To decorate or not to decorate? That was a question we were facing as November ended and the holiday season officially began. As this is our first Christmas in the RV, we weren’t sure about whether or not we wanted to decorate the RV. It’s not that we hate Christmas – we love Christmas but living in an RV made us think twice about decorating our RV and here’s why…
- An RV is a small space. Filling the RV with a tonne of decorations and a tree would take up a lot of room. With two of us plus the two pets mulling about our small space would get even tighter, especially with a tree. I’m specifically clumsy and likely would have knocked a tree down or pulled down a string of lights daily.
- Storage. The beauty (not really) of living in a house is that it’s basically a giant storage unit for the stuff you don’t use. That situation is completely opposite when you’re living in an RV. Storage is minimal. What you bring into the RV has to be stuffed in a tight little compartment. These compartments are likely already close to full with more important items. Making rooms for a bin of Christmas decorations that are used for a month of the year doesn’t logically make sense.
- Cost. Getting a tree, lights, and various decorations would quickly add up. Again, logically it didn’t make sense to us to spend a bunch of money on decorating. We could more efficiently spend our money on other things for the RV that we need like a dehumidifier and various RV specific tools/equipment.
Yes – the above points kind of make us sound like a pair of grinches but you do have to alter how you do things when living in an RV. With that said, we thought better of going completely Christmas-free in our RV but we had to figure out the perfect solution so we implied the old KISS system. Keep It Simple, Stupid.
Not having a Christmas tree is tough, but that’s what we decided on this year. Because the RV is tiny, we definitely weren’t going to be having a Griswoldian tree.
Rather, we had discussed get a small potted tree which it could be planted after Christmas in the rain forest around Tofino. While we loved that idea, we opted not to get one this year to keep our cost down. A potted tree is a great solution for RVers who are low on storage plus it’s great for the environment which is a bonus.
Kate had looked into various DIY trees that would take up limited space and be cost effective. There were ideas like building a miniature driftwood tree built from wood we find on our beaches. If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest you can find plenty of DIY Christmas tree ideas. This seemed like a great idea but then Kate remembered that she’s not crafty and doesn’t particularly enjoy arts & crafts. So again, this was a no go. Maybe next year, though, if I’m feeling inspired I’ll take a crack at doing something like this.
Image courtesy of Apartment Therapy.
It’s amazing how much money can be spent on decorating for Christmas. There’s lights, garland, ornaments, ribbon, and the list goes on. You can spend a small fortune decorating for Christmas, which is exactly what we didn’t want to do. Nor did we want to have to store all of these decorations for 11-months of the year.
What we ended up doing was simple and cost efficient. We snipped some bows off of some fir trees to essentially make our own garland. We then tied some ribbon around it to make it look a little more festive and then we finished it off with some colourful lights. This was a great idea by Kate as we only had to buy the lights and ribbon which can be reused and take up limited space. Kate also purchased some small bulbs and snowflakes which she hung throughout the RV.
Altogether, the cost for decorating our RV was $30 which isn’t too bad. It’s not the most festive RV out there but we think it does the trick, making it feel like Christmas in our tiny home.
How Other RVer’s Decorated Their RVs
While we were in the process of decorating our RV for Christmas, I was interested in seeing how other full-time RVers decorate their RVs for Christmas. On the Full-Time RVers Facebook group, I asked other RVers to show us how they decorate their RV for the holidays. I wasn’t sure what to response to expect but the group came out fast & furious proudly showing off their RVs and how they made them look festive for Christmas. We were impressed to see so many of our fellow full-time RVers in the Christmas spirit. Some kept it simple like we did, but others fully decorated their RV – inside and out. If you’re decorating your RV for Christmas in the future, you can be inspired by the various ways these full-time RVers decorated.
Check out these pictures by clicking right or left to view the next image. Thank you to all of our fellow full-time RVers who submitted photos.
Do you decorate your RV for Christmas? What tips do you have?