I LOVE Christmas. I just love all the fun activities, the music, and the atmosphere surrounding the holiday. Everyone is in a great mood, people seem kinder, and there are always some fun activities to do, whether you have kids or not. So, here are some fun and basically FREE activities to do during the holiday.
1. Baking Cookies – if you already have the ingredients, it is free. So fun to decorate and even more fun to eat.
2. Christmas Lights – we make some hot chocolate, load up the kiddos and drive around the city to look at Christmas lights. By the time we get home the kids are passed out and are put right to bed!
3. Zoo Lights – if you have a zoo membership to your local zoo (we get one as a Christmas present every year from my parents), than no cost to you.
4. Writing a Letter to Santa – have your kiddos write the big guy a letter. See if there are any “Santa” mailboxes that you can drop them off at. There is one in Worthington (Ohio) that will actually have Santa write back.
5. Elf on the Shelf – some parents might be cursing me right now on this one, but in all reality, the kids just get so excited over it. No matter how you look at it, it brings a smile to my face to see how happy my son gets each morning.
6. Christmas Movies – we love movie night at our house. Popcorn, a fire in the fireplace, and some movies or Christmas cartoons playing. That is the best.
7. Sledding – if you are fortunate to have snow right now, you are LUCKY!! Take the kids sledding or build a snowman. Once they are done, make some hot cocoa with some cookies and you have made a very magical day for them.
8. Gingerbread house – if you have the ingredients at home to make this, then it won’t cost you a thing. Otherwise it is not that expensive. You can also use up any old candy from Easter or Halloween! 🙂
9. Christmas Stories – the entire month of December is spent reading Christmas books each night before bed. I just can’t get enough. The library is also a great place to pick some new ones up if you are tired of reading the same old, same old.
10. Santa Clause – taking the obligatory Santa pics at the mall is not much fun. We try to get in line really early and go to a mall that does not charge (Easton in Ohio) for pics. This year we went to the Women’s Club in Clintonville and made a small donation but did not have to wait in line. I have also thought about renting a Santa for an hour and splitting it with a group of girlfriends (I actually got Santa’s business card while in the checkout line of Giant Eagle one afternoon). Or honestly, a husband can dress up for that.
Check out your local area for any free Christmas activities. There are always so many going on throughout the month. Please share any other ideas that you and your family do, I would love to hear about them. Enjoy!
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