Is Great Aunt Myrtle really going to notice that you didn’t put out the giant, gaudy gold Santa statue she gave you eight years ago for Christmas? Will the neighbors care that you didn’t cover your lawn in fake reindeer and a lit-up Nativity crèche? Are your friends going to be disappointed if you only hand out cookie baskets with three varieties, instead of your usual twelve? Nope.
Times are tighter, and we’re all feeling the pinch, especially with the holidays coming up. Here are our tips for Doing More With Less this holiday season, brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7!
Gather pine boughs, branches, and pinecones to make your own wreaths that will smell amazing indoors or out. Fill vases and glass bowls with coffee beans, cranberries, citrus zest, ginger, cinnamon sticks and unscented candles & place them around the house: As the candles burn, they’ll pick up the fragrance of the foods and waft it around.
Use scraps of fabric, ribbon, and trim left over from sewing projects to make wreaths, advent calendars, and other decorations. You can even make a wreath from the pages of a book you haven't read in years.
Your kids’ artwork is adorable, right? Right. Ask them to draw you some holiday scenes, then laminate them at an office supply store, punch a hole through the top, add a string, and put it on the tree. You can also go the clothespin Rudolph or pipe cleaner candy canes route.
Host a cookie exchange party: Rather than everyone handing out giant boxes of umpteen varieties of homemade cookies, have everyone make a large batch of their favorite recipe, then bring it to the party along with printouts of the recipe. Everyone can sample the fare, pick their favorites, and take a few of each kind home.
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