That time of year is upon once again; Christmas! As Halloween moves out and the Hallmark Channel starts their holiday movie countdown, all I can concentrate on is my Christmas tree; more specifically what exactly am I going to do about a tree? I mean, I have to think of something and quick! I have to show it off at Thanksgiving Dinner, right?!
While it may not have to be up by Thanksgiving, it does have to go up at some point. If you are like me and usually have no idea where to start, you’ve come to the right place. I have come up with a few Christmas tree ideas to help you out; as an added bonus they are pretty budget friendly.
Christmas Tree Idea #1:
Don’t put one up! Well, don’t put up a traditional tree; live or otherwise. A few years ago a friend of mine was having a tough time financially around the holidays. She couldn’t afford a tree, live, artificial, new, or second-hand, so she decided to make one. She bought a some poster board, some red duct tape, some glitter, and a package of round felt balls. She cut the poster board into a triangle (for the tree), put the red duct tape on it (spaced about about 1 ½ inches apart-for her lights), added glitter all over it, and then the kids glued the round felt balls to it (for the decorations). They then hung it on the wall–literally, with three nails, one in each corner and not all of the way hammered in. She had a few electric candles that she put on either side of the tree and plugged them in. This gave it a little “glow”. This was one of the cutest trees I have ever seen and she spent less than $7.00 on it. It was even cuter when the gifts were placed under it!
Even now that she is in a better position financially, they still hang that tree up every year. She loves it, the kids love it, and they all loved making it together. This is a great idea for those who may not have a lot of time to put up a tree, may not can afford one this year, or even to just make for the kid’s room so they have their own tree.
Christmas Tree Idea #2:
This is one of my favorite ideas–a themed tree. Themed trees are awesome to me because, well, they’re themed! The sky’s the limit with these. In fact, the theme doesn’t even have to make sense to anyone but you. Over the years I have seen some very extreme, die hard themes-read: blue, silver, and white Dallas Cowboys tree–and some very cute, subtle themes–read: pink tree, silver icicles, and a unicorn topper. Contrary to popular belief themed trees do not have to be expensive. You can usually find everything you need at craft stores, online, or even by asking around in social media groups.
I get that themed trees aren’t for everyone and that’s perfectly okay. However, if this is something you are interested in, right now is a great time to start tossing around theme ideas and start hunting for things you will need.
Christmas Tree Idea #3:
The kid tree. Growing up this was our absolute favorite! The kid tree is really just letting the kids decorate the tree. In some cases, if they are able, it is letting them put it up as well. It is chaotic, often times lopsided, can be a little messy, and more often than not most of the ornaments end up placed strictly on one side. My mom used to let us decorate the tree while she silently cringed on the inside. She would guide us if she saw that half of the tree was naked and she would explain how we needed to spread the ornaments out, but she really let us just have at it. She’s the mom that saved every ornament we made in elementary school so we always had a lot of handmade items on the tree, which made it even more special.
If you think you can handle not having a perfect tree (I am not my mother’s child when it comes to this, but I have loosened my reigns over the past few years!) the kid tree is the perfect Christmas tree idea for you. I guarantee the kids are sure to have a good time and you might even end up having one as well.
I am thankful Christmas trees are only a stressor for a small portion of the year. The more I think about it, I think I am going to loosen my reigns all the way this year and let the kids just go for it, while I curl up on the couch with some eggnog and cringe on the inside. Well, maybe not loosen them all the way, I will have to remind them that we can’t have a half naked tree. Hmm, maybe I am my mother’s child when it comes to this after all!