It's our first Christmas at the Jones Home, and we're doing it differently than we've ever done it. A major part of that is figuring out how to get the most holiday cheer for the least amount of consumerism.
We're doing pretty good so far. First, we tackled decor. Because, though we don't want to contribute to the mass slaughter and waste of the Evergreen community, it's just not Christmas without a tree. So we're faking it this year. Shopping for one was an eye-opener, though. Costco - $350 for a falsey. No thanks. Wal-Mart it is. $35 got us a (pre-lit!) tree that's not too shabby. I wish it was a post-consumer recyled-materials kind of tree, but I'm afraid it's just a mass-produced piece of Christmas spirit made exactly for spend-savvy families like ours.
So we bought the wirey misfit - laughing a little at its rough beginnings - and put it together with the help of a Sufjan Stevens Christmas album and some delicious soy-milk 'nog.
One of the best parts of this year's Santa smattering, our ornaments. They were free!!! We rescued them from a dumpster fate when my mom Fall-cleaned her garage.
So, here it is...our $35 tree, now laced with some pretty fantastic memories salvaging, decorating and enjoying it with my wonderful Christmas sweetheart.
Now, let's see if I stick to this "less is more" philosophy when it comes to buying him gifts!! It's hard not to spoil the one you love... :)