Let me start with my giving you my two cents on the Holidays. A few years ago I heard the expression “we do the holidays we don’t buy them” I like this. I don’t want it to be about things, I want it to be about our family and friends spending time with each other. Doing things and having fun. Secondly am not getting into any debate of who celebrates what or who celebrated it first or anything like that. What ever you celebrate is fine with me.
So if you have a long list of activities or crafts that you want to do this month. Or maybe you have board on Pinterest full of Yule tide fun (If you don’t click on any of those links to get some really good ideas.) So you have all these ideas and good intentions, but how to get it all done? Well let me tell you what works for me.
First up find 15 free minuets and get your family calendar. Now gather your Book of Days or computer or where ever you have your ideas. Go through your calendar and find out where to plug activities in. I have a few different ways I organize these activities One is color code. I use
Green for Holidays and birthdays,
Red for all of my events/ things I need to do,
purple for meals,
and Orange for Little.
I also try to follow our Weekly rhythm that we honor the rest of the year:
Monday: Baking or make food
Thursday: Garden day
Saturday: Market day
And so for example. Tomorrow the first we as a family are going to decorate and go though he house to find things to donate. Little and I are probably going to hit up a few craft fairs. Sunday I hope to do a little more scavenger hunt for more items to donate. Monday we are going to try again to bake up either some clay or salt dough ornaments to give as gifts. We will probably bake up a batch of cookies to give to someone. On Tuesday we will paint said ornaments and maybe some paper to wrap gifts with. Wednesday I am hoping we will be going to the Zoo to see the reindeer. If not Maybe go and visit some of the local stores that are doing toy drives. Thursday is garden day and so we will make some bird feeders for our little feathered friends. Friday I am going to try to teach her to finger weave and if that doesn’t work we are going to cut out snow flakes and put them up on the windows. Maybe make a paper garlend to decorate with.
As you can see it is just one little (or big) thing a day, but it makes the holidays memorable full of fun. Having it all planned out means I know we will get to it all and I can slow down and enjoy the activity we are participating in at the moment. Hope this helps you enjoy your holiday season.
(Note: the calendar above is the oh so awesome Flylady calendar you can get at the shop on Flylady.net, The framed sheet above has my list of chores to do morning, before dinner, and after dinner, next to that is a grocery list holder that my grandfather made, below that the rainbow sheet has our weekly rhythm posted)