I’m participating in the Spend-Less Holidays: Saving While Savoring the Season Blog Carnival, hosted by The Frugal Fil-Am and Dainty Mom. We’ll be sharing our tips on how to spend less this holiday season, so that we can have a more meaningful Christmas. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.
December is the favorite month of our family. It is very special because 3 members of the family celebrate their birthdays on this month and the Christmas holidays also happen on this month. You can imagine how busy and how excited everyone in our home is. We all know that we can all overspend this season so we need to remember to spend-less yet still make Christmas meaningful for the family. I am sharing some Christmas family traditions which doesn’t cost much but can build family camaraderie during this special season of the year.
Sing Christmas carols together. When the month of December starts, the family can learn to play a Christmas song together using musical instruments like the keyboard, guitar or drums. The family can also learn the lyrics of the song. The whole activity can culminate in visiting your neighbors or relatives and singing them some Christmas carols on or before Christmas eve.
Decorate your house by re-using old ornaments and personalizing them. It can get costly to buy new ornaments each year but it can also get pretty dull if you will use the same old ornaments year after year. It is best to re-use your old ornaments and re-design them. Use glitter pens or other art materials to add a personal touch to your ornaments. You can create your own ornaments too then include a personal message to each family member. You can also create ornaments by following Christmas crafts and origami.
Read Christmas story books every night. Over the years, it is most likely that the family has accumulated a number of story books about Christmas. It would be a great idea to read one book each night until Christmas eve. This is a great way to relive the story of Christmas and understand what Christmas really celebrates. This is sure to bring cuddling and fun memories with your children.
Research what each Christmas symbol means. Assign a Christmas symbol to each family member then on Christmas eve, each person should share what they have learned. There are several Christmas traditions that we do but we probably don’t know why we do it, like why is there a Christmas tree, why do we give gifts to each other, why do we sing Christmas carols and why do we put lights on the tree?
Declutter together and give to others. You probably have items in your house that you haven’t touched or used in the last 6 months. It is best to declutter together as a family and decide to bless others with whatever you find that is still useful. Plan a yearly outreach activity for the family, either by going to an orphanage or centers which have toy, book or other donation drives. Serving together as a family will enrich each member’s life and definitely brings a special bond in the family.
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