Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thrifty Thursday ~ Free Family Festive Fun

Our very own Ashlie has been posting some great ideas about Christmas traditions through Advent Calendars and a Jesse Tree. I thought I would add to the festive fun and share a few of our mostly FREE traditions. I use an advent calendar to tell my kids about our daily activity. My husband illustrates the activity on a small piece of paper (we have non-readers age 5 and 2) or I put a small clue in the box (such as a game piece for game night).

  • Bubble Bath and make Santa beards
  • Picnic for dinner
  • Dance to Christmas music
  • Make a fort and play with flash lights
  • Sneak a surprise in Dad's stocking
  • Annual family cookie exchange party
  • Christmas movie and popcorn
  • Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Write letter to Santa and take to special North Pole mailbox at local post office
  • Game night
  • Fondue night
  • Bake cookies for Santa
CRAFTS: I am NOT a crafty person. I keep it very easy or go to Hobby Lobby and get the prepackaged crafts when they are half off. Don't laugh.
  • Rice Krispie Snowman Kit (if you don't have the kit you can do the same thing here)
  • Gingerbread House Kit
  • Foam Nativity Kit
  • Dollar Store Sun Catcher ornaments
  • Make fruity garland (with Froot Loops cereal)
  • Color pictures and send to family
  • Make paper snowflakes (click here for easy instructions and a video)
FAMILY OUTINGS: (Note: Most in Charlotte area and not all free)

The key is to keep it simple so you can enjoy it too.

Merry Christmas!




AmyA said...

These are great ideas! I may try to buy a Christmas craft kit today to do with my son. Another idea is to get poster board and marshmallows and make a big snowman with the marshmallows. You just draw the outline of the snowman and your kids can fill it in with the marshmallows. Finish off with a hat drawing, candy eyes, etc. Easy and cheap!

Ashlie Miller said...

I always love cheap/free Christmas outing or craft ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous said...

I love the ideas you have listed. Can you share where you got your Advent it!

Carolina Clipper said...

I got the advent calendar from Target this year. I think it was around $20.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting me know you got it at Target :)