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I know people joke about the arrival of November bringing all things Christmas. Some people embrace it with open arms, others cringe in disbelief. I try to find balance somewhere in the middle.
For me the key to getting the most out of the holidays is the preparation that I do from November 1st until Thanksgiving day. If I am prepared, planned and ready to celebrate my favorite season of all, we thrive. If I procrastinate and don’t make preparations, chaos consumes us all December long.
At our house November isn’t about celebrating our favorite season as much as it is about preparing for it. Today I want to talk to you about a few ways we are preparing our hearts,and our home, for the upcoming Christmas season.
The holidays are infamous for endless activities. From parties, performances, celebrations and get togethers of every kind, families can stay busy all season long. Start filling in your calendar now. Plan out what you want to do, buy the tickets and set reminders. But most importantly, remember to schedule down time too.
Budgets & Gifts
Our list of presents to buy is usually very short, but that isn’t the case for everyone. Now is the time to set your holiday budget, write down gift ideas and begin your shopping (if you haven’t already.) Having these things set now will help you to avoid impulse buys and overspending later. Don’t forget to budget money to give back with too.
I love how each family seems to have their very own traditions. From tree farms to baking and everything in between. The best way we have found to make sure that we don’t miss any of our favorites is to create our very own bucket list. Every year we sit down together and compile a list of the things we want to do together as a family. We write it out and put it on the fridge, so we don’t forget something.
Anything that you can do, order or prepare now, do it! Order your cards and address them, plan out your holiday baking and meals, make sure you have holiday clothes and pj’s bought, wrap some presents. I seldom regret any preparations I do when planning ahead. Spreading out the work over two whole months makes you less likely to become overwhelmed when the holiday season is in full swing.
Ready Your Heart
Now is the time to ready the hearts in your home, big and little, for what the holiday season is truly about, celebrating the birth of Christ. Reading scriptures, getting Advent plans ready and talking to our girls about the real reason we are preparing to celebrate does our hearts, and theirs, so much good.
This year we are so excited to add a new tradition to our home, Little Lamb from Bethlehem. Little Lamb is the perfect tool to use to teach your family about the Savior’s life and share ways to follow His example and serve others throughout the Christmas season.
The Little Lamb from Bethlehem website is loaded with activities, ideas, printables and multiple Advent calendars to choose from. Including a good deed calendar that would be perfect for spreading kindness this holiday season. I am so excited to start this tradition in our family this year.
What are you doing now to prepare for the holiday season?
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