Make some memories this holiday season -- without spending a dime! Marriage and Family Therapist, Kelly Hoffman, stopped by with fun, no-cost ideas for spending quality time as a family.
7 No-Cost Ways to Have a TON of Fun as a Family over the Holidays:
Especially around the Holidays, we get caught up thinking of what to get, what we want, what others want, and ALL of the answers to “what do I/he/she/they want are fueled by what we see as ultimate gifts for this time of year.
Gifts are GREAT!! I love giving and receiving wonderful gifts, AND there is nothing I treasure more than the times I laugh with those I love.
These ideas will get you spending MORE DELIBERATE time together as a family, which in turn will translate into more opportunities for laughter, more opportunities for making memories.
All of these can be done for NO Cost, with just a little planning ahead.
1. Movie Marathon Day —- Classics from when you were a kid or family favorites. Use what you have or rent them from the Library.
MAKE IT FUN: Come in costume, quote the best lines, eat food from the show
2. Have a Yummy Party: Tea / Coffee Party / Soda / Chocolate
MAKE IT FUN:
- Set the table fun/pretty/weird
- No hands dinner night
3. Make Your Own Picture Show —— Set your photos up on the computer and watch together, MAKE IT FUN: pop corn, drink herbal tea
4. Game Night -
- Just for fun games - In the Manner of the Adverb, Charades, Sardines, Hide and Seek
- Traditional Board Games
- Minute to win - it Kids/Teens/Adults
5. Service Project / Adventure
- Hour of Driving Around - Doing good
- Bake / Write something & deliver it.
- Ask for people to buy sleeping bags and pass them out
- Twelve days of Christmas / Hanukkah - Just a note with a kind word, an ornament for the tree
- Family service gift, pick another family you know and have everyone think of some way they can contribute to a family service gift… make coupons they can “redeem” for specific services, like baby sitting or cooking, or cleaning a bathroom, or vacuuming a car…
6. Storytelling Night
- Storytelling Games - Start a story and each person add on, one person tell and the other act out
- Campfire stories - blankets and sleeping bags, Holiday stories,
- Stories about when your children were little, about things you did together as a family
7. Treasure hunt
- Around the House/neighborhood/town
- Clues to notes and little prizes
The idea behind all of this is to have time together to make memories, share laughter, and enjoy one another’s company.