Christmas is that time of the year where both kids and adults get excited and the lead up to Christmas can be just as exciting as Christmas Day itself! Keeping the kids entertained and the Christmas spirit alive is as important during the lead up as it is on the day. However, with the party season in full swing and buying presents on the agenda, it can also be expensive. So how do you come up with inexpensive ideas to keep the kids entertained this Christmas?
Below are four budget-friendly ideas to get you and the family in the Christmas spirit.
Bake Christmas Treats
Look for some quick and easy recipes for Christmas treats, such as:
- Christmas cookies flavoured with spices and/or cranberries
- Rum Balls
- Gingerbread men
- Christmas cupcakes topped with thick white icing that looks like snow. Or decorate them with coloured icing to resemble Christmas trees or reindeers (see image).
Set aside sometime on the weekend to make these treats. You can then store most of these recipes in airtight containers for Christmas or serve them when you have visitors in the lead up to Christmas.
Need an inexpensive gift for teachers or the kids at school? Give gingerbread men and cookies as gifts. A batch of Christmas cookies wrapped in cellophane and finished off with a red ribbon tied into a bow make lovely Christmas gifts!
For all your baking ingredients shop at Woolworths and you’ll earn Cashback on your grocery shop. The perfect icing on any cake!
Make Christmas Decorations
New Christmas decorations are nice, but they can be expensive to buy. An alternative would be to look online and in magazines for instructions on how to make decorations with the kids.
Alternatively, get really creative and layout all your craft materials and see what the kids come up with. If you have young children or if you want something very easy to make, paper chains are a tried and tested favourite. They can decorate the paper strips with their own unique touch and then put them together to form a paper chain.
You could also make snowmen from cotton wool or snowflakes from pipe cleaners.
Watch a Christmas Movie
In December, movie theatres, local councils and other community organisations sometimes show Christmas movies at reduced prices. Look in your local newspaper or online to find out if there are any special screenings in your area.
Or, you could just get cozy on the sofa and watch a Christmas movie on TV or DVD while munching on popcorn or your homemade Christmas treats!
Here are a few great Christmas movie suggestions that are family friendly:
- The Grinch
- Home Alone
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Shrek the Halls
- The Polar Express
Attend Free or Low-Cost Local Events
Many local councils and major cities hold free outdoor events when the Christmas lights are switched on. As well as switching on the lights, there might also be other things to keep the kids entertained, such as face painting, fireworks, and performances from choirs, musicians or dancers.
Many schools and organisations also hold Christmas fairs at this time of year. These fairs are fun for kids and can also be good for adults because you can often find unusual and inexpensive Christmas gifts.
If you’re on a budget, a handy idea would be to take your spending money in cash when going to Christmas events, so that you’re not tempted to spend too much.
If you’re in big cities like Melbourne or Sydney take the family to The Myer Music Bowl for Carols By Candlelight or Carols in the Domain. They’re a great night out, however, to get a great spot on the grass get in early and pack a picnic. Taking food and drinks with you will save you moneu at the food stalls.
Make the most out of the lead-up to Christmas. Many memories are created during this time and the kids will love every minute. Remember it doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be memorable!
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