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  1. #1
    Karen
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    Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE for

    Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her favorite

    Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for Christmas.

    She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their favorite

    Christmas and when my friend mentioned the doll her mother broke down

    crying. Her mother told her that that year they'd had no money for

    Christmas - so her father had made her a doll house and had made

    furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll at

    Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had

    cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends

    favorite one - maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!



    Here are my ideas - and now is a good time to start making things.

    Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and

    watching garage sales and thrift shops.



    1. Doll house - (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes make

    good tables)

    2. Doll clothes - (could even be for a doll she already has)

    3. Bean bags - (for small child make one shaped like a frog - for

    older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard - cut

    holes in it and paint(or use crayons) around each hole in a different

    color)

    4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and

    get a car that fits the roads you draw or again - use a car he

    already has.

    5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and

    such places - grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.

    6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.

    You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have some

    scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house - you can add some

    paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO








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    Dee Bleau
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    These are great ideas. It will be tight this year for us also. I was getting ready to start thinking of who/what we can cut. I may have to also make homemade gifts. Theya re really nice. We do a family party every year. We draw names and put a $20.00 limit. my family had 4 ppl so $80.00 I am spending for gifts on top of grab bag gifts on top of everyone pitches in for food. I think this year we should all just bring gifts for our own kids. That would save so much. Also going to start thinking of maybe one big gift for both kids and a couple for each. I also have to cut back.

    Karen <karensbirds@yahoo.com> wrote: Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this
    year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE for
    Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her favorite
    Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for Christmas.
    She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their favorite
    Christmas and when my
    friend mentioned the doll her mother broke down
    crying. Her mother told her that that year they'd had no money for
    Christmas - so her father had made her a doll house and had made
    furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll at
    Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had
    cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends
    favorite one - maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!

    Here are my ideas - and now is a good time to start making things.
    Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and
    watching garage sales and thrift shops.

    1. Doll house - (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes make
    good tables)
    2. Doll clothes - (could even be for a doll she already has)
    3. Bean bags - (for small child make one shaped like a frog - for
    older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard - cut
    holes in it and paint(or use
    crayons) around each hole in a different
    color)
    4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and
    get a car that fits the roads you draw or again - use a car he
    already has.
    5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and
    such places - grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.
    6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.
    You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have some
    scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house - you can add some
    paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO




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  3. #3
    J Diane Northcutt
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    <DIV id="ygrp-msg">



    I understand how badly you feel.We were broke last year at Christmas. We gave our three kids that are still at home( ages 9, 12 & 13) a small inexpensive gift andnoone else got anything. My Mom and two adult children came for Christmas dinner. I hated not being able to give them a gift.
    I am going to make a suggestion. Don't let your kids think that Santa can't afford to visit them. They'll end up thinking Santa does not like them as well as the kids that he did give too. Go ahead and tell them the truth - there is no Santa. You have to tell them sooner or later that he is not real. Tell them sooner. Don't let them feel rejected and passed over by him. That is exactly how they will feel if they think that he gave to everyone else but them. My two oldest kids believed in Santa, but my three youngest never did. We decided that we were not going to the whole (made up ) Santa thing with them. They have loved and enjoyed christmas just as much as the Kids that did believe in Santa. We're a homeschool family that reads a lot of biographies. In the past families celebrated Christmas differently. Gifts were seconary. Each person might have gotten ONE small item. Often something they need (shirt , socks, etc) or possibly a treat such as candy. The big deal was a very special dinner. They focused on a big special dinner with all the trimmings. They sat around feasting . Laughter and games seem to have been the highlight.


    Diane













  4. #4
    purplebunnyfoofoo
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    One year when I was little there was no money either......we popped

    popcorn and strung it on the trees outside to decorate and the birds

    ate it. All we needed was a needle and some thread.

    hung some of dads socks on a door, there were 4 of us girls......and we

    only got switches in them that year...I remember mom saying we were

    such bad little girls that Santa did not come.

    That is a memory all 4 of us remember, not a good one.

    So at least make some cookies, decorate them....

    Maybe a time to tell the kids the 'truth' about 'santa'.....and that

    the holiday is about family love not 'things'.

    Perhaps where you live plan a neighborhood snowball fight and hot cocoa

    afterwards.

    Plan a neighborhood caroling party.

    Make it a giving event instead of recieving, have them clean up older

    toys they don;'t play with and donate to local groups collecting items.

    Its about making memories as someone said earlier.








  5. #5
    jbeli70618
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    Hi,



    I'm new to this board. But was reading about not being able to

    afford Christmas. If you're looking for some fun projects to make

    for Christmas. Check out the website familyfun.com. They have tons

    of projects for kids. Whether making gifts for others and making

    gifts for children. Check thrift stores or garage sales around your

    areas for supplies. You should be able to pick them up really

    cheap. Good luck! I think it will be the Christmas to remember with

    your children.



    Tammy



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <karensbirds@...> wrote:

    >

    > Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    > year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE

    for

    > Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her

    favorite

    > Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for

    Christmas.

    > She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their

    favorite

    > Christmas and when my friend mentioned the doll her mother broke

    down

    > crying. Her mother told her that that year they'd had no money for

    > Christmas - so her father had made her a doll house and had made

    > furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll

    at

    > Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had

    > cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends

    > favorite one - maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!

    >

    > Here are my ideas - and now is a good time to start making things.

    > Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and

    > watching garage sales and thrift shops.

    >

    > 1. Doll house - (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes

    make

    > good tables)

    > 2. Doll clothes - (could even be for a doll she already has)

    > 3. Bean bags - (for small child make one shaped like a frog - for

    > older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard - cut

    > holes in it and paint(or use crayons) around each hole in a

    different

    > color)

    > 4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and

    > get a car that fits the roads you draw or again - use a car he

    > already has.

    > 5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and

    > such places - grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.

    > 6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.

    > You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have

    some

    > scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house - you can add

    some

    > paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO

    >










  6. #6
    jbeli70618
    Guest

    Default Christmas without money


    Hi,



    I'm new to this board. But was reading about not being able to

    afford Christmas. If you're looking for some fun projects to make

    for Christmas. Check out the website familyfun.com. They have tons

    of projects for kids. Whether making gifts for others and making

    gifts for children. Check thrift stores or garage sales around your

    areas for supplies. You should be able to pick them up really

    cheap. Good luck! I think it will be the Christmas to remember with

    your children.



    Tammy



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <karensbirds@...> wrote:

    >

    > Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    > year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE

    for

    > Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her

    favorite






  7. #7
    Shell
    Guest

    Default Christmas without money


    I usually start now to make things for my family- there are 5 younger

    sibs and their spouses that I make for. I knit so it makes it easier, I

    do socks for sibs and spouses, and sweaters or something for the kids.

    At first I felt bad making the gifts, each is pretty cheep - I get yarn

    on sale or even make it ( I spin) for the items. Yeah it takes time, but

    its worth it in the long run.

    Just my 2 cents.



    --

    Blessings!

    Shell





    Please Spay and Neuter your Pets and weird friends and relatives.








  8. #8
    NancyR
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    Our local churches have an "angel tree" for Christmas gifts for kids. Maybe

    you could sign up for this. I would suggest checking the gifts before you

    actually give them to your kids to make sure they are appropriate. The way

    this works here is that the parents list toys their kids would like and

    clothes they need along with size. They also indicate boy or girl. The

    givers then pick out one toy and one article of clothing to buy. Some also

    include candy or treats for the entire family.



    Nancy








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    mem68
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    You can make a checker board -using 2 colors of buttons or milk caps.

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "Karen" <karensbirds@yahoo.com>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 5:30 PM

    Subject: Budget101.com : Christmas without money





    > Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    > year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE for

    > Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her favorite








  10. #10
    Lorraine
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    This reminded me of a homemade idea I saw once. YOu get those clthes

    pins that they make dolls out of (has a knob on top; not the spring

    type). You put several of these in a plastic school box (usually 50

    ents at Walmart) and add little scraps of cloth, lace, buttons,

    sequins, yarn, etc and it is a make-your-own doll kit. The child can

    draw faces on the clothespins and make clothes from the little

    scraps. I thought it was the cutest idea and one day will make these

    for my girls.



    Another idea is buying a plastic sand pail and filling it with fun

    bath products. I know you can google and find homemade soaps, bubble

    bath, etc. that you can make cheaply and put in those little travel

    bottles. Add a couple of rubber duckies and a cute face cloth. Maybe

    a bath poof or puppet. You can find all this at the Dollar Tree or

    similar store.



    Lorraine in GA



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <karensbirds@...> wrote:

    >

    > Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    > year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE

    for

    > Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her

    favorite

    > Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for

    Christmas.

    > She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their

    favorite

    > Christmas and when my friend mentioned the doll her mother broke

    down

    > crying. Her mother told her that that year they'd had no money for

    > Christmas - so her father had made her a doll house and had made

    > furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll

    at

    > Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had

    > cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends

    > favorite one - maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!

    >

    > Here are my ideas - and now is a good time to start making things.

    > Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and

    > watching garage sales and thrift shops.

    >

    > 1. Doll house - (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes

    make

    > good tables)

    > 2. Doll clothes - (could even be for a doll she already has)

    > 3. Bean bags - (for small child make one shaped like a frog - for

    > older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard - cut

    > holes in it and paint(or use crayons) around each hole in a

    different

    > color)

    > 4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and

    > get a car that fits the roads you draw or again - use a car he

    > already has.

    > 5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and

    > such places - grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.

    > 6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.

    > You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have

    some

    > scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house - you can add

    some

    > paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO

    >










  11. #11
    Val Coulman
    Guest

    Default Christmas without money


    One of our Christmas traditions is to start a jigsaw puzzle together. It&#39;s inexpensive and something that we can still work on as we talk. In our house, presents are usually secondary to the puzzle and the time together. And if your family doesn&#39;t think gifts have to be "new", there are a whole range of options open up! Gifts can be much more meaningful and can be found at thrift stores, used book stores, yard sales, craft fairs, traded with others, made from recyclable materials, etc.


    On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 7:59 AM, jbeli70618 <jbeli70618@airrun.net> wrote:

    <div class="Ih2E3d">Hi,



    I&#39;m new to this board. But was reading about not being able to

    afford Christmas. If you&#39;re looking for some fun projects to make

    for Christmas. Check out the website familyfun.com. They have tons

    of projects for kids. Whether making gifts for others and making

    gifts for children. Check thrift stores or garage sales around your

    areas for supplies. You should be able to pick them up really

    cheap. Good luck! I think it will be the Christmas to remember with

    your children.

    [/quote]
    --
    Val Coulman
    vcoulman@gmail.com



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    mem68
    Guest

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    This is a gift that can't be bought. I hope they appreciate it.

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "Shell" <she11ygirl@verizon.net>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Friday, July 04, 2008 8:43 AM

    Subject: Budget101.com : Re: Christmas without money





    > I usually start now to make things for my family- there are 5 younger

    > sibs and their spouses that I make for. I knit so it makes it easier, I

    > do socks for sibs and spouses, and sweaters or something






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    Sharon Young
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    When my oldest daughter was little (she's 26 now) I was pregnant with

    my oldest son(22) and my ex had just left me a few days after

    Thanksgiving.

    I didn't have a job, I wasn't getting child support yet, plus I all

    the household bills to pay. My Dad was great! He knew all the right

    people to talk to about getting me the help and financial aid that I

    needed.

    Christmas was very lean that year but I will always remember it and

    cherish it.

    I made Karen a very pretty ragdoll from fabric I already had with a

    pattern from a magazine. I sewed a lot so I had a lot of fabric. I

    made her a couple of flannel nightgowns, bought coloring books and

    new crayons and a few simple toys from the Goodwill Store.

    I saved trading stamps and I had enough of those to get a Nativity

    scene to put under the tree.

    I was so nervous about Christmas morning, but Karen loved everything

    she got! She was so happy with her gifts and never realized that we

    were poor.

    Later that day her father showed up with a big bag full of fancy toys

    from Sears. She played with them for a few days, but nothing made her

    happier than that ragdoll I made her. (I was tickled! lol)

    I still have that worn out ragdoll and keep it to remember that you

    don't have to have money to make someone happy.

    sharon










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    Trekgloria@aol.com
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    Angel Tree. Where I work at a university, an affiliated program Shore Can, has an Angle Tree. The response is AMAZING. Even the students, sororities, departments, as well as individual staff membersgive, and many generously. As that office is within my larger office, I "demand" a girl of about 5. I like that age, had boys, now grown, but with my own "angle" granddaughter. Knowing that I'm getting a girl of about that age, allows me to "shop" all year. I often find perfectly good, in the package toys and buy them. I also watch for great or clearance sales and get stuff for that age/gender child. When it comes around, I usually have at least one thing requested by the child--toy, and if clothes are requested, something from that. Plus, I usually have a stocking that I've stuffed. To ensure the parents get to really play Santa, I provide plenty of wrapping paper and tape. That way the parents see the presents and decide if truly acceptable/appropriate. Much is a variety of little things--coloring books, crayons, books to read, crafts for that age, etc. Not only does the Shore Can do it, but many other places, including churches, social agencies, Elks/Moose and the like, etc. So, don't be hesitant to put your children's names a few requests with these agencies.
    I do have to say, frequently, there are children, 16, 17, and even 18, with wishes that include I-Pods, cell phones, the latest electronic games, etc. While I do appreciate that these are still children, I am a bit, confused, that they or whomever places their wishes don't understand, that I give because I want to, but honestly, no way could I afford to give such expensive gifts. I don't begrudge them wanting presents for Christmas, but I do feel that by that age, a sort of grown-up understanding of the MEANING of Christmas should be happening, that itsisn't about automatically Receiving gifts because it's a certain day of the year,but about giving.
    Sometimes towards the end, some names will be left, and I will try to do another child. Call me a Grinch, but generally I prefer a child who will still experience the "Wonder" of Christmas, over one who sees it as a collection of goodies from strangers. I know I shouldn't be like that, but I am. If an older child requests more modest items, or things that seem more "needy" than "wanty" I don't mind buying clothes or personal hygiene items. But, a Wii or cell phone? I am not that generous of a person.
    From 2 years ago, the angel tree was easy for the university to fulfill all thechildren, if not all the requests, butlast year I think the numbers doubled or more. I am a bit "afraid" at how "bad" it might be this year. Depending on the needs, I may cut my gifts in half to ensure that at least one more child has something on Christmas Day.
    Gloria


    Gas prices getting you down? Search AOL Autos for fuel-efficient used cars.



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    Jessica Mason
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    <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Something I did last year for my scrapbook club that was a fun, cute and cheap idea.
    <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">They are all coffee drinkers--so I dipped clear plastic spoons in melted chocolate, let cooland bundled them together and gave each girl 5 spoons and a handmade card. They loved them and I did not feel bad that they were leaving empty handed. For my aunts I baked them all 2 mini loaves of a flavored bread and attached a handmade card. My cousins and I are all avid readers and we each brought a book from our own stash and wrapped it then play a game to give the books out. We all had a fun time and all left with a new-to-us book to read.
    <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">

    -------Original Message-------


    From: J Diane Northcutt
    Date: 7/4/2008 6:31:55 AM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Christmas without money










    <DIV id="ygrp-msg">



    I understand how badly you feel.We were broke last year at Christmas. We gave our three kids that are still at home( ages 9, 12 & 13) a small inexpensive gift andnoone else got anything. My Mom and two adult children came for Christmas dinner. I hated not being able to give them a gift.
    I am going to make a suggestion. Don't let your kids think that Santa can't afford to visit them. They'll end up thinking Santa does not like them as well as the kids that he did give too. Go ahead and tell them the truth - there is no Santa. You have to tell them sooner or later that he is not real. Tell them sooner. Don't let them feel rejected and passed over by him. That is exactly how they will feel if they think that he gave to everyone else but them. My two oldest kids believed in Santa, but my three youngest never did. We decided that we were not going to the whole (made up ) Santa thing with them. They have loved and enjoyed christmas just as much as the Kids that did believe in Santa. We're a homeschool family that reads a lot of biographies. In the past families celebrated Christmas differently. Gifts were seconary. Each person might have gotten ONE small item. Often something they need (shirt , socks, etc) or possibly a treat such as candy. The big deal was a very special dinner. They focused on a big special dinner with all the trimmings. They sat around feasting . Laughter and games seem to have been the highlight.


    Diane























 

 
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