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  • See How These Moms Save Money on Christmas Decorations!

    These moms have made Christmas decorating about giving, inspiring, and creating.
    by Caren Bayhon-Yrastorza .
See How These Moms Save Money on Christmas Decorations!
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  • There is no escaping the Christmas fever! People have become busy planning their parties, Christmas songs are heard everywhere, and most malls are now done with its Christmas decor!

    And us? Many of us are stumped right now, probably not for decorating ideas but how to make sure it doesn't get expensive. How do other moms do it?  

    These moms decided to get creative by not being afraid to reuse old holiday decorations and create new ones. The result is holiday ornaments that have a more personal touch.

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    Baby Baarde usually sets up for Christmas after November 1 and she makes her holiday decoration. “Two years ago, I did not replace my old Christmas tree when some branches got broken. Instead, I opted to make my own and kept the branches of that tree.” She got so engrossed in creating beautiful Christmas ornaments that she decided to make it every year.

    Baby's Christmas pieces make use of recycled materials from magazine and newspaper pages (that are made into beads!), cartons, old ribbons, buttons and many more.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Baby Baarde
    “Last year, I created several Christmas trees of different sizes. They were tabletop trees."
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Baby Baarde

    “Since last year, since I was able to gather useful little items from the drawers everywhere in the house. I think I have not  spent more than Php1,200 for additional trimmings anymore. This year, I will just add hanging ornaments, because I’m using my decorations again from last year.”

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    Camille King, an excellent photographer and a stylist, orchestrates her Christmas holiday decorating at home through collaborative work with her helper, Aida, who has been with her family for 30 years.

    “My mom, daughter and I are crafty and love doing holiday craft projects. But we can be ‘ningas kugon’ that’s why we usually end up giving it to Aida, our household help. She loves making things, too, and can be so OC about it.”

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    Camille says she usually re-uses Christmas decoration every year, but the theme or color motif varies.
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    “We have a few framed photo ornaments hanging in our Christmas tree. Every year, those photos are updated with newer ones or with new photos of new members of the family.”

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    Aside from her exquisite talent in cooking, Roxanne Aquino always surprises everyone with her homemade crafts like her garments in crochet. Her DIY Christmas decoration is usually up during the first week of December or as late as a week before Christmas. She draws a lot of inspiration from the things she sees, like sewing Santa hat chair covers for the dining room. But “Pinterest website is my friend when it comes to getting DIY craft ideas.”

    Roxanne added the crochet detail Christmas ball and made the tea light jar with the nativity scene.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Roxanne Aquino

    Roxanne underscores the practical reason for recycling Christmas decorations. “We have decorations that we still use from many years back. Even more so now that our family has been making an effort on decluttering and reducing waste, I only choose those that can be reused every year.”


    She adds,  “We spent the most on the first year we purchased decoration because that included the tree, garlands, wreath, which amounted to probably about Php8,000. The following years, we probably would only spend Php1,000 each year.”

    One of her favorite places to buy for Christmas decor is Dapitan Arcade where you can find a sea of Christmas ornaments and trimmings at affordable prices. She also mentions she buys Christmas decorations during the post-Christmas sale and uses it for next Christmas.

    With their creative minds and hands, these moms have made Christmas decorating about giving, inspiring, and creating. Have a creative Christmas!

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