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Christmas is such an expensive time of year for many reasons. Buying the perfect presents, filling the fridge with festive treats and travelling around to see family and friends all adds up. Then on top of this you have the school Christmas holiday which means that you have your little treasures to entertain which can also get pricey.
However, with the festive season getting into full swing, there are plenty of things that you can do on a budget which both you and the kids will enjoy!
Firstly, try making a few of your own decorations! Pinterest have a whole collection of lovely items that will be fun for both girls and boys to make with you. Most creations can be made using bits and pieces that you have around the house too! http://goo.gl/jn6WxR The toilet roll reindeer are our favourite! http://goo.gl/y0zxTz
Baking Christmas treats is another way to keep the little ones busy over the holidays. Find recipes which include fun decorations which will appeal even more! BBC Good Food have some great ideas including reindeer cake pops, Christmas pudding rice krispie cakes and melting snowman biscuits! Yum! http://goo.gl/6CkMjZ
Have a look at what is going on in your local area as there will quite often be free events taking place. For example lots of libraries run storytimes and workshops for children and some shopping centres have free Santa’s Grottos! You can also make the most out of your local area by driving your kids around looking at all of the Christmas lights. You are bound to find some OTT houses complete with inflatable reindeer or snowmen!
There are some great online resources available which you can use to get your children into the Christmas spirit. Activity Village has loads of printable resources including colouring in pictures, puzzles, Christmas stories and poems. All you need is a printer and some colouring pencils and your kids can be kept occupied for hours! http://goo.gl/ozBJux. We have also found http://www.portablenorthpole.com/home where you can have a personal message recorded for your children from Santa himself! You are just asked some questions about your child and the message is created for you. This would be great entertainment for them on Christmas Eve! You can also spend Christmas Eve tracking Santa as he makes his deliveries on http://www.noradsanta.org/.
Our final suggestion is the classic Christmas films viewing. Sit down as a family and watch as many Christmas films as you can while eating treats such as the baked goods mentioned earlier! This is guaranteed to get you all feeling festive and might even give you a few hours peace. Now that would be a Christmas miracle...
By Sasha Davison
18th December 2013
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