It’s an RV Christmas – Decorating for the Holidays

I absolutely love all things related to Christmas. The twinkly lights, the bright-colored ribbons, the fresh pine trees, the beautifully-wrapped gifts, and so much more. I anxiously await the Christmas season all year long, waiting until I take the final bite of Thanksgiving dinner to declare that my favorite holiday has officially begun. In fact, I tend to consider the entire month of December “Christmas,” choosing to celebrate it over the course of a month, rather than a single day. Life is short, so why not find more reasons to celebrate your favorite time of the year? Generally, I am also the type to decorate the day after Thanksgiving, and my usual philosophy on Christmas decorations is “go big or go home.” So you can probably imagine that for our first Christmas in the RV, I had to scale things back to make them a bit more tiny-space-appropriate.

Technically, this is not actually our first Christmas in our RV. Last December, we spent the first two weeks of the month in our house in New Jersey, where we opted not to decorate in favor of rigorously preparing to begin this lifestyle. Then, we left New Jersey for our RV excursion on December 15th, 2016, where we began our journey by sprinting across the country over the course of nine days. It was fun, albeit exhausting. Although we were traveling twelve hours a day for the second half of the month, I still found it important to bring some Christmas cheer to the interior of the RV, so we hung our stockings, pinned up some sparkly red ribbon in various places, and balanced a small, artificial tree behind the passenger chair. It was fun and festive, but this year, I was excited to be able to do much more Christmas decorating and to also have plenty of time to actually enjoy my cozy, well-decorated home.

 

We placed a decorative Christmas wreath o the front of our RV last year, too.

Phileas – December, 2016

In 2016, we decorated our RV with stockings, a small tree, and red ribbons.

Our first Christmas in the RV (December, 2016)

Our cats wear Christmas sweaters. (2016)

Sweater-wearing cats (December 2016)

We drove through the Rocky Mountains mid-December 2016 in our RV.

Traveling from NJ to CA – Pitstop in the Rocky Mountains, CO

Our cat loves to relax next to our Christmas tree. (2016)

December, 2016

We drove through Utah mid-December during a snowstorm.

Traveling from NJ to CA – Pitstop in Utah (December, 2016)

 

We are pretty strict budget-keepers, so we generally like to spend less than $50 on Christmas decorations year after year. In an RV, less is often more, and just a few small touches can make a space look rather festive. Many of the decorations we used this year were ones we saved in a small tub from last year. This includes our small artificial tree, several ornaments, red ribbon, and our two stockings. We decided to hang our stockings in the same place as last year, and we also found some cheap garland, which I dressed up with pretty ribbon and twinkly lights, before draping it across the slide-out trim. I also hung ribbon around our bathroom mirror and across the slide-out trim in our bedroom, which immediately made everything look more festive.

 

We hung our stockings from our slide-out trim.

The lights on our garland are battery-operated to help save power.

Our lit garland is also wrapped in red ribbon.

I hung red ribbon and a bow around the bathroom mirror.

Christmas lights on our nightstand and a red Christmas ribbon add to the festivity.

 

Another of our cheap decorating staples is Christmas lights. We leave a string of LED Christmas lights up in our main room all year, and I added a strand of cranberries across this area to add to the Christmas charm. We also have a small battery-powered light strand which stays in our bedroom all year. When I purchased these lights, I could only find a six-pack on Amazon, so the five unused light strands came in handy when decorating this year. We love plants and have them on practically every surface of our RV, so we opted to string lights around our plants to further add to the Christmas charm.

 

A strand of cranberries and Christmas lights makes the space look festive.

Our plant box window is wrapped in Christmas lights,and there are snowflakes taped to the window.

Our palm and candle look festive wrapped in Christmas lights.

I wrapped lights around al the plants on my nightstand.

We strung Christmas lights around the plants on our nightstands.

Our Chinese evergreen plant is wrapped in Christmas lights.

Our RV plant hangers are also wrapped in Christmaslights.

 

My all-time favorite Christmas staple is a Christmas tree. This is something I refuse to do without no matter the size of my home. I mentioned that my grandma gifted us with a lovely artificial tree last year, which we were able to enjoy while traveling from coast to coast. However, this year, we really wanted a live tree as well, as this is something my family always had every year and is synonymous with Christmas for me. We found a perfect tiny tree complete with a little tree stand, and we decided to decorate it with a pine tree theme this year. I found three inexpensive sets of ornaments: brown cow-bells, cork pine trees, and small pine cones, along with the perfect burlap bow for the tree topper and burlap ribbon to wrap around a canvas basket I already had. We also added the cute initial ornaments that my mom gave us last year, a burlap mitten, and a small Christmas lantern with burlap ribbon. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.

 

A tiny Charlie Brown Christmas tree is perfect in our RV.

Our Christmas tree has a burlap and pine tree theme.

Our Christmas tree has a burlap and pine tree theme.

Our Christmas tree has a burlap and pine tree theme.

Our Christmas tree has a burlap and pine tree theme.

Our Christmas tree has a burlap and pine tree theme.

Our Christmas tree has a burlap and pine tree theme.

Our Christmas tree has a burlap and pine tree theme.

 

In addition to our small real tree, we decided to place the artificial tree from last year in our bedroom, keeping up with my grandma’s tradition of “a tree in every room.” We decorated this tree with ornaments we had also stored since last year, including a small felt bird, a globe,  two pretty stars from my grandma, a blue bell from Brendan’s grandma, and two matching doll ornaments, which I found at Target this year. A silver bow at the top and Brendan’s cranberry-colored scarf wrapped around the bottom of the tree completed the look. 

 

Our tiny Christmas tree is topped with a silver bow and wrapped in a cranberry scarf.

My grandma gave me two cute star ornaments with a bell last year.

Our artificial Christmas tree in the bedroom is adorned with colorful ornaments.

I bought these two elf ornaments at Target this year.

 

Last year, we attached a wreath to the front of the Jeep and one to the front of the RV, and we did the same this year. I also bought a third wreath to hang from our front door, which I decorated myself with various individual pinecone and cranberry pieces, rather than buying a finished wreath. Lastly, I made lots of pretty snowflakes from plain white printer paper, which I attached to many of our windows. I especially love these because they are visible from the inside and the outside. So, without further ado, relax and enjoy the tour of our tiny home. ❤️

 

Our RV, Phileas, is all decked out for Christmas in the Arizona desert.

The front of an RV (or car) is the perfect place to attach another wreath for maximum festivity.

We decorated our Jeep Cherokee with a festive Christmas wreath.

Snowflakes are a fun, easy, and cheap decoration. An added bonus is that you can see them from the inside and the outside.

As you walk towards the front door, you can see our snowflakes and Christmas wreath from the outside.

This is another view of our Christmas wreath.

We dressed up our bookshelf and plant box with red ribbon and a strand of Christmas lights.

We wrapped a string of battery-operated Christmas lights around the succulents and cacti on our plant shelf.

This is a wide-angle shot of the front section of the RV. Our German shepherd is enjoying the spot on the couch, right next to the Christmas tree.

This is a long, wide-angle shot of our class A RV decorated for Christmas with garland, ribbons, lights, stockings, a Santa hat, and a mini Christmas tree.

Our calico cat loves our Christmas tree, maybe a little too much.

Our chalkboard fridge sits next to our dinette, and both are decorated for Christmas.

We attached a Santa hat to the corner of our dinette.

A Santa hat strategically-placed can make any space look more Christmas-y.

I had a lot of fun making snowflakes to tape to our RV windows.

Our shih tzu Archie also gets in the Christmas spirit in his green Christmas sweater.

Our white German shepherd Luna enjoys the lovely Sedona views from our Christmas space.

We put snowflakes on our slide-out window as well.

Our string of hearts plantis hung in a macrame hanger.

A strand of cranberries and Christmas lights makes the space look festive.

Decorative holiday pillows make the space look more festive.

Our German shepherd, Luna, loves her spot in the couch, next to the Christmas tree.

Our felt letterboard is festive with a Christmas message.

Decorative holiday pillows make the space look more festive.

We leave a set of red enamel mugs hanging in our RV kitchen year-round. However, they suddenly seem more festive this time of year.

No Christmas decor is complete without some festive hand towels!
Our chalkboard-fridge combo is the perfect spot to write a Christmas message.

Our bedroom is decorated for Christmas with red ribbons, a Christmas bow, and Christmas lights on both nightstands and hanging across the window. A small tree sits on the back counter.

Our bedroom is decorated for Christmas with red ribbons, a Christmas bow, and Christmas lights on both nightstands and hanging across the window.

My nightstand is adorned with Christmas lights and a lit letter "B."

I attached some paper snowflakes to the window behind our bed in our bedroom.

We strung Christmas lights around the plants on our nightstands.

We strung Christmas lights around the plants on our nightstands.

 

Our RV plant hangers are also wrapped in Christmaslights. Our RV plant hangers are also wrapped in Christmaslights.We taped paper snowflakes to each window.

We added garland, ribbons, decorative pillows, stocking, and two small Christmas trees to make our RV look festive.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how we decorated our little space for the holidays! We’d love to see or hear how you decorated for the holidays, whether a house or RV. Feel free to drop a comment below.

  • Crystal Dieffenwierth

    Awww. Beautiful!!!

    • Thanks Mom! Did you see the towel and ornaments you gave us? ❤ We love them.

      • Crystal Dieffenwierth

        Yes I did ! Look adorable!

  • Kellie Foss Wenzel

    So beautiful! You have such a gift!

    • Thank-you so much! We had a ton of fun decorating this year. ❤

  • Your RV looks so festive and your pets are adorable! I definitely agree with getting a real tree, regardless of the space we’re in and also love having a tree in every room. Beautiful photos and thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Katie! Thanks so much for your kind words. ❤ Thanks for reading too! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.