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November 30, 2011 at 8:02 AMComments: 4 Faves: 0

Christmas Decorations

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Christmas is definitely one of my favorite holidays. There's just something more special to it in my opinion. Maybe it’s the combination of the first snowfall, sitting by a warm fireplace with family and friends, and watching the Christmas movie classics.

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to get in the Christmas spirit!

For me, this means sipping lots of hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music (my favorite kind is the Sufjan Stevens version), and decorating the house with Christmas cheer.

Except, there’s a problem.

Since this is Luke and my first Christmas together, we are a little sparse on the holiday decorations.

He has saved decorations he has used in the past with all the roommates he’s lived with. And, surprisingly, he has more stuff than me! He has lots of Christmas ornaments and lights while I have only a couple ornaments. With both our inventory combined, we have just enough stuff to decorate the tree.

Now, I don’t think it’s mandatory that you decorate for the holiday season, but it does make the house feel all warm, cozy and festive.

Yesterday was my first day in search of affordable Christmas decorations. So, where do I turn to? My trusty thrift store that I know and love: Goodwill.

Candle Holder

First, I found a candle holder. I thought it would be great as a centerpiece for our kitchen table. We already had a candle that fit just perfectly too.


Cost: 99¢

Santa Mugs

I came across two matching Santa Clause mugs. I couldn’t resist. They were just so adorable.


Cost: 99¢ each


As I was standing in line waiting to pay, the men’s sweater rack was conveniently right next to me. Christmas time is the perfect time for more sweaters. There’s nothing better like putting on a warm sweater when it’s cold!

I knew my husband needed more sweaters too, so this made it an even bigger motivation to browse through the racks. I found just the one that was just his style.

He is an English teacher, so I think you’ll find this sweater will suit him perfectly. Oh, and I knew he liked it because he put it on as soon as I got home. I didn’t even ask him to do that. And factor #2, he has told be many times before if he doesn’t like something I picked out. So, I swear, he loved it. ;)

Cost: $3.29

Another Way to Find Affordable Holiday Decorations

Ask around and see if anyone you know is getting rid of some of theirs. My parents have a surplus of decorations, so I will be going through their boxes upon boxes and seeing if I can find ones they don’t want.

How do you decorate for Christmas? What's one of your favorite things about this holiday season?

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  • Cute Santa Mugs! Thanks for another great thrifty blog! Perfect for this time of the year!

  • Thanks Victoria! :)

  • Hey Brianne if that is your tree and fire place I say you did an excellent job of decorating! Actually great blog with good ideas! I love the sparkle of a Christmas tree!

  • @ Nancy. Sadly, that's not our tree or fireplace. Sorry to fool you on that! We are getting our tree this Saturday though. It's going to be a blue spruce I think. It'll be my first real Christmas tree. (My parents were allergic to the pine needles, so we always had fake ones).

    I'll post of a picture of it once it's up and decorated! How do you decorate for Christmas, Nancy?

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