There are so many ways to re-purpose, reuse, recycle - reduce our spending during the holidays while enjoying the traditions of decorating and sharing in the magic of the season with our family.
Carl found a beautiful branch in our backyard. After spraying it with a little silver spray-paint and adding Nick's school snowflakes, popcorn that Arielle strung and a few origami birds, we have a homemade Jesus Tree. We write down our wishes, hopes and fears and hang them on the tree, and Christmas morning, poof: they vanish.
Have you priced the Lego base platforms lately? Not only are they too small to build a city, they cost more than a real home if you're talking square footage. My hubby used some plywood and casters with inexpensive moulding for trim and voila! - Lego platforms that slide underneath the bed when not in use. If you have a son like my John-John, it will double as a tricked out bodyboard.
We are blessed with an awesome Restore nearby, and when I found these cool tablecloths and some white cafe curtain lace I just had to hook them up. They are dating exclusively now but no wedding date set just yet. I'll keep you posted. Just call me the Patti Stanger of Material Matchmaking.
And these smoochie lamps from Restore with World Market shades - I'm dreaming of Michael Buble (thank you for the heads up, Lily - I saw him last night. Again. Swoon.) sitting at the piano crooning me a love song.
But my favorite way to save and share during the holidays - every day really - is right here. They bring goodwill to men, women and children by encouraging us to spend less and share more. You can borrow a collection like the one below, wrap it and put it under the tree for your children with a note reminding them of the gift of sharing and how blessed we are to have a public library.
The Lion King DVD, Musical CD, Book
My children adore gifts from the library - I'd even say that they treat the materials from the library better than they care for things they own. I hope you are inspired to share their beauty with your family now and throughout the New Year.
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you for sharing the love of the library with me over the past six months and I'm looking forward to a lot more borrowed beauty in the year ahead.