It’s the most wonderful time of the year – even if time and money both seem to be in frustratingly short supply. To remedy this, remember that people yearn for time together at this time of year. So why not turn holiday preparation into a party?
Think make-it-and-take-it. Family baking is a good example.
I loved our family’s tradition of baking together. My grandmother had eight sisters, and we all lived close together. On one day each year, in the smallest kitchen imaginable, we all gathered and we baked. As a child I was allowed to make anything I wanted with the “extra” dough. Inevitably, I would make tiny loaves of bread; I could not wait to take them to my kindergarten teacher as her holiday surprise! I still cherish that time spent with my great aunts.
If you want to start a new tradition of bringing people together, here are a few social, yet frugally fun ways to prepare for the holiday as a group.