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5 budget-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays
It can be easy to overspend during the holiday season, but there are ways to make the holidays feel priceless without spending much, or anything, at all. Read on for some ideas to make this holiday season a Claus for celebration.
a whole watt of fun
This one may seem obvious, but what’s one of the best parts of the holiday season? All the beautiful light displays. Better yet? The displays are usually free. Take some time to research areas in your town that have light displays, big and small, and make a plan to drive or walk around to look at them. Don’t forget holiday snacks and plenty of hot cocoa to really give this activity a festive feel.
you’ll glove this
if you live an area that gets cold enough, the holidays are the perfect time to break out the skates and sleds for some outdoor fun for the whole fam. Skating and sledding are good ways to get you moving while having a snow-ball. Want to add an extra layer of fun? Organize downhill or across the ice races. There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition!
license to chill
This one is the easiest (and coziest) on the list. There’s no shortage of holiday movies, so why not plan a holiday movie night? Pick a theme, or just watch the classics your family loves. Don’t forget the snacks, hot cocoa, fuzzy blankets and comfy pillows. Tip: search online for ideas about how to create a holiday movie bingo card, with the winner getting to pick the next flick.
batch made in heaven
The holidays probably mean eating ALL the treats, especially cookies. Gather your friends and family and host a cookie swap so you can share the yum. Coordinate ahead of time and let each person know how many people will be coming, what they’re planning on making (if possible) to avoid duplicate recipes and how many cookies to bring. Oh, and if it’s not a family secret, make sure your guests bring their recipes to share.
deck your halls
Having a merry home is definitely a seasonal mood booster. Look around your house for holiday decorations you already have on hand or make your own. There are tons of DIY holiday decor ideas online. Craft and dollar stores have plenty of cheap materials, or maybe you already have craft supplies at home. You can even head outside to find pinecones, branches – whatever you want to make it a ho-ho-holiday to remember.