Save Money – Create New Traditions

Christmas traditions can be EXPENSIVE!

I know a family who spends all day opening gifts! Everyone buys everyone something: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents – it doesn’t matter, everybody gets a present, and it’s not a cheap tradition! If you’re looking for a way to save money but still have a meaningful Christmas, start your own tradition. Get creative and bless your friends and family in a novel way. Here are some ideas:

DrawNames.com makes it easy to register your group. We’ve done it several times with our adult children and their spouses. Have everyone come with a written Bible verse for each family member. Read Luke chapter 2 aloud to start. Then share the verses aloud. Commit to pray that verse for one another over the coming year. Give a single game that the family can do together. Our boys still play Monopoly during the holidays. It can go on for hours! Our grandchildren join us in Fish Bowl sometimes playing as partners. Read Christmas stories aloud. Find them online or begin collecting beautiful books. Work puzzles together. We have several we only pull out at Christmas. Suggest that a side dish for dinner become a gift. Get outside if you can. Walk, play, and enjoy nature. Last but not least, attend church together. Last year we were out of town and attended a beautiful service that a friend recommended. Celebrating Christmas need not be expensive to be meaningful. In fact, challenging yourself to reduce spending may help you come up with a meaningful new tradition that focuses on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And if you’re trapped in a mountain of credit card debt, contact Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan to start the new year off right. For more information call the Crown Helpline at 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.