Dear Amy: My family would like to enjoy holiday festivities this year, but my parents say we are on a tight budget. Do you have any ideas for inexpensive activities we can do as a family? — Jessica A., Bolingbrook, Illinois
Dear Jessica: There are plenty of fun family activities you can do on a limited budget. Your local community’s website should have listings for free concerts, lighting ceremonies and outings everyone would enjoy. Local churches and civic groups often put on concerts and plays that are fun for the entire family. If you live in an area where it snows, plan an outing to go sledding at your favorite snowy hill.
You can also find many indoor activities online, such as making ornaments, baking cookies or scheduling a holiday movie night. Plan to make snacks and pile on the blankets to enjoy some of your favorite classic holiday films.
Another idea that is always fun is volunteering together! There are plenty of opportunities for families to serve local organizations, such as Harvesters, which provides food for families in need.
Check out these and other ideas at 12 Days of Fun (and Cheap!) Christmas Activities for Families at tinyurl.com/jlm5lx3.
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