Christmas time is a special time of year where you get to catch up with all of your extended family and spend some quality time with those you love. However, Christmas can bring with it a lot of pressure for parents to get their children lots of expensive presents. This can make Christmas a difficult time when money is tight, and for those who don’t have a lot of excess cash to spend on presents, decorations, and lavish Christmas meals.
But Christmas isn’t all about money, and if you are worried about making this holiday magical without lots of cash to throw around, then don’t worry; it is possible to have an amazing and memorable Christmas without lots of money to spend! Here is a guide on how to pull off a magical holiday for your kids when money is tight!
Make Your Own Traditions
A magical Christmas is often about traditions and making memories with your children that they will grow up remembering. While some traditions may include spending money, if money is tight, then you can swap these out for magical traditions that don’t cost you a penny.
For example, you can spend the cold winter nights of December all tucked up under a duvet as a family watching Christmas films from the comfort of your own home. Other traditions can include walking around your local neighborhood and counting all the Christmas trees you see in people’s homes. Remember to be creative and often the cheapest traditions will be your children’s favorite!
Create Homemade Christmas Gifts
One of the most expensive aspects when it comes to Christmas is all of the presents you feel pressured to buy for your children, and the rest of the family. However, if money is tight, then you shouldn’t even attempt to keep up with other parents, as this will only make your financial situation worse. Instead, you should think about creating your own homemade Christmas gifts. This is a great way to save money, and you can also get your children involved in the gift making process! A homemade gift shows the recipient the time and effort that has gone into their present.
Look Around for the Best Deals
During the festive season, many people overspend, leaving themselves short of money in the new year. This is because they fail to look around for the best deals that can be found both online and in store. Before making any purchase, at any time of the year, you should be looking at which store does it for the best price. Even the smallest of savings can make a huge difference if you shop around for each gift you buy. Online you can find hundreds of detailed reviews and deals that can make the Christmas season less expensive and less of a financial strain.
Decorate Your Tree with Blessings
You don’t have to have a huge Christmas tree during the festive season that is covered in lavish and expensive Christmas decorations. If money is a bit tight this year, then you should consider decorating your tree with a mixture of second-hand decorations alongside your blessings. This is a great tradition that you could start with your family and that you can do every year, whether money is tight or not. With your children you should write down all the things you are thankful for this Christmas and place them on the tree!
If money is tight this festive season, don’t feel pressured into throwing an expensive Christmas, and instead take the time and effort to make it just as magical without the added financial strain!