Phase 2 of the holiday season is now upon us. I have vowed to embrace it. Every part of it! I want my children to experience it with me – every step along the way.
One thing I have learned is that you can really spend a lot of money on holiday stuff you only use a couple of weeks out of the year; which is downright crazy!
But the Internet is rich with free ideas!!
Here are 5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Include Your Toddler in Celebrating Christmas
1. Free Printable Nativity Scene.
|Photo credit: Marloes de Vries|
I shopped around for a nativity scene this year but in the end opted for this super-cute and budget-friendly idea by Marloes de Vries. You can print out a colored or black-and-white version to color yourself. I ran right out and bought card stock. I’ll print out one set for Robi and one set for decoration.
2. Make Christmas Cookies
These reindeer cookies from Steals and Deals for Kids would be so easy to make. Use a bell-shaped cookie cutter and decorate with M&Ms and pretzels. Simple. Fun. Educational. Quality time. Does it even get any better than that?
3. Free printable Christmas color book
This Christmas color book by Green Jello With Carrots is great for preschoolers! Check out her other color pages.
3. Christmas Crafts
Making homemade Christmas ornaments is definitely on our list of things to do. Formula Mom has some great, fun, and easy ideas for Christmas ornaments. Also,Sassy Sites: 400 Christmas Crafts for Kids
4. Christmas Reading
This is one important way to include your toddler in celebrating Christmas. With richly illustrated books, a whole world opens to them about the true meaning of Christmas – a foundation is laid for them that will last a life time.
Here are a site that have free books (even winter ones) We Give Books It has a lot of great kids classics…one I remember from daycare: The Snowy Day.
5. Christmas Movies
There is nothing like a Christmas movie or cartoon rich with the true meaning of Christmas to put you into the Christmas spirit! YouTube is full of all kinds of Christmas cartoons!
One tradition I began several years ago is on Christmas Eve we begin a Christmas movie marathon. I drag out all of my Christmas movies (and I have quite the collection) and just start playing them one after another. It’s a lot of fun and the kids love to join in.
So, this year – don’t let your budget keep you from having fun as a family. Use free resources to boost your creativity, and enjoy the season – but don’t forget the Reason!
More Great Christmas Activities:
The Mommyhood Memos: The Ultimate Advent Activity List
The Better Mom: The Mega List of Christmas Freebies
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Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.