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Frugal Ideas of Family Activities this Advent

Frugal Ideas of Family Activities this Advent

I love Christmas, I love the run up to it all. And now we are in December it is time to throw ourselves into the festive spirit. Year in year out Christmas comes, and the financial pressure mounts- it’s all just so expensive! But Christmas is not about how much we spend, it’s about family, love… worship, Christ.

I want to create the memories of fab Christmases, but I don’t want to feel totally stressed by the financial pressure. So here are some Christmas ideas to bring joy to the home, but not break the bank!

    1.Make Christmas Tree Decorations
    Make a salt dough ornament:

      2 cups flour
      1 cup water
      ½ cup salt
      1 tsp instant coffee

    Mix the coffee into the water (this gives a bit of colour, leave out if you like). Then mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the water, and knead into a dough.

    Use cookie cutters to make Christmas shapes. Put a hole in the top with a straw or pencil. Bake in a cool oven- 170° for about 1 hour 15 mins, until the dough is hard.

    When cold decorate the shapes and tie for cord to them so they can hang off the tree.

    2. Visit a Christmas Market
    Even if you are not buying, they are really beautiful!

    3. Homemade Christmas Presents
    These have the double benefit- do something for someone else, plus you make someones present. We have annual stand-bys in the this department- both curtesy of Nigella Lawson! Her Christmas cookies, and her Chilli Jam. The Chilli Jam is gorgeous, I make sure to make enough to have a small jar for us!

    4. Christmas Crafts!
    I loved Christmas crafts at school, and this is a time of year you can make lots of different Crafts and use them to decorate the house! I found this site a few years ago- don’t be fooled by it’s appearance, it is a goldmine of great craft ideas for Christmas
    Audrey’s Christmas Page

    5. Christmas Letter Writing
    I write a Christmas letter every year to send out in Christmas cards, this year The Girl will be doing likewise. She can tell distant family and friends what she has been up to this year.

    6. Christmas Card Making
    Honestly I can’t be bothered by cards. Mass produced, bits of card, that clutter up the mantle piece. I object to having to spend money on something that is going to end up in the recycling box. BUT I do like something that has meaning. When children put some effort into making cards for people, that is special- I also like receiving cards, and giving cards, from people I don’t see often… that’s different- but Mr Man knows to save pennies and not but me any cards!

    7. Advent Bible Study
    Having a focus for a family Bible study is a lovely idea. I have found this one by Ann Voskamp, who wrote the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: Advent Bible Study

    8. Make a Jesse Tree
    Again from Ann Voskamp, a free devotional and ornaments to make a Jesse Tree: a holy experience

    9. Some miscellaneous links
    50 things to do a Christmas…. I’m going to their house, uber organised!!

    Ways to Reach out at Christmas

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