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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ❤️
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.