18 Budget Friendly Holiday Traditions

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Tis the season for shopping for presents, cooking fancy meals, decorating our homes for the holidays, and celebrating with friends and family. The holidays are a fun and exciting time but all of that fun can start to stretch the pocketbook. No matter your budget, families can still enjoy meaningful holiday traditions.

Make cookies for Santa (and for others)

Bake some special cookies for Santa but set aside a few dozen for local firefighters or police officers and deliver them with your kids.

Have a Christmas Movie Marathon

Watch your favorite Christmas movies as a family while enjoying some popcorn, hot cocoa, and candy canes. https://www.purewow.com/entertainment/best-christmas-movies-on-netflix

Make an ornament

Make a new ornament, as a family, each year. When the kids move out, they will have a box full of decorations for their own tree. Easy ideas could be salt dough ornaments or filling a plastic ball with photos, ticket stubs, or glitter and adding the date.

Christmas countdown

Create a homemade advent countdown with construction or scrapbook paper.

Holiday tunes

Play Christmas music each morning as you are getting ready for your day. Here’s one on spotify.

Lights tour

Load up the family car and go on a tour of Christmas light displays in the area. Check our calendar for all the happenings.

Provide A Meal

Check the needs of Kids Meals and help them stock up on items that can be used for holiday dinners.

Family Pajamas

Pick out matching pajamas for the whole family to wear on Christmas morning. For a low-cost option, use plain colored t-shirts and basic flannel pants. My favorite holiday tradition.

Bless Others

Have the kids pick out a new toy to donate to a local charity that provides gifts to children in need. Also consider sorting through old toys and clothing to donate to charity before any new gifts arrive.

Visit Santa

Take the kids to visit Santa or write him a letter and mail it.

Have A Coat Drive

Start a coat drive by going through your coat closet and donate items no longer needed with those less fortunate. Collect new socks, hats, and gloves in your community to donate as well.

Go Caroling Around Your Neighborhood

Gather friends and family together and go caroling in your neighborhood or at a local nursing home. What a fun holiday tradition to start with kids!

Holiday Egg Hunt

Fill Easter eggs with Christmas candy or hide candy canes around the house and let the children find them.

Make Reindeer Food

Mix rolled oats with red and green sugar sprinkles. Have the kids sprinkle it on the lawn before bed for the reindeer to snack on while Santa is visiting your home.

Christmas Reads By The Fire

Collect Christmas books, wrap them in festive paper, and have the kids open and read one each day leading up until Christmas. Consider adding one new book each year. This is an easy holiday tradition!

Go On A Campout

After trimming the tree, get out the sleeping bags and “campout” under it for the night.

Have A Christmas Breakfast

Make a big breakfast Christmas morning. Make a breakfast casserole that can be prepared the night before, letting you enjoy the morning with your family.

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