Have you noticed how Christmas can get expensive real quick when you don’t have a plan?
Christmas time needs to have a good strategy!
My focus during this time of year is the same focus I have all year round.
I am always looking for ways to make great memories for our children.
I have noticed that some of our best memories come from frugal traditions and family fun.
We always start our Christmas fun on December 4th. (Our daughter, Sophia’s birthday is on December 3rd, so we wait until after that celebration.)
Almost everyday from the 4th until the 25th, we try to do some type of Christmasy fun.
These activities are super frugal, but they have become traditions that have touched the hearts of our family.
birthday cards for Jesus
pack shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purses’ Operation Christmas Child
tin foil stars
string popcorn and cranberries
colored paper decorations
popcorn and hot cocoa
night driving to look at Christmas lights
crocheted chains to string on tree
birthday cake for Jesus
deliver stuffed animals and sing at local nursing home
and of course, they entire family goes out to cut a Christmas tree
These activities are simple, but they are fun and filled with tradition for us. I love how these simple things bond our family together.
One of the best things is how I now have grandchildren who join in on these family traditions!
We love to start out our Christmas celebration my making birthday cards for Jesus. We hang them around the house until we put up the tree, then we hang them on it.
Everyone pitches in money, then we gather up a bunch of things in order to fill up a shoe box or two for needy children. (Operation Christmas Child)
Our children turn everything into a competition, including making paper chains! They make them so long that they have to take them outside in order to measure them. They stretch from here to the neighbor’s house! (The girls are determined to beat the boys this year!)
It snows in our house every December! Well, that’s what we try to make it look like anyway!
Our ceilings are always filled with dangling paper snowflakes.
The entire crew gets together to get our Christmas tree. When we bring it home we drink homemade hot cocoa and pop a lot of popcorn. We make popcorn balls, wrap them in Saran wrap, then hang them on the tree with ribbon. These are supposed to be our decorations, but as soon as they get hung up, they get taken back off and eaten!
We string popcorn and cranberries. (The little children find it easier to string Fruit Loops.)
My favorite day of the year has to be Christmas Eve. This year will be our 21st year of going to our local nursing home on Christmas Eve. We hand out stuffed animals and walk around singing Christmas carols. All of my 12 children and now my grandchildren LOVE this family tradition. When we come out of the nursing home I tell my family, “It only takes a few moments to affect someone’s life for the good.” They respond, “Yes, Mom, you tell us the exact same thing every year!”
We have so many wonderful traditions that fill our family with wonderful memories.
What are some of your frugal family Christmas traditions?
Be watching for the release of my newest book, Christmas with Strategic Shopping – The Twelve Months of Christmas, at the beginning of the new year!
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