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Today I have a guest post from Steve Alexander who blogs over at www.fedupofbeingpoor.com. Christmas can be such an expensive time, so finding things to for free as a is a must for many. In this festive article Steve shares his families favourite free Christmas activity.
Our Favourite FREE Christmas Activity
Do you like the words “Free” or “Free Christmas activity for all the family”, or just “alone time” from the kids as a couple to cuddle up close on a winters night?
As Christmas comes there is the inner battle as an adult, between the child in me wanting to be excited and the grown up in me resenting the materialism and the sheer costs that Christmas brings year upon year.
I ask myself the question:
‘Is the meaning of Christmas being forgotten?’
‘Where are my glad tidings?‘
There is no joy when I see money flowing from my account to someone else’s on things that the kids may or may not spend time with. On gifts for friends and relatives that may end up being recycled. Or that huge must have Christmas food shop, a huge chunk of which may not get eaten.
Bringing Back The Magic
Having young children, we wanted to bring the magic back. More for us as adults, and do something that felt christmassy but without the costs, something we could do on very low or no budget as a family and in our local area so again we would not have to go far or catch public transport or use the car.
As a family we like free family bonding things like playing games and doing competitions – like hunting for the kids favourite toy that’s been lost, always a joy, or where are the missing pieces, or who is getting the most attention, and Christmas is no exception.
This amazing free Christmas activity however is different. It brings the excitement of games, Christmas and competitions to a whole new level…. We take this out into the community….
So what is it I her you ask? This Awesome FREE Christmas Activity . . .
Imagine a dark winter Christmas night…. You get your winter clothes on, hat gloves coat, and my favourite the sun glasses, a latest edition to the pre-planned trip, and you may want to take your phone for pictures, selfies, Instagram, Facebook or where ever you may wish to post.
It is not always possible to afford to go to Blackpool illuminations, unless you live in Blackpool, or to have your house so lit up you like like something out of “National Lampoon” or “Home Alone” for those of us who remember those movies, so we do the next best thing.
Wrapped up warm and armed with phones, (and shades if required for the glare) we walk around our local neighbourhood (or some go further afield) taking the time to go and look at our neighbours lights and Christmas decorations. We live in a village but when younger I am sure we did similar in the car with my parents.
We then compare and laugh at whose is the best, whose is the most shocking, which are the religious ones or the over the top ones.
Individually we choose which ones we like and then as a family and then we write a Christmas card to the one one we like most. From our family to theirs, thanking them for their lights and the joy it brought us a family and why we nominated them the best in our locality.
Returning home, we laugh about our night over a hot drink whether that is over the top hot chocolate with all the trimmings of cream marsh mellows or something a little stronger 😉
When we shared what we did with friends, others started doing it too, and soon I noticed the neighbours trying to out do each other a little more than normal giving us more to look at and more entertainment.
Happy Christmas folks!
Thanks to Steve for sharing his families favourite free Christmas activity with us – I love the idea of writing a thank you card to your favourite festive house.