Let the Christmas break fun begin!
The Budget Diet’s Christmas Countdown gives you 12 festive and frugal ways to make a little “merry” for less this season. There’s one activity for every day until Christmas, so take a break from the mall madness and enjoy good old-fashioned family fun! When your children are grown, they’ll remember traditions like these more than any other gift…yes, even more than that Play Station 4!
Day 1: Write letters to Santa or venture into the digital age, and make a video for Santa! How fun is that!
Day 2: Now that your children have made their wish lists, it’s time to make room for new toys. Gather up unwanted toys and deliver them to a local charity. Ahhh…it’s a great way to teach your children the joy of giving.
Day 3: Drive around town and enjoy the Christmas lights. Check your local newspaper for any suggested “must-see” houses or neighborhoods.
Day 4: Bake cookies and deliver them to the neighbors.
Day 5: How about hot chocolate at bedtime? Try my recipe for homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix. It makes enough to enjoy all season long.
Day 6: If you live in a part of the country where it snows…build a snowman! If not, get out the scissors and make snowflakes…it’s wishful thinking.
Day 7: Dust off your old family Christmas videos and enjoy a good laugh. Children love watching themselves when they were “little”.
Day 8: Make S’Mores by roasting marshmallows in your fireplace.
Day 9: Craft Day…let’s get messy! Make Christmas crafts, ornaments or how about peanut butter/birdseed pinecones for our outdoor friends?
Day 10: Get ready for Santa by making reindeer food. It’s a simple mixture of oats and glitter that you’ll scatter on the lawn Christmas Eve.
Day 11: Don’t forget to make those cookies for Santa! Make sure to find out what his favorite cookie is.
Day 12: Last but not least, it wouldn’t be Christmas without snuggling together in bed and reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.
Please leave a comment to share your favorite festive and frugal ideas for Christmas break family fun. Whew…that’s a lot of “f’s.
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