It seems with the economy the way it is these days, there can be a lot to be unhappy and fearful about this Christmas season. Maybe you don’t have as much money to spend this year as you had in previous years, and you’re having to scrimp and save to have a great Christmas.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Remember the spirit of the season: peace on earth and goodwill toward men. You can have a great time this season, and your children will enjoy it too.
If you’re looking for some fun things to do that don’t cost anything and will help you have more fun this year, then consider these four activities:
1. Create Christmas crafts.
Who says you have to spend a lot of money on decorations or presents? You can make your own, and those who receive them will appreciate them because of the effort you have put into them.
Good ideas for homemade crafts include decorations, ornaments, Christmas cards, and homemade gifts. You can crochet, knit, or buy supplies from the local dollar store and make whatever your imagination can dream up.
2. Find free programs to attend.
There are plenty of events to attend here including concerts, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and even driving through your neighborhood and viewing the decorations and light shows your neighbors may offer.
One of my favorite events as a child was visiting the home of a local country music star who offered a lavish display of Christmas lights on his home and grounds. It was a trip we made every year, and I never lost the wonder of being a child at Christmas or how beautiful that display was.
3. Go caroling.
Why not take your children through your neighborhood caroling? Although it’s not done as often now as it used to be, this could be a fun thing for your children and highly entertaining for your neighbors. It’s also a great way to spread the cheer of the season.
You may also want to consider visiting the local nursing homes or veterans’ hospitals. This is your opportunity to make someone else feel better at Christmas as this can be a lonely time for many.
4. Volunteer in your neighborhood.
Animal shelters, soup kitchens, and other places around your neighborhood are a great place to volunteer, and these places always need volunteers to help out, especially the soup kitchens during the holidays. This is an opportunity to teach your children about charitable giving and show them how to help those who are less fortunate.
Show them how to share the true joy of the season. It isn’t about presents or trees. It’s about love, a gift from the heart. “Peace on earth. Goodwill towards men.”
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