This Christmas many families are looking for fun and inexpensive ways to celebrate the Holidays. This is particularly important now that many families are dealing with layoffs and reduced incomes. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of money to enjoy your Christmas. There are many activities that you can do with your family that are either free or are quite affordable. You will find that making this Christmas fun and exciting for your kids is much easier than you may have anticipated. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking.
Try to find out if there is a Christmas light show in your area.
This is a great idea because your family gets to observe amazing decorations. Many towns either feature a major street or have a special light show with original designs made by local artists. They are also almost always free so you can go have a good time and not have to spend a dime other than probably getting snacks for the excursion.
Caroling is another activity is free and can be rewarding.
You go from house to house in your neighborhood with friends and other people you know in your community singing Christmas Songs. This is a great way to bond not only with your family but also your neighbors and also spread the Holiday Spirit around in your community. If you don’t want to brave the cold you can have a holiday karaoke night at home.
Another activity is holiday arts and crafts.
Making decorations and treats for the holiday can not only be more affordable, they can also be fun and challenging. Try to find projects that you and your family can do but are challenging. For example you can try to do interesting tree ornaments. For treats you can do something fun like making gingerbread men and house and other delicious holiday treats.
You can also take your family to a Holiday service or performance.
Several local organizations such as churches and other groups will likely have a special Christmas performance or play. These are normally open to the public and if you know where to go you will be treated to some spectacular performances that you would normally only see at theater on Broadway.
Another event that would be great to go to is a Christmas Breakfast or Dinner.
Community centers, libraries, and even churches may decide to hold a free meal event for the public with events like pictures with Santa or story time. Your family gets to eat a delicious meal and have a good time without spending a lot of money.
Have a movie marathon of your favorite movie.
Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer are just some of the great classics you can enjoy. If you are worried about cost you can try catching the specials on TV or simply check out the movies from your local library. There are also some great rental services like Red Box that allow you to rent movies at cheap rates.
Something special you can do for your children is to have them receive a personal call or a postcard from Santa. Here is a cool app from Amazon and it’s Free.