12 Frugal and Fun Christmas Traditions
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If you’re needing some holiday inspiration to get your family in the Christmas spirit, check out these twelve easy ideas that are both FUN & FRUGAL!
1. Go see Christmas Lights with our FREE Printable Checklist. Bundle up the kids in their pajamas and go hunting for Christmas light displays in your area by car. Don’t forget to bring some hot chocolate for the road! To make it even more fun, print off this cute scavenger hunt list and see who can cross off all the items on their list first!
2. Wrapping Paper Christmas Tradition– This is a great way to keep the kids from peeking at their presents on Christmas morning!
3. Gingerbread Houses. Make your own, buy a store bought kit, or visit a local Gingerbread house display each year like we do!
4. Go Outside! If you live near snow, go build a snowman or go sledding. If you’re in a warmer location, participate in a local Santa 5K or go for a hike.
5. Make some homemade Christmas Ornaments. Homemade ornaments are always a favorite since they hold sentimental value and wonderful memories! Plus, they are perfect to make with the kiddos over Christmas break. For two great ideas, see our Sliced Wood Ornaments and these fun Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments.
6. Elf on the Shelf- This tradition is based on the children’s book Elf on the Shelf –> a magical elf visits your house on Santa’s behalf to monitor pre-Christmas naughty/nice behavior. Each day the elf moves if behavior is good and fun/creativity ensues. Most kids really enjoy trying to find the Elf each morning (or even trying to catch the Elf in action) – it can be a great incentive to get them out of bed and moving each morning! 🙂
7. Pay It Forward– Grab a bin and have the kids pick out their unused or unwanted toys and warm clothing to donate to a shelter. Warm blankets, non perishable food, and personal care items from your stockpile are great items to donate as well.
8. Take photos in front of a lit up tree. A beautifully lit tree at night can create a priceless silhouette image. Although I’m not an expert photographer by any means, I do suggest turning down the lights everywhere else in the room, turning off the flash and holding your camera super still.
9. Share Christmas Stories & Memories– Have the kids interview an older family member or friend and ASK them to share details about how they celebrated Christmas growing up. Ideas to ask: What does Christmas mean to you? What is your favorite Christmas song or book? What was your favorite toy Santa brought? How did you celebrate Christmas Day? It could turn into some great conversations and history lessons.
10. Go Christmas Caroling! Either entertain your neighbors or ask a local nursing home if you can get a small group together and spread some cheer.
11. Saran Wrap Candy Ball Game – For this fun game, grab some friends and family and make a large saran wrap ball with layers of candy or small toys or goodies. If you still have Halloween candy around, throw it in! You’ll also need a pair of dice. Have your group sit in a circle and decide which direction the game will flow. One person gets to peel back the layers to get to the candy until the next person rolls doubles with the pair of dice. Then it’s their turn to unwrap for candy. It’s a fun and silly game!
12. Make some cookies for Santa. Try these Festive Red Velvet Cookies made from a box of red velvet cake mix or these Best Rolled Sugar Cookies. Yum!