Looking for a frugal Christmas craft to do with the kids? Try making Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments!
Check out this fun list of frugal Christmas ornaments you can make.
Looking for some ideas of ways to celebrate Advent as a family or make memories as you count down to Christmas? Here are 13 ideas submitted by readers:
A Happy Little Home is offering set of free printable family activity advent calendar cards.
Families That Stick is offering free printable Advent Bible reading cards for families.
Thrifty and Thriving shows you how to make your own Christmas Countdown Advent Activity Calendar.
Bamm Boo created Advent Activities in Jars — one for each day counting down to Christmas!
Well-Rounded Home put together a free printable Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar.
Intentional By Grace shows you how to create an Advent Calendar when you don’t have any money.
Free Homeschool Deals has a free printable December Activity Calendar.
Mandi is offering a free printable Advent Chain as a fun way to count down to Christmas.
Jessica from LifeAsMOM is offering a free Christmas Countdown download.
The Prudent Pantry shares how to make a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Teaching Good Eaters shares how they are incorporating the Christmas Book Basket Advent Calendar idea in their home.
Confessions of a Homeschooler shows you how to make Advent Activity Ornaments. Her post includes free printables and a list of activity ideas.
Looking for a really simple Advent Calendar idea? Jessica shows you how to make your own Advent Calendars from packs of gum.
How is your family seeking to make Advent meaningful? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Making memories together doesn’t have to be complicated and costly! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to read picture books with the kids. And even though they are 11, 9, and 7, they still humor me and listen in. I think they enjoy it, too! 😉
When they were younger, we’d get a stack of books from the library, wrap up the books individually, and they’d get to unwrap one per day during December to read. (You could also turn this idea into an Advent Countdown Activity, too!)
This year, we’re skipping the wrapping part since it’s not the thrill it once was when they were younger, but we’re reading one Christmas or winter-themed picture book together every night — either after dinner at the table or right before the kids go to bed.
We stopped by the library earlier this week and checked out a big stack of Christmas books (our library has a limit of 30 books checked out at a time!)
I was excited to find some new-to-us library books to read this year along with some of our longtime favorites and am looking forward to making more December read-aloud memories together.
This is such a simple and frugal tradition, but it’s one we’ll probably always look back on in years to come with so many fond memories.
10 of our Favorite Christmas Picture Books:
- The Christmas Story
- The Gingerbread Boy
- Gingerbread Baby
- Gingerbread Friends
- The Mitten
- B is for Bethlehem
- The Baby Born in a Stable
- White Snow, Bright Snow
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
- Great Joy
What is one of your family’s favorite Christmas books? Leave a comment so I can check to see if our library has it!
I share more about this tradition here on yesterday’s YouTube video. By the way, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel for new money-saving ideas, simple recipes, and practical home management ideas every week!
More Posts to Read:
- Looking for more frugal Christmas activities? Check out the Simple Christmas series I did back in 2012 for lots of great ideas!
- Don’t have a good library nearby or can’t find Christmas books at your library? Check out my post on 8 Ways I Get Books for Almost-Free.
Download a free printable “Kiss-Tac-Toe” game. This is a fun DIY Christmas gift idea!
Download a set of free printable Christmas budget worksheets.