I wouldn't buy new burlap or fabric. I'm all about reusing. I'm thinking cutting rags, old ripped clothing, Matt's used golf towels. Just random pieces of scrap fabric to make a shabby chic garland for the Christmas tree.
How to make Christmas more special: Each child gets 4 presents. 1. Something they want 2. Something they need 3. Something to wear 4. Something to read.....We did this this past Christmas and it made shopping less stressful and it really made you think about what you're spending your money on/promoting