The holidays are a time for taking a minute to step back and appreciate our loved ones, family, and friends. Unfortunately, spending time with the ones we care about can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. Many popular Christmas break destinations that offer activities for everyone in the family to enjoy can cost thousands of dollars, and there is no reason to go into debt or use a title loan to fund your holiday fun.
This isn’t necessarily true of all holiday activities though, and with a little creativity and effort, you can have a great time with loved ones without going broke in the process. As a general rule, going out of town for the holidays will almost always cost you more than staying home, but even the expense of traveling can be minimal with good planning and preparation.
This is a great way to spend a day together, and it’s guaranteed to make your house smell like the holidays. Best of all, it’s an activity that everyone in the family from grandparents to young kids can help with. Cookies, pies, pastries, and other desserts can be as much fun to make as they are to eat, and at the end of the day, you can put them out for a family meal or even invite some friends over to share in your bounty. There are thousands of recipes online if you need inspiration.
In many parts of the country, this tradition dates back to the 1950’s. A great way to spend an evening together is to pile everybody in the car and drive around neighborhoods looking for the best and brightest light displays you can find. Just about every town in America has a certain number of homes or even entire neighborhoods where the residents go all out with decorations and lights. Make it a game and have everyone in your family rank each house like it was a game show or beauty pageant.
If you have kids, it’s never too early to teach them that the holidays are as much about giving as getting, and one of the best ways to do that is by volunteering. There are plenty of places in your local area that are most likely looking for help giving back to the less fortunate this holiday season. A simple online search should produce more than a few options for you and your family.
Another way to give back besides volunteering is by putting together a care package for soldiers serving overseas. Organizations like the USO or Support Our Troops are more than willing to help you and your family put together a care package to let our service members know that they are appreciated, especially during the holiday season.
In this day and age, there’s really no reason to incur the expense of buying holiday decorations. Instead of going to the store this winter, have the whole family sit down and use their creativity to make new decorations. Nothing gives your home or your Christmas tree personal touches like homemade ornaments and decorations.
New England is one of the areas of our country with a rich and storied history, and many historical landmarks are hiding in plain sight. Use the time over Christmas break as an opportunity to explore the historic landmarks in your area. The National Register of Historic Places and your local Historical Society are great resources for finding interesting attractions in your area to explore with your family.