Depending on your financial situation, Christmas break can be either a blessing or a curse. A blessing for obvious reasons: relaxing, vacationing, or spending time with family. A curse because you may have to work over the holidays, there’s no money for vacationing, and you don’t have time to spend with your family and friends. We’re here today to look at how you can still make the most of the Christmas break if you’re short on time, money or both.
Just a few ground rules before we get started. First, nothing on this list will require using a credit card or title loan to finance it. While these are both perfectly practical options for an emergency, a holiday break is supposed to leave you feeling more relaxed, not worrying about paying off debt. Second, how much you enjoy something is usually directly related to how much you like the people you're with while you're doing it. Be sure to keep all of this in mind while exploring these 5 fun activities you can enjoy on a budget during Christmas break.
If there’s one thing that can be said about Christmas it’s that it has the largest selection of movies over any other holiday. Valentine’s Day and Halloween both have a few good contenders, but nothing compared to the multitudes of classic and modern Christmas films. This Christmas break, why not make a big batch of hot chocolate, invite over friends or family, and marathon some of the classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Home Alone or How The Grinch Stole Christmas?
They may not be as prevalent as haunted houses are during the Halloween season, but winter parades and holiday light shows are a great way to interact with friends and neighbors in your community, all while getting into the holiday spirit. Do an online search for any holiday activities going on in your area, and mark them on your calendar. Sometimes just getting outdoors and into the cold weather can be enough to make it feel like Christmas, and almost all of these activities are free.
Just because it’s cold in Delaware doesn’t mean you can just find any old frozen lake to skate on. If you really want to get into the spirit of the season, there is nothing like heading out to a skating rink to get you in the mood. While this is an activity that will cost you a little bit of money, keep an eye out for specials and promotions for discounts on admission, free skate rentals or free admission for children.
Really want to feel like it’s the holidays? There’s no better way to get into the mood than decorating your home, and that doesn’t mean buying a few plastic decorations from your local store and planting them in the front yard. Take a day and use your crafting skills to make home decorations that are personal to your family, your house and your own special way of celebrating the holidays. This is an especially great way to spend the day when you have kids, as it lets their creativity run wild.
While a major vacation, or even just weekend getaway, may be outside your financial reach right now, one option you always have is to take a day trip to a local park, landmark or museum. Often there are all kinds of cool places around us that we take for granted or don’t even know about. Do an online search for landmarks or points of interest around you, and then load up the car and go there. Even if it’s just for a day, getting out of the house can be a great way to bond as a family while breaking up the monotony of the holidays.