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Decorating for the Holidays on a Budget

Holiday decor is one of my favorite things about this time of year. Whether you’re a firm believer in no decor before Thanksgiving, or you’d prefer to keep your tree up all year, we can all agree, it’s fun. I’m also usually someone who waits to decorate until after Thanksgiving, but 2020 has made us throw out the rules. Our tree went up before Thanksgiving this year, for the first time ever. Tommy and I are both real tree people, but with Thomas around this year, we got a faux tree for simplicity’s sake. And, I’m already sold on it!

It was so easy to put up! And I love that I don’t have to remember to water because mom brain is real and I can’t remember anything. It’s also so nice to not need to clean up a trail of pine needles so perhaps I’m bah-humbugging, but I’m happy with our choice.

We bought a pre-lit tree and I’ve loved having it on throughout the day and evening. The light is so pretty and soothing. I am waiting to put on ornaments until after Thanksgiving though, but even just having the lights on is so pretty and soothing. So I think putting the tree up sans ornaments and then decorating it the weekend of Thanksgiving will be my new strategy going forward. It extends Christmas holiday season without totally skipping Thanksgiving! (Never mind I still have fall garland and pumpkins right next to the tree!)

Okay, let’s round up some of the best, affordable holiday decor I’ve found so far this year!Decorating for the Holidays on a Budget

Decorating for the Holidays on a Budget

Decorating for the Holidays on a Budget

Decorating for the Holidays on a Budget

Since holiday decor is a seasonal thing (see my fall decor here), it’s hard for me to justify spending a lot of money on it even though I know I’ll use it for years! I know I’ll love it, but then I have to pack it away, so I just don’t feel great about buying everything from high end retailers. However, if you’re engaged and adding to a registry, definitely add a few special holiday pieces that you’ll love forever, like some holiday china (and by the way, that set is on HUGE sale!). And gifting holiday decor is always fun if you plan ahead to gift it early in the season!

Hopefully these finds help inspire your Christmas decor.


Where are your favorite places to buy holiday decor? And are you team faux or real tree? Do you put it up before or after Thanksgiving? Growing up, we usually didn’t get our tree until Christmas Eve and we decorated it that night.

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