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Friday, December 16, 2016

Inexpensive Things to do during Christmastime

Listen to Christmas music (get music CD's from the library)
Read Christmas Books aloud; such as The Night Before Christmas, Dicken's A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, The Christmas Shoes, The Polar Express
Turn off all lights except the Christmas lights and listen to instruments
of Christmas songs.
Attend Candlelight Service at a local church.
Turn off all lights, except the Christmas tree lights, prepare a big bowl
of popcorn, some hot cider and a plate of Christmas cookies and watch three of your favorite Christmas movie videos such as "The Santa Clause", "A Christmas Story", or "The Polar Express".
Go for an evening walk, look for the "North Star" and make a wish.
Play Christmas board games; there are Christmas versions of Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit
Invite a bunch of friends, family and neighbors to go Christmas Caroling and end up back home for hot chocolate and Chex Mix.
Make a Christmas scrapbook using all of those photos from past Christmas.
If you have snow: make a snowman and snow angels, have a snowball fight, go sledding, build an igloo, go cross country skiing or snowshowing.
Make paperbag, sand, and votive candle luminarias; line the front walkway with them.
Bake simple cut out cookies using dairy case cookie dough, cookie cutters and canned frosting.
Make orange and whole clove pomander balls, dry in the oven.
Put a Christmas greeting on the answering machine
Work on a Christmas jigsaw puzzle
Make homemade candy (molded chocolate, fudge, divinity, peanut brittle)
Visit a live nativity scene
Attend a church service or program that you don't normally attend.
Go to a Christmas movie matinee at the local theater... movies before 6pm are usually cheaper
Go ice skating
Drive around and look at Christmas lights
Go to a stage performance of Dickens's Christmas Carol
Watch family videos, look at slides and look through photo albums of
past Christmases
Have an "M&M" Night; Mall (look at decorations), Movie (Christmas movie at a Theater), and Munchies (Home for Ice Cream Sundaes)
Attend a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet performed by a local dance school.
Attend a performance of the Messiah and/our participate in a Messiah Sing
Decorate the trees outside for the birds with strings of popcorn and
cranberries, little orange baskets, and pinecones with peanut butter and bird seeds
Make mulled cider
Have a taffy pull
Have the kids put together a Christmas concert using kid's instruments, homemade instruments, and song books
Have a candlelight dinner
Have a family fondue fireside supper
Go on a sleigh ride
Visit Santa Claus and get a family picture taken
Trace your family history and talk about how Christmas was different for each generation
Take a family portrait by the Christmas tree or outside in the snow
Buy new toys to donate to Toys for Tots and/or canned food for a food drive
Volunteer as a family to help serve food at a Mission soup kitchen
Walk around your downtown area looking at the Christmas window displays
Have a Winter Solstice bonfire, roast marshmallows, tell stories of Christmas' of old, sing Christmas carols.
Make a batch of bread dough (flour, salt and water) and make Christmas ornaments.
Take a small Christmas tree, a Christmas wreath, or graveblanket to the grave of a family member who died.
Go to Midnight Mass, even if you aren't Catholic
Make plans to attend a Boar's Head Festival, which usually takes place sometime between Christmas and Twelfth Night
Honor Boxing Day on the 26th with a quiet tea and cookies and soft classical music.
Light candles and have each person tell what they are grateful for and what accomplishments they are most proud of.
Build and decorate a gingerbread house
Visit a nursing home and take homemade cookies and little gifts to the residents.
Have the entire family write and contribute to a family newsletter... add stories, drawings, poems, jokes, recipes and photos. Print off of your computer and send to family and friends.
Research Christmas traditions of other countries (online or at the library) and recreate one or two in your own family.
Go shopping at a secondhand store for dress-up clothes and then put on a Christmas play.
Make a collage using old Christmas cards and photos glued on to a large artist's canvas. Frame hang in a place of honor.
Make homemade Christmas tree decorations... (lots of ideas online); string popcorn and whole cranberries, make chains out of paper or ribbon.
Learn to say Merry Christmas in other languages
Write letters... to friends, to family members, to former teachers, to Santa Claus thanking them for being in your life.
Make homemade potpourri using flower petals, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and pinecones.. give some as gifts.
Use the month of December as family art month... provide paper, artist canvases, watercolor paints, acrylics, glitter, scissors and glue, colored pencils... encourage everyone to do art work (drawing, sketching, collage, painting, altered books). But old frames at a second hand store. Paint those all black. Frame each piece of artwork and unveil as an art gallery Christmas night.
Encourage everyone to write Christmas poems and make a Christmas Poetry Chapbook on your computer.
Decorate a dollhouse for Christmas
If you live near a coastal community, check to see if there is a Christmas Ship Parade
Get out the sleeping bags and sleep by the Christmas tree. Fix eggnog French toast for breakfast.
Have a Christmas healing session; back and foot massages, meditation, working with crystals and aromatherapy
Decorate red or white sweatshirts and tee shirts with fabric paints
Make Christmas prayer beads with red, white, green and gold beads.
Cut out paper snowflakes
Participate in a Jingle Bell Run if your city has one.
Check out free or inexpensive shows, concerts and events at your local college...
Make a family quilt. Give everyone a square of white muslin and fabric pens... Ask them to draw or write something about Christmas. Have everyone help to sew the squares together, perhaps with other squares in green and red...

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