100 Days of Christmas Savings: Day 49, Start a New Tradition in Lieu of Gifts

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100daysnogiftsWhen you have a large extended family, gift giving can be expensive and time-consuming. This is even more true as your family grows larger and there are family members that you don’t know well enough to buy gifts they’ll like. Even a name draw gift exchange can be difficult to run if your family is spread out or if you have lots of family members.

An alternative to gift giving is to have your own tradition as a family. This might include a potluck, in which everyone brings their favorite family recipe, a meal at everyone’s favorite restaurant, or an ornament exchange that allows everyone to add meaningful ornaments to their Christmas tree. If your family is spread out across the country, you might want to do something that everyone can participate in. Get everyone on a Google Hangout or Facetime chat to talk about the holidays and catch up on the past year. Or send out family newsletters that will keep everyone up to date on what the family has been doing!

An annual Christmas party is another fun tradition that is easier for everyone. Make sure you have at least one family member who enjoys hosting parties and cooking, or else they will start to feel resentful of the tradition. Your new family tradition will allow you to enjoy quality family time without the added stress of gift giving.

And for some AWESOME homemade gift ideas make sure you head over and check out 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife.

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View the whole 100 Days of Saving on Christmas here.

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