Following is a list of of Ideas that cost little or no money, that
you can do with your family this Christmas. Set aside some time,
and lets all get back to the basics of Christmas. Take this list,
and let each family member choose one, and then set aside an
evening, for each activity, you will be surprised and amazed how
much this will Change your and your families outlook on Christmas.
1) Make a popcorn
2) Make garland with construction paper
3) Watch Christmas shows together with hot Chocolate and popcorn
4) Make Decorating the the tree a family event, serve hot
chocolate and play Christmas music
5) Make your own Christmas cards to send to people
6) Go Christmas shopping at the the Dollar Store And Donate to a
charity for Christmas Gifts
7) Donate Clothes or toys for needy children
8) Make a Snowman
9) Have a snowball fight
10) Make a ginger bread house out of graham crackers and what ever
you have in the house.
11) Paint Christmassy pictures on the windows with washable paint
12) Make a game out of hunting around the house, for things to
make Christmas decorations out of.
13) Build a fire, and have a slumber party with your kids
14) Bake and decorate cookies
15) Have a wrapping party
16) Plan to share a plate of goodies with any elderly or young
parents in the neighborhood
17) Go Caroling
18) Go for a drive and see who wins for the best lights in town.
Make an award for the winner and present it to them.
19) Attend a Live Nativity.
20) Take a Special drive at night to enjoy others Christmas
21) Invite your children's friends over to make cards or gifts for
22) Go collect pine cones and use them to make ornaments
23) Make bird treat with peanut butter and birdseed
24) Sing Christmas carols
25) Have the kids write and act out a Christmas play
26) Go to the library and borrow Christmas videos and books
27) Have a game night
28) Take a walk or drive around a neighborhood that has their
houses all lit up and decorated
29) Shovel the snow for your elderly neighbors
30) Read one Christmas short story each night before bed
31) Write Christmas letter to all the relatives with the kids all
telling what they have been up to in their own words
32) Go sledding (a personal favorite) and come back to the house
for hot cider and hot chocolate (we do this and invite the kid's
friends to join us)
33) Take a picture of the kids in front of the Christmas tree, and
make it a yearly tradition.
34) Visit the local nursing home and present some of the residents
with homemade Christmas cards.
35) Do a random act of kindness for a neighbor that you know is
sick or feeling down, like take them a plate of cookies or some
36) Attend a Church service together
37) Invite an older person/couple for a holiday meal
38) Have a campout night, and sleep in sleeping bags under your
lighted Christmas tree or some Christmas lights.
39) Make up a Christmas scavenger hunt.
40) Watch the all the videos or home movies of Christmas. Or, look
at all the photos from Christmas.
41) Make some ornaments
42) Color some Christmas pages together
43) Share a favorite Christmas memory
44) Help your local church/library/community center organize a
special holiday reading of Twas the night before Christmas, A
Christmas Carol, etc. Invite seniors/families. Maybe get a local
store to donate some cookies or cocoa.
45) Have a birthday celebration, complete with cake, and birthday
46) We make a video of ourselves decorating the tree, making
cookies, singing Christmas carols and telling the Christmas story.
then we make copies of it for all the far off relatives (beats a
47) Volunteer as a family for the local shelter or nursing home.
48) Have your kids make Christmas cards or snowflakes and take
them to the local nursing home.
49) Organize your scout troop or Sunday school or homeschool group
and go caroling at a nursing home.
50) Scout or youth group could also offer to paint the windows of
local businesses for the holiday with washable paint.
60) Ask the local supermarket if your youth group or older kids
can help carry groceries out for senior citizens. Those turkeys
are heavy to pick up and put in the car!
61) Help sort food for a food pantry that does food baskets for
62) Make paper snowflakes to decorate your windows
63) Organize or volunteer to work in a Christmas wrap booth that
gives the proceeds to charity -
64) Volunteer as food servers at shelters that provide Christmas/Thanksgiving
65) Light up your walkway/driveway with handmade luminaries
66) Collect pine boughs and pine cones and make wreaths - can be
shared at nursing homes or with elderly ones nearby
67) We decorate our stocking each year. I buy the ones from the
Dollar Store, and whatever we wish to decorate with. Last year we
used sticky foam shapes, this year we used glitter glue pens
68) Get out your old records - or borrow your parents- and listen
to the Golden oldie Christmas songs from your youth, and share the
memories of Christmas past with your children
69) Learn about different cultures celebrate Christmas.... and
about what they did years ago.
70) Sing silly Christmas
songs with your kiddos... (Grandma got ran over by a reindeer)
71) Find an angel tree and have your kids help pick out a toy for
the needy child's name on the angel tree.
72) Make a manger scene out of playdough or clay or even
construction paper. Whatever is handy.
73) Create a calendar that the kids can mark off the days til
74) Have a Christmas Past, Present and Future evening/afternoon.
Get out your photo albums/scrapbooks and talk about Christmas
Past, remembering those who are no longer here to share it with
us; for Christmas Present, discuss what one thing makes Christmas
special for each person; for Christmas Future, talk about your
hopes and dreams for the coming years ahead.
74) Make Christmas gifts for your family's pet and other
75) Take a little Christmas tree and decorate it with your pet's
toys and set it in the livingroom with your bigger tree - just for
the pets! Wrap up some treats and place them under the pet's tree,
too, like a small can of some fancy cat food or a package of
doggie treats. (Hopefully the dog won't tear it apart to get at it
until Christmas day.
76) Let the kids make their own stockings out of felt and stocking
"packages" out of paper grocery sacks to put gifts for
77) Gingerbread people made out of brown grocery sacks are very
cute, too and inexpensive and make great tags on presents and
ornaments for a tree or wreath. You could glue on google eyes and
a small candy cane to the gingerbread people, too and make them
even more dimensional and if using two sides, you can tape or glue
them together and stuff them with cotton balls to fill them out if
you want to make them puffy.
78) Let your child decorate their bedroom door for Christmas. A
wreath with some small trinkets on it is charming on every door
inside the house, too.
79) Make snowmen out of styrofoam ball ornaments or styro balls or
old Christmas bulbs (the breakable kind) in 2 sizes (one larger
and one smaller glued together), paint white or glue on cotton balls
or fake snow and add glitter. Use google eyes or dots punched out
of a paper punch for eyes, Orange pipe cleaner twisted to a carrot
shape for the nose, little buttons or mini m & m's or small
pom poms can be buttons or even the gold top of a paper fastener
clip. Also can use yarn for eyes, smile, eyebrows or braid yarn
for a scarf.. use your imagination and whatever you have around
the house, toothpicks or tree branches for arms, etc. An old
sweater and flannel shirt can provide scarves and hats, mittens
for all the snowmen and snowwomen which can be grouped together
under a tree branch from outside. Provide all the scrap materials
you have and let the kids have a great time making them.
80) Make some snow globes with old jars.
81) Create a God Can for family members here is how
use a tall odd shaped can, the one I found was a solid gold color,
was maybe 6 inches tall and semi squared with a rounded bubble
shaped lid. (Found it at Dollar Tree last year)
This is what I attached.
When your worries get too heavy
Follow this little plan
Just write it on a little note
And drop it in this can
You know that any problem
That you place in Our Lord's hands
Will soon be taken care of
Because we can't but God Can!
by: Patty Getz is Is a Sahmom with a mission to educate
families, on the alternatives, to high debt, fast food, and fast
living. She is the Owner of www.totallyfrugal.com
and the author of several articles on Frugal living, cooking, and