Nothing beats the smell of pine in winter. We're not old enough to have a Christmas tree this year (Mama is afraid we'll pull off and break all her favorite ornaments), but we've made up for it by decking our little matchbox of a house with lots and lots of greenery.
Here are some holiday tricks and tips:
See if your local Christmas tree farm has cuttings they're willing to give away or sell to you for a reasonable price. They can't make evergreen wreaths out of all them!
Broken glass ornaments? Instead of throwing them away, collect the shards, cover them with a paper towel and smash them into little bits. Then put the tiny shards into a clear glass ornament for a brand new one you can't buy in stores!
Save money and use things you already have around the house to decorate. We have tons of homemade fun cutting out snowflakes from printer paper (okay, so Mama cuts them and Afon pretends to--no scissors for toddlers!). Use paper bags from grocery shopping to wrap presents for a whimsical bunch under the Christmas tree boughs. Collect pine cones from the park or your backyard.
Search thrift stores for old ornaments. Use them as vase fillers and place them in bowls with evergreen clippings.
How do you decorate your home for the Christmas season?