The holiday season can leave your wallet or pocketbook feeling empty. For many individuals on a tight budget, the joyous holidays can quickly turn into stress-filled days. Stay in the holiday spirit by participating free or low-cost activities.
- Attend Christmas Parades
Numerous communities have Christmas parades. The electric light parades show off vehicles with hundreds of Christmas lights and music. The parades mark the beginning of the holiday season for the local community. Most parades end with the appearance of the big man himself, Santa Claus.
- Go to Community Events
Along with parades, many communities host Christmas events. Often the city official will provide Santa Clause a key to the city. Or the local commerce hosts a tree lighting ceremony. Check with:
- Art Council
- Community Centers
Many host Christmas tree decorating contests, breakfast with Santa and other low-cost events.
- Go to Church Events
Regardless of your religious beliefs or affiliations, attending a multitude of church events may put you in the holiday spirit.
Depending on the church, the events may include:
- Cookie Walk
- Community Sing-a-long
- Midnight Services
- Live Nativity Scenes
- Christmas Programs
- School Events
Many schools and colleges host special Christmas concerts and plays. Many are open to the public. Other programs may require the purchase of admission. Allowing you to enjoy a night of holiday entertainment, the low-cost ticket is worth the price.
Christmas brings many needs to the community. Taking time out of your busy schedule to volunteer may actually put you in the holiday spirit.
Volunteer ideas include:
- Toy Collection Sites
- Soup Kitchens
- Nursing Homes
- Local Chamber of Commence
At this time of the year, many churches or other charitable organizations create and distribute gift baskets to people in need. The organizations generally need help making the baskets up and delivery.
- Host a Movie Night
Host a Christmas movie night or one a week. Check out listings on your local television stations or watch a DVD. Consider making a special treat popcorn, pizza, cookies or hot chocolate can make the night more memorable. Movie nights can include just family, friends or a combination. During the holiday season, more the merrier often helps in acquiring the Christmas spirit.
- Make Homemade Decorations
Making homemade decorations is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Paper chains, salt dough ornaments, and other inexpensive materials are wonderful to add crafty decorations to your home.
- Search for Christmas Light Displays
Driving around looking at Christmas displays can create a magical evening. Some homeowners go all out for their displays, thousands of lights, Nativity scenes, Santa Claus on the roof and so much more.
Small moments to celebrate the holiday season may result in the best Christmas memories.