Wednesday, December 10, 2008

WFMW: Choosing a Christmas Theme

To my truly frugal friends, changing Christmas themes each year seems a little odd. Many of my friends reuse their decorating items each year, adding a new one every now and then, but keeping things the same for the most part. I do things a little differently.

I generally choose my theme based on the clearance rack paper I find in the weeks after Christmas. This past January I found gorgeous rolls of blue and white paper that inspired this year's theme. I generally spend about $10 to decorate my tree each year. I know I save at least that much by buying the paper on clearance. I tend to use decorating the tree a project each year, with some more involved than others. Although I might start off with a certain idea, I am flexible enough to let it change within the spectrum of the same theme.

This year's tree features white origami flowers that turned out beautifully, but the beginning idea was to have different kinds of origami. As we learned how to make several different pieces, the girls and I loved the way these turned out. We still had a basic version of the original idea.

When you find a good starting point (like paper), then reuse things you already have so that you can get the most for your money. If you can incorporate some neutral items from last year's tree, then go ahead! It doesn't have to be all new to get a fresh look each year.

If you like lots of different papers, try looking around for items you already have. A houseful of boys would be receptive to a tree decorated with Hot Wheels cars. A little girl's room looks adorable with a tree full of pretty hair ribbons tied on the tree. The idea is to get something unique to this year -- not to spend tons of money!

I like to think that each year with my children changes as they age and change themselves. Although it may be traditional to have the same tree every year, our tradition is to find something new. It definitely works for us!

For more WFMW fun, go on over to Rocks in My Dryer to see what the rest of the crew has to say.


i'm black betty said...

i haven't changed my theme in ten years. maybe i should do that this year. :)

Ms. Tee said...

You'll definitely have to post some photos of your origami tree. :)

I read a few years ago that Julia Roberts didn't have any ornaments (or money) when she had her first tree, so she just took the ribbons off of presents and put them on the tree. It became a tradition for her, and now she just has all ribbons. I thought that was so cute. :)

Anonymous said...

I always seem to do the same thing LOL it always looks worst than I pictured it in my head and well :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

You are so creative! I would have never thought to be that prepared! :)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I'm like you and shop the after Christmas sales for next years things. I don't totally change my theme but I add and subtract things.


Anonymous said...

White origami ornaments sound amazing! Can you show us pics of what you're doing?

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh, I love to change my theme but I'm not as organized as you so I have to pay full price this year for new ornaments :( Oh well, it's worth it, right?!