Putting up Christmas decorations is a traditional part of the holiday, and one that Filipino families uphold every year. Some even make the effort of changing their decorations every year to keep things interesting. Others have no choice but to get new decorations if their old ones have reached the end of the road.
On the other hand, you don’t really have to buy new decorations to keep things fresh, especially since you’ve probably already allocated your Christmas budget for buying gifts and preparing your Noche Buena. There are a lot of creative tricks that you can apply to ensure that your home reflects your enthusiasm for the holiday using what you already have.
1. Instead of getting elaborate candleholders for your dinner table, clean up some old wine bottles you’ve been keeping around and stick candles into them to evoke the warmth of the holidays. For a unique twist, find bottles in different sizes and shapes, and paint them or wrap them with colorful paper.
2. If you have a tall potted plant in the house or on the porch that’s looking a little lonely, take some of your Christmas tree’s ornaments and hang them on the plant. Skip the lights, though, as watering the plant while trying to avoid the electrical wires will prove to be tricky (and dangerous).
3. If you have an empty table or surface and nothing to put on it, you can fill it by displaying the Christmas cards that you receive from friends and family.
4. Why not try putting your old decorations and ornaments somewhere else for a change? For instance, instead of hanging your Christmas wreath on the door, lay it on your living room table and place a candle in the middle for a seasonal centerpiece.
5. Got any decorative bowls collecting dust somewhere? Bring them out and (after washing them) fill them with candy as a colorful display that doubles as a sweet treat for guests. To keep with the holiday spirit, choose candy in red, green, and white wrappers.
6. After wrapping your gifts, take your remaining wrapping paper and frame it as a sort of Yuletide art piece.
7. If you have any holiday-colored ribbon left over from your last DIY project, use them. Tie ribbons everywhere that’s lacking decoration, from the necks or rims of vases to the seatbacks of your dining room chairs.
8. If you like to keep empty food jars for that “just in case” time that hasn’t happened yet, it’s time to put them to good use. Fill these jars with small Christmas ornaments, ribbons and beads and place them on your side tables. (This is especially a good way to use the ornaments that have already lost their hangers.)
Preparing your home for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. All you need is to let your imagination flow and be resourceful with the things you have around the house. And when you decorate, don’t forget to involve the whole family, pass around the hot chocolate and crank up the old Christmas tunes. Happy decorating!