Are you as overwhelmed as I am about planning for the holidays? I mean, I LOVE this time of year, and I’m excited about it, but I feel like I’m looking ahead into a sort of red-and-green colored abyss. So hooray for clearing the brain fog and diving in.
Tips on Decorating with Kids
Ah, decorating. Right now my home looks a bit like Thanksgiving threw up in here, and I’m so proud. I’ve decided to decorate for Thanksgiving (with a lighted Christmas tree) and put up more decorations for Christmas in a few weeks.
If you have little ones and are struggling with knowing when to fit in decorating, I know how you feel!
My best decorating advice is to make it a family event and let children help with whatever they can. Let them add their own paper crafts and artwork to your home. Don’t worry about making the holidays picture perfect and have fun!
Tip: Get a separate Christmas tree just for the kids to decorate if you’d like to decorate your main tree yourself.
Make it a Christ-Centered Christmas
To make Christ the center of Christmas, just start by reading the Bible. This year, I’m creating an Advent Bible Reading Plan that I think you’ll love!
I also understand when you’d like to dive in a little bit more. If that’s you, here’s something I love.
Moms, I know it’s important to teach our kiddos and provide a Christ-centered Christmas for them. But we need it too! I think if we’re focusing on God this season, sharing it with our kids and creating a peaceful atmosphere will happen naturally.
Christmas Gift Prep
Last year (2017) I created a gift guide to bless the Christian mom, and I’ll be doing it again this year!
For now I recommend you:
- make a list of those you’ll be sharing gifts with this year
- set an overall budget and then a per-person gift budget
- write down gift ideas
- set a goal for date to finish shopping
I LOVE shopping for gifts, but it’s also hard to make time to do it. Gifts can sneak up on me, especially ones that I need to get in the mail.
Advent for Kids
This Advent e-book is for parents to read with kids aged 3-7. I got it to read with Kai when I was pregnant with Sylvie, and we are both big fans. I love that the lessons can all be boiled down to one simple word, and that an activity, lesson, and prayer is included for each day from Dec 1st until Christmas.
They are short and sweet, and activities use things from around the house. This has gone such a long way in keeping the meaning of Christmas in our hearts and minds! (By the way, I’m quoting from my own review that I left on Amazon last year.)
Christmas Planning Guide
My planner is working extra hard for me already! Here are the kinds of things I’m adding to my agenda for the holidays.
- Advent plans
- Christmas cards ordered, sent
- Gifts purchased, wrapped, mailed
- City calendar of events (parades, Santa visits)
- Church programs and events
- School programs and events
- Holiday parties
- Birthdays & anniversaries
- Post-Christmas family time, shopping, etc.
Get in the Christmas Spirit While You Plan
Well, we made it through my list…it wasn’t so bad, right? Now I’m going to sit down with my planner, my plethora of notes, and some pumpkin spiced coffee and pretend like preparing for the holidays is truly indulgent.
Here’s what you’ll want to sit down with as you plan:
- your favorite planner
- school, church, and city calendars
- Christmas music
- holiday essential oils/potpourri/candles
- PSL or hot chocolate
How are you preparing for the holidays? If you’re feeling the pressure already, remember to check out the Christ-Centered Christmas Kit. I hope you truly enjoy this season!