Make some of these frugal traditions and activities part of your holiday celebration

Christmas: Traditions & Activities

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It's easy to let the chaos of the holiday season override your spirit of peace and frugality. Stop right there! You can keep the holiday magic in your home and schedule without breaking the bank and zapping your strength. Just concentrate on the "season." You don't have to get everything done in one day.

Holiday Treats Made Simple

Marie E. Cecchini

If you would like to save time, get together with friends, and have a variety of goodies available for the holidays, then a cookie swap party is for you.

Simple Family Holiday Ideas

Deborah Taylor-Hough

Since we're about to enter the midst of the holidays, here are simple ways to add joy and meaning to your holiday celebrations, family times, and Christmas reading materials.

Holiday Gifts and Memories

Reader Solutions

Our readers came together to share their favorite holiday memories and gifts. One reader shared, "The neatest idea for a great Christmas gift that costs under $5 for two people is to buy a wire whisk (all kitchens use them). Fill them with Hershey's kisses and include this saying, 'We whisk you a Merry Kiss-mas.' If you want, you can tie on another bag of kisses with ribbon. It's great for friends and neighbors." And there's plenty more great ideas that you won't want to miss.

Making Christmas Memories

Reader Solutions

Several of our great readers got together to share their favorite Christmas memories. They're not about the money spent and endless to-do lists. These memories highlight all that's good about the season.

The 12 Days of a RoMANtic Christmas

Michael Webb

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the children, friends and relatives often get all the attention and significant others are left out in the cold. Celebrate this Christmas with 12 days of romance.

North Pole Postmarks

Rae Osenbaugh

What's Christmas without letters to and from Santa? For a child, part of the excitement of Christmas is writing a list of wishes and getting it to the North Pole in time for Santa Claus to answer. Getting the real thing back can be quite a trick though. Not only do you need a letter from Santa, but you also need a North Pole postmark on it. We can help.

A Christmas Story

Gary Foreman

There are those who will tell you that a dream is the subconscious trying to get out. Then again, there are those who say you shouldn't spicy food before bed! What I do know was that it seemed so real that I wouldn't be surprised to find a snapshot show up in a photo album some day.

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