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‘Tis the season to be merry… but it doesn’t mean you need to break your budget to have a good time.

We feel extremely honoured when we’re asked to help families set up for their futures. Parents really are the unsung heroes of our community – goodness knows you deserve a medal the way you work so hard to get get your kids to school – through school – and beyond!

You give them encouragement and financial support to dance, swim, and play footy outside school. Not to mention saving hard for that family holiday – and still more saving for trust funds and investment properties.

I’m sure you could really do with a break to your pocket and your stress levels. So here are 12 cheap and cheerful ideas to have a Christmas your family will never forget…

  1. Dress up in Santa outfits complete with shaving cream beards and play street cricket
  2. Watch Christmas movie flicks like Home Alone or The Muppet Christmas Carol
  3. Visit your local Carols By Candlelight (or watch it on TV)
  4. DIY Christmas cards: see BuzzFeed’s 23 cards you can make in under an hour!
  5. Decorate the Christmas tree together – then decorate each other
  6. Search the house for stuff you’ve never used (still with tags) and wrap it up for a Wishing Tree
  7. Have a beach picnic (10 Tips for the perfect beach picnic according to Reader’s Digest)
  8. Take a Christmas light tour around the neighbourhood
  9. Make Kris Kringle Cookies: give each other cookie gifts
  10. Make reindeer food out of oats and glitter to sprinkle a path to your tree
  11. Toast marshmallows over candles by the light of the Christmas tree and sing carols
  12. Take your younger kids to the dollar shop to buy presents for their siblings
  13. Bonus tip: Get reindeer antlers for the dog – and the rest of the family!

I hope you find these ideas useful. What are your family traditions? Post a message or photo with hashtag #WeAreFamily on the Simple Property Investment Facebook page.

Have a safe and happy Christmas. And a wonderful start to 2018!

Nick Holden

Nick Holden is the Founder of Simple Property Investment and an insured, qualified Property Investment Advisor under the ASPIRE Network industry body. He is a Licensed Real Estate Agent, holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and Cert IV Financial Services (Finance and Mortgage Broking). As there is no 'one size fits all' with property investment, he is on a mission to help ordinary Australians create wealth for their futures with personalised strategies and advice.