On the twelfth days of Christmas, my true love gave to me - savings. Try these holiday activities that bring people together and cost nothing but time.
Make a holiday treat for the animals with Cheerios, berries, or popcorn. String them onto yarn and hang the garlands outside.
Cut out paper snowflakes.
Visit someone who can't go out for the holidays.
See who can be the first to recite the names of Santa's reindeer - In alphabetical order.
After supper walk the neighborhood as a family and "judge" the Christmas lights.
Choose a toy to give to charity. If there are no toys in your house, choose a new piece of clothing or a warm blanket.
Do a secret favor to someone and don't tell them. It'll be your secret.
Watch a Christmas video.
Make a phone call to someone you won't see for the holiday.
Sit the family in a circle, turn off all the electronics, and read a Christmas story together.
Choose a common word of the day (like "kitchen" or "water"), and every time a family member says it he/she must stop and sing a chorus of Jingle Bells.
Sit in the dark and enjoy the Christmas lights.
About The Author: Kelly Ann Butterbaugh is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to a variety of magazines and has written a history book for middle readers. Visit her website for writing help, lesson plans, history fun, or work for hire at http://www.kellybutterbaugh.com
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