We once again bring a piece about how to have an action-packed, fun and BRoke Christmas in the with our 12 BRoke Days of Christmas.
1. Cookie exchange – This is not your average “get together”. Invite all your friends to a party where everyone
bakes one dozen cookies to be sampled. These cookies can be a favorite family recipe or something you’ve pinterested. No one will be the wiser.
2. Ice skating at the River Center – A Baton Rouge tradition. Whether it’s with a special friend, a group or kids, everyone loves this cold treat.
3. Inexpensive gifts options – Redbox gift cards, grab a journal and write a personal note of inspiration on the first page, treat your friend out to a local road trip like Natchitoches, St. Francisville or New Orleans.
4. Throw an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party- You know the drill. Invite all your fabulous friends over, spike the eggnog and wear the ugliest, tackiest, grandpa-iest Christmas sweater you can find for a night that will be nothing short of epic. So stop by your local thrift shop and get your sweater today.
5. Spend time at your local nursing home or homeless shelter – Christmas is about goodwill toward mankind and spreading Christmas cheer. There are many in need this holiday season. We suggest that you consider giving back by visiting a local nursing home for some bridge or caroling. Another option includes donating your time at a local shelter.
6. Christmas photos around town – Who needs a professional photographer when we all have smart phones with legitimate cameras and Instagram? Drive around town and find the most beautifully decorated Christmas spots to take your holiday selfie or group photos. Feel free to upload them and hashtag #BRokeChristmas. We’d love to see where you end up and how you set up your free group picture.
7. Classic movie nights at the Manship and USS Kidd – The Manship Theatre and USS Kidd will be showing classic movies like “The Bishop’s Wife” and more throughout the month for the family for a low price.
8. Attend a Christmas-centered church service – Whether it is attending a traditional Christmas Eve mass or hymns at your service, celebrate the season at a church service. It’s a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit; it’s free and kid friendly.
9. Kiwanis Christmas parade – View the 63rd Annual Cortana Kiwanis Downtown Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m.
10. Hit the great outdoors – Baton Rouge does not get too cold for you to head outdoors. Some outdoor options include a friend’s campsite, one of our awesome local state parks or your back yard. Get around a small fire, roast some marshmallows and make some memories.
11. Send someone a thank you note – Thanksgiving is over. However, this is still the season to give back and to give thanks. Drop a card, a post card or pick up the landline and thank someone for being an important part of your life.
12. Turn the tables – We all have that favorite place we like to go for coffee or to eat. We hope that our favorite barista or waiter will be present. How about this season you give them a treat? This can be a card, an extra tip or just some friendly words. Thank them.