Everyone seems to say that Christmas is a pretty expensive holiday but I keep reminding them that nothing is ever expensive unless we choose it to be. Christmas can be fun, eventful and frugal all at the same time.
Let me share with you some of the activities that you can consider in the next few weeks. Remember to have fun, enjoy the holidays and not break your piggy bank.
Christmas Walk in the Light (Night)
Some of you are lucky enough to live in urban cities where corporations spend thousands of dollars decorating their buildings with Christmas Lights so don’t miss the chance to go outside and enjoy it by having a nice walk.
The rest of us will probably have to look harder but many families will decorate their houses too. There is a whole community close to where I used to live in which every house was filled with lights during Christmas time. It was simply amazing and we would make it a point to just drive over there to enjoy it. (The word seems to have gotten out because there would sometimes be a traffic jam within those side streets in recent years)
I’m sure many of your companies are having some type of Christmas gathering and it always amazed me that so many people don’t attend. During the Christmas party, everyone is generally much more relax so it’s nothing like the work environment.
Even though I work at home now, I will be attending Emma’s party as well as my former company’s. (It will sure be exciting since it falls on the same day…)
You can also host your own party but make sure to send the invitations out really early. If you want to save some money and have variety at the same time, ask everyone to bring food and their favorite brand of alcohol.
Libraries and community centers are great because they always have newsletters that talk about the Christmas events that are happening in the local area. Head on over there if you want to participate because best of all, many of them are low cost (and something free).
If the event is big enough, even newspapers would talk about it. Last year, I didn’t know that there was actually a Christmas boat show nearby until I saw it on the Sunday paper. It would be unfortunate if I missed it because the display was spectacular to say the least.
Museums and Theaters
Some museums and theaters actually open for free during special hours in the holiday season. If you are into history or culture (or just want plain curious), find out what offers are near you.
Marketplaces, Town Centers, Malls or Just About Anyplace that People Gather
Many of these public places will hold special events and themed festivals featuring music, crafts, dance presentations and food samplings for many to enjoy. These are always really fun to go to because not only can you enjoy all the shows, you usually learn something new about a different culture as well.
Have I missed anything? What do you do that’s both frugal and fun during December for the holidays?