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What to do on Christmas when there are no gifts to unwrap?

this year we are unable to buy any gifts for our children and I was wondering what we should?? with no money it's is very sad... any ideas?

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Asked by SolizBeserra at 10:08 PM on Dec. 20, 2009 in Holidays

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  • Board games
    turn on the radio, find Christmas music and dance and sing
    go caroling
    remember favorite gifts/fun times from holidays past
    make cookies
    make dinner together
    read the Christmas story
    get a book of Christmas stories/poems from the library ahead of time and read those together
    watch favorite Christmas shows and movies
    is there a tree? if so make paper and/or popcorn chains and hang them from the tree
    play in the snow/go sledding

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:13 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Just a thought since you are unable to buy presents... And as you know Christmas isn't about material things its about spending the day with your loved ones and enjoying family time. But you could make homemade coupon books for each child. For example one coupon could say "A day with Mommy doing whatever activities you choose" "A movie night with Mom and Dad and you choose the movie" "One night you can skip your bath" ;) "You choose what we will have for dinner" Just use your imagination and come up with things that your children would enjoy.

    Answer by AProsser at 10:17 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Christmas does not have to be about gifts. I dont know your kids ages but there is ALOT you can do! If at a good age you can volunteer at a local church/shelter/ect. There is no bigger gift than giving back, especially when its your TIME (and not ur money)!
    Just make it a family day. Get crafty with whatever you have, Play games, watch movies, sip on hot chocolate, bake cookies.
    Instead of gifts that take money --- write out "gift cards" of various things --- "Special Mommy Time/ Daddy Time" "Eat your favorite dinner" "1 extra book to read at bed time" .. Whatever fits your family :)

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 10:24 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Also call your church, and if you don't have one then call your local church. Ours has a Christmas dinner and they have some gifts for the kids. I know it's not all about the stuff but maybe getting out of the house and having a day with others that could use some Christmas cheer as well will make you and your family feel better...

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 10:28 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Make them something. Do you have family you can go see? Go walk around and look at Christmas lights. Cook dinner together.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Calling a local church can help you out but I agree 100 percent with the previous post, go volunteer at an organization that is serving Christmas dinner to show your children the spirit of giving. A previous post said make coupons. I would also have each child what they liked best about the year, what they are most grateful for. Put it under the tree in envelopes, read the story of Christ's birth, read the envelopes, and go off to volunteer. That would be a spirited giving Christmas INDEED !!!!!! And mama you can't buy it at Walmart, Toys R Us, or Macy's. I bet it will be the most remembered Christmas. Good Luck Mom!!!!

    Answer by SEEKEROFSHELLS at 10:49 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • You could all decide to make family gifts. Tell them this year that "we are making gifts" so they can get any crafts stuff you have and make gifts and you can do the same. let loose. it will be fun and crative and a new way to really have presents that are really from the heart. We did this this year for teachers and friends and it was a hit! Make your fave cookies together from scratch and have christmas music play all the while. Make paper chains and make it a challenge to see if you can make one long enough to trail the whole circumference or the living room or something like that. Set the kids on a challenge like that and you'll get a kick out of their enthusiasm to meet the challenge. ( i know mine love this kinda stuff) good luck with all the ideas and merry christmas!

    Answer by mom2BOYZnDad at 10:59 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • I am Jewish so we don't have presents on Christmas day and just about everything is closed. When we had no extra money we spent Christmas Day watching movies, had a special supper (usually a 2nd reason for turkey and all the fixings) and played board games. When we have money we go to the movies and pick up Chinese food for supper. There are many things you can do to make Christmas memorable...go to Church, watch Christmas movies, have a family meal, play games and just enjoy the day with your family.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:25 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Can't you find $5 around somewhere to buy a few little things from the Dollar Store or even just a box of candy canes for .99 at Walgreens? You could even wrap it up in old newspaper? I'm sure you can find $2.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • go to mass, sing carols, bake some goodies or make Christmas crafts, volunteer at a soup kitchen, visit the sick/elderly, play in the snow, go skating, call up friends far away, see a movie, play board games or old fashioned games like charades, take a family photo, drive around and look at the lights... it's not all about the presents :)

    Answer by toola at 4:34 AM on Dec. 21, 2009

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