To that end, I was thinking about some of the fun traditions we have had over the years. Some of them can be timeless, and others can be newer. Either way, they can be fun. Especially if they don’t involve spending a whole lot of money:)
One past family tradition we had when I was growing up that was very simple was when we put up the Christmas tree and put up all the ornaments. These ornaments were basically the same ones year after year, with occasional new ones added. While I didn’t appreciate it as much as a really young kid, as I got older I found it to be neat to see ornaments marking different years or different stages of school. For example, there was an ornament made in school back in second grade. Another was from maybe third grade, when we had close family from out-of-town over, and we all bought kits to make homemade ornaments.
When we put up the tree, we always seemed to have Christmas music playing in the background. When I was really young, they were actual records that my dad played! Yes, that was a long time ago, and eventually we migrated to tapes and then CDs. The latter are essentially obsolete anyway now 🙂 Additionally, I recall us always having my mother’s homemade cookies at that time. She only made them then – lemon bars, macaroons, and tea cakes. Man, I miss those days of Mom baking cookies 🙂
All of that fun didn’t cost a lot of money, yet it made for memories that I clearly treasure today!
These days, one new tradition I’ve noticed us getting into is driving through this holiday light show that’s in the local area. For $5, a car can go through and see some really cool lights in a beautiful holiday setting, a somewhat historic estate. It’s not just like a 2 minutes drive; rather, with the massive amount of cars going through, you just might be driving through for 20 minutes. Not bad for a car full of people, and very festive and seasonal. My oldest child in particular really seems to enjoy it. I’m probably not doing justice to how cool it really is, you’ll just have to take my word for it 🙂
Anyway, once again, it doesn’t cost much, but it’s a lot of fun.
Who says that we have to spend a lot of money to have fun? Sometimes it’s the setting, the people, and the positive mindset that can create really good times!
My Questions for You:
Do you have any fun family traditions around the holidays?
Are any of them frugal or simply low-cost?