After all the shopping and party prepping are done, your
holiday budget may feel two sizes too small. If you want to boost your
Christmas spirit, but don’t feel like spending large sums of money, here are
some inexpensive activities you can do with your family, on a date, or on your
own this season.
Enjoying elaborate exterior decorations doesn’t have to cost
a lot—go on a drive and appreciate your neighbors’ work. There are websites,
apps & maps that identify impressive holiday displays, or you can explore and
find them yourself. Many cities have lights in public parks with free admission.
On the other hand, if you’re staying in, throw on pajamas,
wrap yourself in a blanket and have a Christmas
movie marathon. There are plenty of holiday streaming options available on
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube, or you can turn on the TV and see
what specials are playing.
Twinkling story time
Check out classic Christmas books from your local library,
such as “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” “The Best Christmas Pageant
Ever,” “The Polar Express,” or “A Christmas Carol.”
Turn off all the lights and read stories by the glow of the Christmas tree. You
can also play some soft seasonal tunes to fill the room with more cheer.
Magical mall walks
Remember the mall? Even though many purchase presents online
these days, shopping centers are full of festive decor, joyful music, aromas of
pine & peppermint, and Santa’s workshop. Strolling through the mall without
the stress of having to find a gift is a nostalgia-inducing experience.
You already know the songs by heart, so why not throw a holiday-themed
karaoke party? After all, as Buddy the elf said, “The best way to spread
Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And if you’re feeling brave,
you can take your show on the road and go caroling.
Celebratory crafts & treats
There are thousands of Christmas craft ideas and recipes on
the internet. Find those that work with supplies you already have and get
creative. Cut out paper snowflakes, bake cookies, write heartfelt cards, set up
a hot chocolate bar, or try your hand at DIY candy canes.
There’s something magical about serving others during the
holiday season. Shovel a driveway or wrap packages for an elderly neighbor. Pay
visits with the treats and crafts you’ve made. Volunteer for organizations that
help the homeless and poor. Look for ways to brighten other people’s days and
your yuletide spirit will shine even brighter.