Here it is almost Christmas time, and you want to have a great time. What can you do that won’t break your piggy bank ,and leave you crying come new years? There are many inexpensive ways to have fun this Christmas season.
1. Plan a fun Christmas tree party…
There are many ways you can plan a Christmas tree party. First you can go all out, and the whole family can go to the lot to have a fresh tree cut. This can be quite a fun filled inexpensive thing to do at Christmas time.
Next, you can invite the whole gang over to decorate this new arrival. Decorating a Christmas tree is one of the most fun activities when everyone gets involved.
Serve up hot cocoa, and turn up the Christmas music. At our house, this is the day the Christmas music comes on for the first time. We have a blast!
2. Plan to make fun and easy holiday crafts…
One of the easiest crafts you can make are paper snowflakes. They are so fun the whole family will get into it. Again put the music on and turn on the tree lights. Make an enjoyable time out of it.
It is possible to decorate your front door or if indoors, decorate any windows or glass front cabinets with your families masterpieces. Don’t forget to sign them and date them for future “awe” moments!
There’s nothing like a homemade Christmas. The ornaments and crafts you make will mean so much as the years go by.
3. Plan to play fun Christmas games…
Get out the board games from the attic that you haven’t played in years. Something about this is just plain old fun! It helps us connect, and just doing something new or something you have not done in ages makes for great memories.
If you are much more creative than this, you can play memory games of Christmas’s past. Let your imagination roll with this one. Have a good time, let the whole family take turns thinking of games to play.
4. Plan to bake fun Christmas cookies…
Yes, baking can be a family affair. The kids especially enjoy making shaped sugar cookies, and decorating the with a multitude of candies and sprinkles. Go all out and make frosting in every color. Get the man of your house to come make a historic cookie to be remembered for all times.
5. Plan to take and view pictures and videos…
It is so important to make a keepsake of your fun Christmas activities. Get out some of your old Christmas pictures. Maybe make some crafts including Christmas pictures to enjoy around the house.
Have a popcorn, and video night. View past Christmas or holiday movies you made. After all, you went to all that trouble to record every detail, why not make a movie night out of it.
6. Plan to go look at Christmas lights, and sing fun Christmas songs…
This is a favorite in our home. We designate a night closer to Christmas to go out, and ride around looking at all the beautiful lights everyone is spending a fortune to display for us. While we do this, we sing songs; every fun Christmas song we can think of. When we run out of options, we crank up the disc player and let them sing to us.
This is a wonderful way to bond with your family, and encourage closeness during the holidays.
7. Plan to help those in need…
If it’s at all possible to help others; if you are not the one in need yourself, then by all means do it. This is a wonderful way to spread the joy at Christmas. Even if you just donate a few cans of food to a food pantry, this can be a family affair. Get your kids involved. Take them with you. Let them see what Christmas is all about.
These types of things will stick in the minds of your family for years to come, and it really puts things in perspective when you volunteer, and take food to hungry people or serve it in a kitchen at this time of year. It will leave a lasting impression, you can be sure.
8. Plan to attend a religious service…
Even if you are not religious yourself, these types of services are wonderful to fill the heart with joy and expectation for the future. Your family may enjoy good Christmas music, if so go see a Choir perform. Maybe you enjoy the seasonal plays. Find a Church performing a nativity or even locate one you can drive through in your car. These are great fun, and I have even seen them where they give you a radio to narrate the story as you drive through the scenes in the comfort of your car.
9. Plan a funbonfire…
Bonfires are not just for summertime. When the weather gets chilly, make the fire big and hot. Check with your local ordinances before embarking on such an event. Cook your baked potatoes, and other fun fare such as hot dogs and corn on the cob at the base of the fire.
One fun way to make hot dogs is to put instant biscuits around them as you cook them on a stick. You can even cook the biscuits alone on a mop handle or dowel rod. Then fill with your desired treats.
The kids will have a blast running around and playing as the grown ups sit and stay warm telling stories. If you cannot have a bonfire, then sit by your fireplace with a cup a Joe and have fun together with your family.
10.Plan to write out Christmas cards together…
Why should the whole job of writing Christmas cards fall on one poor soul, however excited they may be about it. Get the whole family involved. Let each person sign and address part of the Christmas cards.
If you are very creative, you can make your own cards with heavy stock paper, some glue and glitter. Paint pens are wonderful ways to sign the family name as well.
Fun Christmas activities don’t have to break the piggy bank. Think outside the box and make each event fun, and for the whole family. Don’t allow old habits of “separate but connected”, ruin this Christmas season. Set the tone early, and have a very Merry Christmas!