale down the tree and then choose several key areas to decorate. Planning should be the rule of a world moving toward a zero-waste model, so re-use what you already have, creating a warm Holiday atmosphere that’s not cluttered or garish.
Less is more.
Most of what you need is free and it’s outside. So, take a day with the family. Find an area with old growth pines which render pine cones. Pine cones are one of the most versatile Holiday decorative elements you’ll find, as they look great adorning your festive table, your tree, or a wreath.
Natural greenery used to deck the halls, the mantlepiece and the feasting table stand in for the mass-produced plastic stuff. It’s beautiful, it’s sustainable and it doesn’t cost you penny.
While items like disposable napkins and plates (even cutlery) may seem like the right solution for visiting guests, they’re the wrong solution for the planet. And to be honest, they’ll ending up costing you a lot more money than using their permanent counterparts.
Root around in your local secondhand shop to find fabric for napkins that will match your overall Holiday decoration color scheme. Then, make them into permanent napkins. If you don’t have a large set of matching dinnerware, mix and match what you’ve got for a Bohemian Holiday table.
And don’t forget to visit your local Christmas Mark to find unusual, custom-made decorations and ornaments. The more artisanal the better, as handmade Holiday decorations tend to be more durable. You’ll be enjoying them for years to come as they become family traditions that everyone looks forward to seeing.
Budgeting and sustainability go hand in hand. The less you buy, the less you spend. And the less you buy, the happier the planet is. As you make sustainable choices, your Holiday budget gets a break and everybody wins.
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