It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It’s a rather stressful time–worrying about money to buy gifts, actual time it takes to buy gifts, the time it takes to wrap them. Then there’s the parties–suddenly your weekend–your sacred time, has become about managing parties, baking, shopping, and get-togethers with friends who you only see at this time of year. And let’s not forget to mention that everybody is sick while doing it. When it’s all over, some of us feel…just relief. And that’s a little bit sad. The holiday season is about community, the joy of giving (and the joy of receiving), and cuddling with your loved ones on the couch while watching It’s A Wonderful Life.
And yet, we’re run ragged and exhausted by long hours for extra cash, shopping on the lunch hour and staying up late to bake six dozen cookies for a cookie swap you’re sorry you RSVP’d to. Even though we at PromosPro love spending and saving, we are reminded that there is more to life. Here are a few fun activities you can do with your families this holiday season that are cheap, easy, and fun. Because isn’t that what’s it about? Family and fun.
Santa’s Cookie Plate
This could not be easier! Pick up some ceramic plates at the dollar store, along with some colored sharpies. Color on your plates, or inscribe Christmas messages. Then, put it in the oven on 350 for 30 minutes. Your messages will stay forever! Our favorite idea is a message for Santa that he’ll see once he finishes his cookies.
Reindeer Candy Holder
So easy! Again, your local dollar store should have pots of various sizes. The rest is up to you. Popsicle sticks, pom poms googly-eyes, paint and anything else your little hearts desire to make this reindeer smile. (Thanks to Simply Circle for the image below!)
3. Milk Jug Snowmen
This looks rather self-explanatory, which means it’s super cheap and easy. Add a hat and set it on the table with a scarf wrapped around it. Best to use felt for the eyes and nose if you have it.
Again, very self-explanatory! Use materials already in your house. At the very least, you may need to buy some felt and/or thick ribbon (for the scarf) at the craft store. Below are cute classroom doors, but these work anywhere!
5. Button ornaments
This is so kid friendly, and they’ll be allowed to display their art proudly on the tree. You can buy colors of your choice, or you can use what you have around the house. String your buttons on a ribbon and tie at the top. Voila.