Are you short on space at your house like we are? Don’t let that stop you from decorating for the holidays or putting up a tree. All you need to create an alternative Christmas tree is a little imagination and a small spot of wall or a door.
We have an limited amount of space for holiday decorating. Although I could easily do without a Christmas tree (I’m not the most holiday spirited gal around), I just couldn’t deny my boys the fun and excitment of holiday decorating. I knew I didn’t want to spend a fortune on an alternative tree, so I wandered around the house looking for odds and ends we could transform into some Christmas cheer. It all started with a simple piece of string, leftover from a knitting project. I simply outlined the shape of a tree (ok, a large triangle) on the back of a door and the boys quickly turned that into their very own work of holiday art.
Using mostly would-be trash items, our tree quickly filled the room with the sprit of the season. Scrap pieces of contruction and printer paper turned into ornaments and decorative chains. A long forgotten piece of garland became the centerpiece of the tree. And Chritmas cards are being added as they arrive too! If you were in our kitchen as we decorated, you would have heard my boys humming Christmas carols and bursting at the seams with ideas on what to decorate next.
So, what do you think of our family’s creation? I think my boys did a fantastic job! And there seems to be a bit more decorating every day, which is wonderful family fun.
And if your kids are anything like mine, they are very worried about Santa and the fireplace. My youngest insists, “We can’t have a fire on Christmas Eve because we don’t want Santa to get hurt.” Since having no fire is a no-go, we came up with an alternative fireplace for Santa Claus. We let the boys engineer it themselves and I believe it came out great! No worries about Santa burning his bum on this fire!
In addition to our tree and fireplace, we’ve put up a plethora of chains around the house, hanging from the ceilings, and have been putting a holiday spin on our homeschool art classes. My youngest has even been making fun hats, like the one he is wearing above, for everyone to wear. Depsite my long time lack of love for the holidays, this year has been a lot of fun for me. I think the key has been having fun together, as a family.
What have you done to decorate for the holidays? Do you like our alternative tree idea?