Recently I was asked what were some cheap Christmas traditions that could be done on a budget. For my family, Christmas is about being with each other, so when I think of Christmas traditions family is what is the most important factor to me other than them being budget friendly. A few cheap Christmas traditions.
Cheap Christmas Traditions
I know it’s cliché, but I love making cookies with the family. We cut them out in our favorite shapes and then decorate them. I buy all sorts of sprinkles and candies to top them.
I also love to make a lot of sweets throughout the month. I try to space them out throughout the month so they don’t get wasted, but also because each time we bake something is one more chance I have to spend a little time with the kid or kids.
We like to look at the lights. We either walk or drive around our neighborhood and look at all the bright lights. There’s something about Christmas lights that just makes those moments seem magical.
I love to send cards to our family and friends. I use to buy these professional cards to mail out, but why spend that money when you could make your own? I sit down with the kids, and we make cards to send to granny and everyone else. Each card is made with love. The person isn’t getting a card they will just throw away. It’s something that we took the time and love to make for that person.
Grab some popcorn and watch a movie. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas movie. Just pick one that everyone can enjoy and spend some quality time together. You can find some cheap Christmas movies here.
Growing up every year all of our family would get together and play games. Anything from Uno to monopoly. We just had fun. My all-time favorite was “guess the movie”. We would split into teams and act out our favorite Christmas movies. The team that guessed the most right won. You can get some cheap family games here.
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The night we had our games we would also exchange ornaments. My grandmother had one rule they had to be homemade. I still have some of those ornaments. We don’t live close to family anymore, so that makes me treasure them even more.
This year our family isn’t close, and we’re not traveling, so we are going to pick out a special family ornament for our tree.
Cutthroat Kitchen Christmas style
This year we are starting a new tradition. We are going to have a cutthroat dinner. It’s where we will get a certain amount of time to cook something, and the kiddos are going to try to sabotage us. The winner gets a year worth of bragging rights.
You know as much as opening gifts is fun when the kids grow up they’re going to remember the time, not the gifts. I couldn’t tell you one thing I got over the years, but I could tell you about all the time we spent together. My grandmother made sure we all knew the true meaning of Christmas. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to be memorable.