The weather here in northern Indiana has been crazy! Crazy good I should say. It is the middle of November, we haven’t had a flake of snow, and the daytime temps are in the 50s and 60s. It’s crazy! I am NOT complaining by the way. It’s been gorgeous. Nice enough to keep me outside doing little things. I am not a Christmas before Thanksgiving person…at all. By the way, apparently, in some stores, Christmas comes before Halloween now also. That is a huge pet peeve of mine and I could rant for pages, but I’ll spare you for another day. Anyway, the weather was so beautiful yesterday that I started putting up some outdoor Christmas decorations. My family looked at me like I was an alien, but they really didn’t say a whole lot because it’s been a few years since I’ve felt Christmassy, and that’s saying something because Christmas is my favorite holiday. I hate the cold so my husband always puts up the outside decorations, but I like how I do it….when I do it. I got out the icicle lights and plugged them in to test them before I hung them. Good thing. Not one complete strand worked and the ones that did kept blinking on and off. Into the garbage they went. I don’t want to spend any money on decorations this year so I said to myself, “Self, we are going to decorate without lights this year. What do I need to do to make that work?” I have come up with a plan to decorate on a budget of $0. I am only going to use what I already have. I’m a bit of a pack rat, so I have a lot of things in my stash that I can make into beautiful decorations with a little bit of effort on my part. I’m just going to do it little by little and see what I can come up with. Yesterday, I hung up all of my outdoor garland around my deck and up the handrails and added some of those red bows on corners and the tops of the swag sections. I have a roll of white ribbon with red ornaments on it that I’m going to make bows out of and add those to brighten it up a bit. Of course, I have to learn how to make bows first. That is one thing that I have never been able to figure out. I have a friend….it’ll all work out. That might be a good idea for a series of posts. (lightbulb moment!) Christmas Decorations on a $0 Budget. We’ll see how it works out.
Have a great day!