It’s a beautiful sort of quiet. I sit in a bowl of soft blankets and pillows accompanied by the faint tapping of typing fingers and the romantic melody of a piano humming out christmas carols. Our perfectly imperfect little tree casts a glow on the rest of the room and I can seek flickers coming from the candlelit dinner awaiting us in the kitchen. This is our first Christmas together and I am blessed.

With Christmas tomorrow, I feel inspired to share with you 5 ways we made Christmas memorable this year, without spending every last penny!

1. Take a Trip to the Forest

If your blessed to live by a national forest, check it out and see if they allow tree cutting. We cut our beautiful tree down for only $10 and helped to prevent wild fires in the process! Decorate with lights and a popcorn string for an inexpensive rustic look.

P.S. We found the ornaments in the Czech Republic this past summer.

We also found some gorgeous greenery growing in between patches of snow that we took home and put on our kitchen table. It made the perfect centerpiece and didn’t cost a dime!

2. Adorable Homemade Gifts

If you have quite a few people on your Christmas shopping list, consider making handmade gifts. There are so many cute ideas out there that are inexpensive, yet adorable and thoughtful!

This year, I found some delicious smelling soaps while on a trip to Tarpon Springs, FL. A little creativity and a few simple supplies later and you have these delightful goodies! My coworkers absolutely loved them!

So here are the details…

  • Soaps – $4 each
  • Brown Paper – $3 for a whole roll at Hobby Lobby
  • Stamps – about $3 each at Hobby Lobby
  • Little Trees – $1 for six in the dollar section at Target
  • Christmas Twine – $1 for a roll in the dollar section at Target

Most of these things can be used multiple times.

3. Homemade Breads

Another one of my favorite ways to spread Christmas cheer is to make homemade breads for family and friends. For as long as I can remember, my mom has made pumpkin bread that in my opinion, is the best you’ve ever tasted! Warm up a slice and serve it with butter and a mug of cold eggnog. If you’d like the recipe, you can sign up to receive it and other great freebies below.

4. Be a Blessing

Don’t allow yourself to be so focused on saving money that you forget to be a blessing! There are ways to bring a smile to the people in our lives, without spending a fortune. I’m talking about the people that we don’t often think of, but who are always there, faithfully doing their job.

A couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through Pinterest and I found this really sweet idea that I want to share with you.

This family put out a tin of drinks and snacks for their delivery guys working overtime for the holidays! What a special and inexpensive way to bring a smile to their faces and show them that someone is thinking about them. I can’t wait to do this next year!

5. Give the Gift of Time

Whether or not you have the biggest and greatest gifts under your tree, I encourage you to give something that’s more valuable than any materialistic thing. Your time.

If you’re with family this Christmas, put your phone down and hold someone close, read a Christmas classic, and go caroling. Call a grandparent that may be all alone for Christmas day, let them know that you love them. Lay aside any past offense or differences and take the opportunity to make the most of every single moment.

Wrapped gifts will always become old and broken, but God’s gifts will last forever. And those gifts of time, love, and salvation are worth all the money in the world.

 

What are some ways you make Christmas special on a low budget? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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