Christmas is a great time of year and it’s one that so many of us look forward to. But it’s also a time where our bank accounts resemble taps that have been left running. In a survey conducted by PwC this year, the average amount that will be spent by each adult on Christmas presents is £280. And that’s just the presents; you’ve also got to factor in the festive food shops, the nights out, the new clothes you’ll want to get! So if you feel like you’re pressing ‘click and buy’ almost continuously, how about mixing in some fun activities that don’t cost much (if anything), but are bound to bring you feelings of Christmas joy?
Don a Festive Knit
Everyone loves an excuse to dress up and the run-up to Christmas gives us plenty of opportunities. You’ll probably be investing in a new party outfit for the various Christmas ‘do’s and parties you’ve been invited to during the festive season, but you can also go for a bit of Christmas humour with a funny Christmas jumper.
Research by Voucherbox on Christmas jumpers revealed that Brits are willing to spend an average of £29 on a Christmas jumper but there are many available for a much lower price than that. An estimated 8.5 million Britons will take part in Christmas Jumper Day on 16th December, raising money for Save the Children in the process. But it doesn’t have to be just one day that you wear it; pretty much any day in December can be an unofficial Christmas Jumper Day.
Have a Singalong
Do you know all the words to Twelve Days of Christmas? When was the last time you sang Away in a Manger? Carol singing is a tradition that most of us grew up with, but how often do you get to belt out your favourite carols these days? Bring some Christmas cheer to your neighbourhood by getting a group of friends together, and go out singing your favourite carols. If it’s too cold to do that, then find out the dates for the local church carol services. For an extra dose of Christmas cuteness, see if you can go to a kids’ Nativity play. If you don’t have children of your own, try and wangle your way into attending your niece or nephew’s Nativity – just ask early as these are usually sell-out performances!
Make a Gingerbread House
Who says they’re just for kids? There’s nothing like a home-made gingerbread house to add something special to your Christmas decorations. Make one with boiled sweet stained-glass windows and light it up with a night light or two and you’ll also be able to enjoy the sweet scent of gingerbread wafting around your home. If you don’t have time to make your own, simply buy one of the many gingerbread house kits that all the supermarkets have in stock at the moment.
Watch Some Christmas Movies
A great option for any wet and dreary day over the festive season is to get settled on the sofa with one of your favourite Christmas movies to watch. Whether you go for the classics like It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol or the family capers like Home Alone, Jingle All the Way and Elf, there’s a festive film for everyone. Pick your movie, grab some chocolates and a blanket, and wallow in the cosiness of it all.
It’s true, Christmas is a spend-a-thon, but there are still plenty of things you can do that will get you into the Christmas spirit without draining even more funds from your wallet! What other fun, low spend Christmas ideas do you have?
*Written by Charlotte Blairman