Christmas is supposed to be the festive time filled with fun, love, and extravaganza, but not everyone may be able to afford the superfluous celebrations. Fortunately, with some planning and effective cost-cutting strategies, you can celebrate a pleased, merry Christmas on a tight budget.
If you are looking for some simple tips to help you celebrate Christmas in full fervour without needing to dole out chunks of cash, here are some:
Enjoy meaningful decorations
Put some thought into the real meaning of Christmas and behind Christmas celebrations. Decorations are done to add a festive touch to the surroundings. They are also done as per your taste and based on your belief in the religion and what the festival means to you.
Pick your decorations to express how you feel about the festival like you could be a firm believer of the faith, but you don’t have to be superfluous about your decorations.
There is no need to compete with big shopping malls or major celebrities if you can’t afford that. Just go comfortable with what’s available at your home. Here are some tips:
- Ask your kids which ones are their favourite ornaments or toys and hang them in their rooms.
- You can try some plain, homemade tree trimmings.
- Go with a string of lights. If you have minimal or no allowance this year, go with the lights, and they will give you room or house the instant Christmas feeling.
- Let the fresh greenery do its magic in the garden or the lawn.
It’s all about the apt atmosphere
Christmas is one time when people get nostalgic, celebratory and make more memories while recalling some old ones. Scents and spices encourage thoughts, and music induces memories, so try to create a cosy atmosphere in the house by putting on music or videos that are apt for the festival.
Take out blankets, put spices and fruits on the stove, and let them simmer and enjoy the smell.
Enjoy some family activities and plan ahead
Christmas doesn’t have to be all about food and gifts. Include some activities like board games or some simple group activities during or after the wholesome Christmas dinner. People don’t remember how much they ate last Christmas, but they would remember the funny memories of playing a game with the family.
Brainstorm what kind of games you can play on Christmas Eve and don’t forget to include your family in the planning. Take their opinion and jot down the games everyone voted for. If your kids are not fond of games, then look at some family photo albums as this will be a great family activity.
Make cooking a family activity
It doesn’t matter how delicious that food that you are serving on the table is if everyone is just in a hurry to get to a party afterwards. A happy meal means sharing and caring, so encourage more interaction in the family, so kids and adults, all have fun.
You can do so by encouraging everyone to be part of the cooking preparations. Work as a team and delegate small tasks like cutting cheese, washing and cutting vegetables but safely. When you work as a team, everyone will have a gala time, and you will all appreciate the time you spent together putting together a fabulous dinner.
Inspire your family to spend more time together enjoying tiny tasks without spending all their time being grumpy about a party they wanted to go to or on the phone.
Stretch out the fun for longer than just Christmas
The issue with the modern era is that everything is bought with money so if you are on a budget his Christmas, you may not have as many things to look forward to. But who says that you can’t spread out the joy for longer?
Why have a festive brunch only on Christmas day when you can have it every third day of the month in December? How about some fantastic Christmas movies so you can enjoy a movie night or a whole movie marathon with your kids?
Spread out activities on different days of the month and make every day memorable with this idea. Write these activities on a calendar and put it on display so every member of the family can see it and look forward to some fun. The idea is to make memories by not burning a hole in your pocket.
Make your original traditions
Every Christmas, you might travel to meet your big family, cousins but think about the tradition for a while. What’s the point of the high cost of flights, bad weather, the cramped houses? If you are used to travelling every Christmas, try staying home this year. Take your kids to explore the town, or visit different events that have a festive theme and create your traditions.
You may not get along with all of your relatives and may not like being part of the big dinner tables where everybody talks at the same time. Therefore, there is no need to part of the loud gathering if you don’t feel like it. Sit down; consider putting thought into how you want to spend your holidays.
Please write down your thoughts, ask your family what do they want and consider all opinions. Ask them one thing that they want to do this Christmas and take your family out to do these things one by one.
With this deep thinking, you will come to create traditions of your own and have your very own merry Christmas.
The whole idea behind the budget-friendly Christmas celebration is to enjoy the festive spirit, create your traditions without stressing about what others might be doing or how they might be celebrating their holidays.
Stick to a budget his season, and if you have zero savings and need a little rescue, then you can take out Christmas loans for bad credit to buy the presents and for social gatherings at your home.
But remember to keep things in your budget, so you don’t end up falling into the trap of debt. Don’t buy anything new unless you have used everything available for the seasons at home.