Season of Peace
The days are getting shorter and cooler around here and the leaves are falling. I can't believe it's time to start thinking about Christmas! Past time really. October has come and gone in a flash.
Every year I want our Christmas celebrations to be peaceful and relaxing. It somehow never seems to work out that way. We get so busy and I get stressed wondering how I'm going to afford everything on our tight budget. We have to make sure we spend time with my mom and step-dad, my dad and step-mom, my in-laws, attend all the church activities and school Christmas parties and concerts (yes, they are still called Christmas parties at our school), and somehow fit in daily living. I'm feeling overwhelmed just thinking about it.
I am slowly creeping my way towards organization in my home. I've got a long way to go, but I'm way ahead of where I started. I can't change our budget, our families, or the number of activities that the school and church plan that we MUST attend, but I can change the way I deal with it. I'm setting up a Christmas notebook. I have a household notebook which is just a 3 ring binder where I keep my grocery menus and lists, bills to be paid, school calendars, cleaning schedule and some of my favorite recipes. I would be lost without it. A Christmas notebook is very similar. You can print out pages for your Christmas notebook here.
This week my goal for planning Christmas is to really think about what parts of Christmas are the most important to our family. It's so easy (for me anyway) to get caught up in being busy and not make time for what's really meaningful. I'm going to get my husband and the kids in on it too. I want to know what Christmas foods they really love and don't want to miss, what their favorite family traditions are, and any other ideas they might have. I'm going to write it all down and put it as the very first page in my new notebook.