Christmas Decorating on a Budget
Written by Guest Columnist: Lyn Andeen
What a great time of year! Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
With all the gift buying we may be on a tighter budget than usual. The good news is, there are lots of great country Christmas collectibles for very reasonable prices.
I'm especially drawn to some of the items that were popular in my own childhood. Mixed with natural greenery those cute little Christmas houses, bottle brush trees, and figurative candles make a great and inexpensive display. Some of the earlier German items like the sheep and animals mix in well. And don't forget Santa!
We can also draw from our everyday country collections to decorate. Some of these items we don't necessarily associate with Christmas and some we do. If you’re lucky enough to own a feather tree, great! If not, a natural tree or even a branch from outside is great for decorating. Early spun ornaments and figurative glass ornaments mixed with old socks and mittens, cookie cutters, sewing items and early potholders are a few items I use. I love to unwind an old ragball as garland.
For a great display under the tree, pull out those old sleds, skates and toys. For the mantle or center pieces all lighting, stone fruit, butter molds, candy containers, boxes of all kinds, filled glass storage jars, banks and architectural elements are great to use. And don't forget to hang the stockings! For displaying your cards an old shutter works well.
Let your imagination go. Think outside the box and have a great time decorating!
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Happy Holidays to all,
About Lyn Andeen
Lyn Andeen has been an avid collector and dealer for the past 28 years. She has been in group shops, setup at countless antique shows and has a true artistic eye. Lyn's passion is for quality 18th through early 20th century Americana, decorative arts, Shaker and folk art. You can find Lyn online through Andeen Antiques.