There are certain advantages to moving into a furnished apartment- you don’t have to worry about furniture (mostly), lighting, or many of the little things that you need to get when moving out on your own for the first time. I have also heard rumors that Germans take the entire kitchen when they move- everything. Cabinets. Sinks. The faucets…can anyone confirm?
So finding a place that keeps us from having to buy all that? An advantage, no doubt.
The disadvantage is that I’m tempted to fill the apartment with our own stuff- to make it home. The problem is that we only have 130 extra pounds of goods to ship home this summer, so we’ll need to make sure our souveniers of the 6 months remain relatively light.
I come from a Christmas family. It was the biggest holiday we celebrated- and as I’ve mentioned before- remains my favorite holiday. Decorating is part of the tradition- and can take a solid couple of hours. I have to be careful here though- while they have tons of appropriate Christmas decorations- I’ll be forced to ship them back or throw them out due to space constrictions. My solution has been to resort back to my cheap-o college days- and divert some of Li’s boundless energy into easily recycled Christmas crafts.
Exhibit #1- Two feet of plastic.
Our cheap mini-Christmas tree- bought at the Airforce PX for only $10. We’ll be able to ship this home and use it elsewhere next year. The ornaments were a craft project Li and I did one rainy morning…a paint-splattered rainy morning.
Exhibit #2- The stocking were hung by the media center with care…
It was either this, or hanging up our actual socks…And, no, just no…Li had fun coloring the stockings- but ran out of steam with the red one. (Scrap paper= free)
Exhibit #3- Holiday wishes.
Yes, we only have one Christmas card so far (and that one is the sample I made of our OWN Christmas card) but I’m expecting more at any minute (hint, hint!)…Otherwise I guess I can hang candy canes on it too…
In this case the table. Taken directly out of my college playbook- I think my roommate and I wrapped a desk once. (The cost to this one is the cost of wrapping paper- so? Like a buck?)
Exhibit #5- It’s snowing!
Exhibit #6- Anyone know what that bushy plant is over our door?
Yup, that’s authentic mistletoe. We got it at our little town’s Christmas market (for approximately $2.50), where I had the pleasure (?) of tasting my first wild boar sausage, and drinking some of the local schnapps.
Me, next to the mistletoe- Doesn’t the back of my head look happy?
There you have it- 6 ways (yes, kind of lame ways) to decorate- all for under $15 bucks! Now just pop on some Christmas music, and you’ll be set. 🙂