Easy Ideas for a Simply Joyful Christmas

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Easy Ideas for a Simply Joyful Christmas

Christmas is a pretty simple affair in our house. We give the kids one large family present, and then each child draws the name of a sibling. We then take the kids shopping, and they have the opportunity to select a gift for that child (within a budget, but the goal isn’t to use up the entire budget). Sibling gifts go under the tree as soon as they are wrapped; the family gift appears under the tree Christmas morning, along with treats and (sometimes) small gifts in their stockings. We find that having limited gifts makes it easier to enjoy this holiday season, and the time we have together as a family!

Here are a few other ways we celebrate Christmas in our home:

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

This post is part of the 25 Frugal Days for Christmas and was written by MaryAnne from Mama Smiles.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley, California with her husband Mike and four kids: Emma (7), Johnny (6), Lily (4), and Anna (1). She is passionate about making the move of everyday living, and blogs about finding joy in parenting through creativity, learning, and play at Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting. MaryAnne was raised in five different countries as the fourth of ten children, and worked in academia before having kids. She now stays home full time, where you will find her reading picture books with her kids, crafting, playing with kids on the floor, or taking pictures. You can also follow MaryAnne and her blog on Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

25 Frugal Days of Christmas at Frugal Homeschool Family

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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 10: A Frugal Family Christmas Tradition
Day11: Frugal Gift Idea: DIY Christmas Crackers
Day 12: 6 Ways to Repurpose Kids Art for Christmas
Day 13: Repurposed, Reused, Free and Frugal Christmas Decor
Day 14: Frugal Gift Idea: Favorite Things Memory Box
Day 15: Frugal Family Christmas Tradition Ideas
Day 16: Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Day 17: Frugal Christmas Ornament for Kids
Day 18: Christmas Lights Drive {with printable awards}
Day 19: Frugal Gift Idea: Food!
Day 20: 4 DIY Christmas Crafts/Decorations
Day 21: Homemade Peppermint Scented Playdough
Day 22: 5 Therapeutic Gifts for Special Needs Kids
Day 23: Crystal Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

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