2. We surprise our neighbors with gifts. Sort of like ding dong ditch, but much nicer. We leave little gifts on their stoops and ring the bell for them to find.
3. We make birdseed ornaments to feed the birds. They are super easy to make and for the little ones, they can always string popcorn!
4. Keep a loose change jar in a visible part of your home. Have all family members donate through the year, and when the holidays come, donate to a worthy cause.
5. Make Reindeer food! Need the recipe? Check it out here.
6. A fun (and thrifty) Hanukkah tradition is to keep the gifts simple and minor, and put the focus on a theme for each night. (Charity Night, Family Game Night, Home Movie Night...)
7. Host a cookie swap or a gift swap in your neighborhood or playgroup.
8. Have an ornament exchange.
9. Decorate a gingerbread house together.
10. Have everyone in the household make a card for one another. Place it under the tree, and open them with the gifts on Christmas morning!
11. Help your kids make their Christmas list or make a Dear Santa letter!
12. Send you child's letter to Santa! Here's how
13. Track Santa on his voyage.
14. Go for a drive and check out the holiday lights in your area.
15. Use an Advent Calendar to count down to Christmas.
16. Make an "I am Thankful List" with your children. Put it away until the following year, and keep adding to it yearly.
17. Start a canned food or a coat drive in your area.
18. Volunteer your time at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen.
19. Make cards and ornaments with your children for the local Senior Citizens Center.
20. Write a letter to your child each year.
21. Get outside and play. Go for a walk, or play in the snow! Enjoy nature.
22. Enjoy each other!