Our Frugal Christmas Decorations

by Dagmar Bleasdale on December 24, 2010

Our Christmas decoration doesn’t look much different than last year. I decided to use the fake tree I bought last year again because I had it in the house and got a desire to start decorating on Thanksgiving day.

I love decorating and couldn’t wait, plus I’m just too frugal to buy one in the size I’d want, which would cost around $100.

This one is tall and unnaturally lean, which works out great so we don’t constantly run into it. This year I put it in a different place — having it in front of the bedroom meant always having to step over the lights last year. Not practical.

My parents had an antique store in Germany when I was growing up, and one of the leftovers are these little books with German Christmas songs and poems that are Christmas tree ornaments. I’ve had them since I was teenager.

My mom bought us these lovely handmade Christmas stockings. I have one with an angel, Don one with a nutcracker, and Landon’s has a teddy bear. Since we don’t have a fireplace, the banister is the perfect place for them.

In the summer I found this cute, old school desk with a height-adjustable chair for Landon at an antique fair, and it’s been sitting in the corner where the Christmas tree was last year.

When I found that ABC art work at TG Maxx for $8 I just had to get it because it fit the school theme. The little desk has become the place for L’s Playmobil advents calendar.

I bought it right after Christmas on sale last year at Borders for a few bucks and had been holding on to it since then. My brother and I always got little toys from an advents calendar my mom would stock, and I loved the anticipation, so I couldn’t wait to finally give this Playmobil calendar to L.

He has a hard time with just opening one box every day, so I have to put it out of his reach after he gets the next little toy out of it. Can you see the box on top of the cupboard in picture number 2?

Can you see how many things kind of snuck into this scene here?

That’s not the Santa that came with the calendar, that one disappeared after just one day, so this is the stand-in. How Hollywood.

My little man doing a craft project in front of the Christmas tree. It’s missing the $1 tree skirt I bought at the dollar store.

I don’t have a picture of them, but I’m also displaying these angels in one of our bookcases. I love them and my mom buys us a new one every year.

Do you spend a lot of money on your Christmas decoration? When did you start decorating this year?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather December 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Do you have a Christmas “spider”?!


Jessica07 December 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I love those little books!


Brenna @ Almost All The Truth December 26, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Love the decorations! Most of ours have been passed down to us, although Santa brings one ornament for each child every year. They will then be able to take their collections when they have homes of their own, just like my mom did for me.

This year we inherited a whole Christmas Village from great-grandma on my husband’s side. It looks lovely on our mantle. Plus, it is all the more meaningful.


Rondi December 25, 2010 at 9:05 PM

I usually use the same tree and decorations for a few years before I purchase new ones. I am also frugual and make the best of what I have for as long as I can. I start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I also enjoy decorating! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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