1. Make lists of menus,
and things to do.
On each list put the most important things at the top. And if you don't get to
the ones towards the bottom, that's OK. You are simplifying.
2. Plan a Christmas
Only buy what you can afford and stay out of debt.
3. Pick out an advent
calendar and wreath.
4. Get out your decorations.
Find a separate box for all the decorations you are going to give away. Resist
the urge to buy more this year.
5. Use your present
list to buy at least 1/3 of your presents. Buy most of them online if possible
and shipped directly to their destination. If your family still buys presents
for everyone, suggest drawing names. The rest of your family probably doesn't
have the time or money to buy everyone a present either.
6. Have a holiday
craft day with the kids
for homemade decorations and cards if this is something the kids like to do.
7. Exercise at least 15 min a day and take your vitamin C so you don't get rundown.
8. Begin filling out Christmas cards starting from the top of the list. The ones
you don't get to, you can send New Year's cards to. I am sending Thanksgiving
day cards to get them done early. Or you can choose not to send any cards.
9. Go over Christmas calendar together as a family deciding what's really important
to attend. Remember you don't have to attend every party, family and church event
you are invited to.
Week 21. Take a long bath one night after
2. Keep writing out cards.
3. Send out of state packages
that aren't shipped directly.
4. Take a winter walk with the kids, then drink
hot cocoa at home.
5. Buy film for the camera or for the video camera. Get
6. Bake cookies with
the kids and freeze or send if this is important to your family. Otherwise, don't
feel you have to bake. Most people get too many goodies as it is. You can also
narrow it down to one thing that your family really looks forward to.
if you are doing stockings this year.
8. If you are having family over for
dinner, let people know what they can bring for the meal.
9. Decorate the house.
But you don't need to get carried away. An hour of decorating can bring in the
1. Mail cards. Smile at the harried person at the post office.
Decorate tree with half the ornaments. Now that my kids are older, we haven't
put up a tree for the past two years because the hassle and space it takes up
wasn't worth it to our family.
3. Plan New
4. Get clothes ready for holiday events. You probably
have enough holiday outfits so don't feel you need to buy more.
5. Go caroling, watch a holiday video or take a neighborhood drive to see the
6. Check travel arrangements.
7. Buy the
unperishable food for get togethers and finish up Christmas shopping.
8. Set up a wrapping
station with paper, bows, tape and scissors. Start wrapping.
9. Go to bed early one night.
10. Give holiday tips
to babysitter, etc.
1. Do any dinner
preparations ahead of time that you can.
2. Do any last
minute baking, wrapping and buying.
3. Lay out clothes for church,
4. Make sure you have enough dishes and seating..
5. Do a one hour family cleaning
of the house. Close doors of rooms that don't get done. Clean bathrooms
and put out guest towels and soap.
6. Relax and enjoy the
festivities. You did what you could. Now enjoy your time with family and friends.
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