Moving to a new place in late November definitely put a damper on my Christmas decorating.

It felt like it took weeks to get all my stuff in order, leaving me little time to focus on creating a winter wonderland. Plus: Anyone who’s moved recently knows it can take quite a toll on your bank account, even if you think you already own everything you could possibly need. Spending $100 on Christmas decor just seemed like another unnecessary expense.

While in a desperate attempt to create Christmas on a budget, I bought a string of white lights and hung them on my headboard.

See? $5 lights can make all the difference. Hello, Christmas.

P.S. Isn’t my headboard lovely? It’s a reclaimed storm window frame. My dad brought it back to life via paint and some chicken wire.

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