Frugal Family Christmas Tradition Ideas

Oh, Christmas time Oh Christmas time Oh how I love Christmas time! I love the sights, the sounds, the smells, and all the wonderful family friendly Christmas traditions that can be had at this time of year. I’ve thought about ways to make Christmas standout in my children’s minds as a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth by making meaningful memories as a family.

frugal Christmas Tradition Ideas Collage I know when people think of Christmas traditions you might think of decorations, candy, recipes, songs, or how you celebrate Christmas day. I think about all the frugal Christmas Tradition activities that can be had. (Yes, I have been known to “drag” our children out the door to participate in an event that I knew would be fun!) Usually my kids thank me afterwards for all the fun they do end up having! We found a couple local treasures a few years ago that are NOT TO BE MISSED events for our family. Even though they are local to us doesn’t mean you can’t find something similar in your neck of the woods:)

Christmas Open House Collage

Find a local Open House by a Library or Historical Society- We live in a town that has “Christmas on the Green” each year which offers horse-drawn carraige rides, characters dressed up, performances by show choir, roasting marshmellows, and Secret Santa Shoppe. We also attend an Open House from the city north of us which offers Gingerbread House decorating, pictures with Santa, live Reindeer, and crafts. Both of these are our MUST DO and just so happen to be back to back this year!

Christmas 2011 Collage

Attend a LIVE Nativity- Many churches put these on. We have a few and one is a walk-thru event while most are drive-thru events. One of our local shopping mall’s even offer Live Nativity and Menorahs. If you do not have any live Nativities in your area maybe you could make your own Nativity crafts.

Drive around looking at lights- Sometimes this is harder said than done for FREE! When I was growing up there was a house and a small town that both offered an amazing amount of lights to walk around and see. I believe both of these have since closed down since ownership has changed and the town could no longer afford the utility bills. Now we have to rely on other’s or the local news stations to find neighborhood’s that are well decorated and lite up!

Caroling- We have not done this as a family but could easily be added to our family tradition list. The last time I went caroling was way back when hubby and I were dating!

Cookie Exchange- instead of baking a ton of different cookies you could get together with friends and make all your cookies over the course of the day. Feasting and baking with friends is fun no matter what the ages!

All-Natural Gift Making Party- I am part of a local homesteading group. This year we are having a gift making meeting to make lip balm, lotion bars, and another recipe or two using all natural ingredients. This way we all split the cost of materials. Some members of the group have offered to share their knowledge and expertise. This will allow everyone to have fun making new items without the headache of trying something new on their own or buying a bunch of ingredients you may never use again. I have lots of recipes pinned to my Natural Remedies board.

Homeschool Gift and Ornament Making Party- Since I am the “crafty” mom I get to plan an event for a couple other families who have not-so-crafty moms. We have found a few families that get along well and we have decided to make some gifts for grandparents, aunts, and uncles. I will plan all the craft projects and the other families will provide the location and food!

More Ideas-

Do you need some last minute Christmas gift ideas? How about suggestions for Building toys or books to purchase? Do you need ideas for earning passive income for Christmas? I’ve got lots of ideas for all of these things on my blog at Something2Offer.

This post is part of the 25 Frugal Days of Christmas series and was written by Thaleia from Something2Offer.

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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions
Day 9: Bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to Life for your Spouse
Day 9 {2}: A Frugal Family Christmas Tradition
Day10: Frugal Gift Idea: DIY Christmas Crackers
Day 10 {2}: 6 Ways to Repurpose Kids Art for Christmas
Day 11: Repurposed, Reused, Free and Frugal Christmas Decor
Day 12: DIY Frugal Gift: Favorite Things Memory Box

Heather Bowen is the founder and owner of LifeofaHomeschoolMom.com. She and her husband live in North Carolina where they homeschool their two daughters. Heather is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse who traded in her scrubs and began blogging full-time in 2013. She is so glad you’re visiting her blog today and hopes to connect with you!

Comments

  1. Our family does most of those – we just made gingerbread houses with friends and have plans to go caroling.

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