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Spending More Time and Less Money with Your Kids This Winter Break

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is fast approaching. Homes are decorated, schools are preparing for their annual Christmas pageants, and Santa is taking gift requests from every boy and girl in the mall. Before you know it your kids will be home on winter break. How do you plan on keeping them occupied?

As a parent, you may be tempted to try and give your children everything they want, but that doesn’t mean you need to get a payday loan to cover the expense. There are plenty of great ways to spend quality time with your kids that won’t break the bank. The best way to show your children what really matters is by giving them your time and attention. The most cherished memories are made during special times like these. Teach your kids your holiday traditions, so that they can eventually pass them on to their children.

Get the Oven Mitts Ready

Throw down some flour, roll out some dough, and let your kids get messy. All you need to provide are the cookie cutters, cookie icing and sprinkles and they will be occupied for hours. To make it even more festive, put on some Christmas music and have a sing along with them in the kitchen. It is all about the time you spend with them, so if you make it fun they will be happy doing just about anything with you.

Decorate the Tree

If it is your custom to decorate a tree, then take your children out to help pick a tree, or have them help set up the artificial one. Either way, they will be excited to begin getting the house ready for Santa’s arrival. Without a tree, where would Santa leave the presents?

Together, you can string the lights, hang the ornaments, and don’t forget to add the tree topper. How about stringing popcorn or making construction paper links to use as garland on the tree? Crafting your own decorations is a fun activity for everyone, young and old. Just remember, whatever you do, have fun doing it. Who cares if the ornaments are all on one side of the tree and the garland is hanging all over the place, you can fix the tree later after the kids go to bed. Some people even give their children a small personal tree just for them to decorate.

Dear Santa

The most wonderful part of Christmas is the excitement of a child. When your little ones still believe and can’t wait for Santa to come, the anticipation can be almost more than they can bear. To help them prepare for his arrival, you can help them write him a letter with a list of their favorite toys. When they are done, take them to the mailbox, so they can personally send it off to the North Pole.

Reason for the Season

Remember the reason for the season. The holidays are about bringing family and friends together and being thankful for all that you have. You may not have money, but if you are surrounded by loved ones, then you have it all. As nice as it is to be able to pay your bills, remember money can’t buy happiness.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and yours!