- Choose a theme. One of the best things about the holiday season is that it comes with so many traditions, meaning there are lots of potential decorating themes out there for you to choose from. In addition, choosing a theme allows you to pull the decorating together more easily instead of going over the top trying to cover all of the possible holiday bases, which can prove time consuming and costly. Popular themes are winter wonderlands, snowmen, Nativity scenes, etc.
- Make your own decorations. Parents love adorning their walls with decorations made by their children. But even those without children can save a few dollars by making some of their own decorations. For instance, candles can be purchased and placed into empty jars you might have around the house, such as a recently emptied (and cleaned, of course) mayonnaise jar. Make sure the jar is glass and not plastic, as plastic will easily melt and create a fire hazard. If you have children or if you have nieces or nephews, invite them over to paint the jars or make other decorations.
- Wrap the walls. Most have heard the classic holiday tune "Deck the Halls," but a unique and inexpensive decorating technique can be wrapping the walls. Wrap pictures, mirrors, or even paintings in holiday-colored gift wrap to create a more festive mood. This can be done throughout the house if you so choose, or just in the areas such as the foyer or dining room where you'll be hosting guests.
- Build a snowman. Few things evoke the holiday spirit more than a snowman. If you're fortunate enough to have a white Christmas, grab the kids and head outside to build a snowman. This will be fun for you and the kids and also won't cost a dime.