I don't particularly budget for holidays like Thanksgiving. Usually we just cook a big dinner and eat a lot of leftovers.
Last year we took a vacation instead of eating at home. Our budget this year was much lower.
Last year's approximate budget:
3 nights in a hotel in Carlsbad (The Hilton Oceanfront Resort and Spa)
2 days at LEGOLAND
Associated food (lunches and a couple of dinners). Gas.
This three day trip cost about $1000.
This year's approximate budget:
Pre-cooked meal from Fresh and Easy: $60 (about $30 more than it would cost if we cooked it ourselves).
Bagel breakfast this morning: $10
Possible burger lunch tomorrow - it's Sunday Sabbath: $30.
This year's fun: $70 more than a standard year.
The "fun" things we did this weekend (since we were not on vacation):
Thursday beach walk with a former coworker (free!)
Sleepover for my son (friend was here)
Lunch and walk with a friend (here): free! (leftovers)
It was definitely more relaxing than traveling. The tree is up, the leftovers are delicious. I've spent quite a bit of time working on Christmas projects/ gifts. Our family calendar came - I make one on Shutterfly.com, order 10, and give them as gifts. This year, I copied last year's so I could keep the birthdates on there and not retype them. At the last minute, I realized that I hadn't changed "2013" to "2014" on the cover. So I caught that.
Apparently, what I DIDN'T catch was my son's birthdays - the calendar says they will be 7 and 1 next year. Whoops. Going to fix those manually.