Sunday is the start of advent. We have celebrated advent for years … and I can’t imagine this season without the rhythm it provides to our days. With seven kids and a big extended family we guard our daily rhythm. This time of year goes by so fast and it is important to sink into your days before they skip right past and on to the next.
Here are some Easy Christmas Tips…
1.) Label the weeks and keep to a theme for each week, instead of cramming everything in all the time.
*Advent can be Hope, Joy, Love, Peace…or Stone, Plant, Animals, Humans (more of a Waldorf education theme).
*Recipes to be shared… Chocolate, Peppermint, Gingerbread, or Sugar.
2.)Write down any and all previous engagements now:
*Church services or practices
*all extracuricular/school related
*any and all social engagements.
3.)Keep a stack of childrens books and hot chocolate:
*Jan Brett has beautiful books that no one seems to outgrow and we all love to read
*Tomie dePaola has wonderful spiritual books with great illustrations.
4.)Print out new great ideas and put them in the ornament box for next year!
5.)Ask your family what is really important or what they really enjoyed last year and take that into consideration.
But i want to encourage everyone to make a short list of things their family really wants to accomplish this season. Emphasis on short list. The Internet and friends will give you an endless list of great ideas which can quickly take your attention away from what is truly important.
And at the end of even the busiest of holiday weeks one can build some of the best memories over a nice cup of hot chocolate shared with someone special.
Here are some Christmas cards I worked on over the past few days. We celebrate a type of St. Nic day and leave gifts on family and friends door steps…so we are planning on leaving these and some others the kids make: