It's hard to believe that Christmas is here, yet again. Every year, I tell myself, you're going to simplify! You're going to be done with all your shopping by November! You're going to bake all of your holiday treats! And every year, I fall short. I'm sure you're feeling the same way. With all of the events that seem to fill up the calendar, it's hard to find time to shop and bake, let alone breathe! I've had grand ideas of creating a Simplicity Project, Christmas Edition but that's funny right there. Too much on my plate so it will have to wait.
Instead I've created a few resources that I hope will help you simplify and still be sure to get in some of the important activities that come around only this time of year. First, I thought I'd give you a few tips to get back on track and pull you out of that losing your mind feeling and into the reality that you can, in fact, do this!
We started this tradition several years ago and it's been such a hit. Each child gets Something You Want, Something You Need, Something to Wear, and Something to Read. It's easy on the budget and on my sanity. My kids get so many gifts from us, two sets of grandparents, and plenty of Aunts and Uncles. They really don't "need" anything so when I saw the Four Gift method I was in! Print out this wish list below (one for each child) and let them fill it out. Have them write a few things in each category so they are still surprised on Christmas morning. The best thing about this gift-giving method is you can do it as inexpensive as you want or you can go all out. We keep it pretty simple and budget friendly around here. Plus we still do a Santa Gift and we fill their stockings.
It always happens. We get to the end of a season and I wonder where the time went. There are so many unique activities that each season holds and before you know it, it's over and you haven't done anything fun. You all loved our Fall Bucket Lists so I decided to make some for the winter as well! There's a pre-filled list and a blank one as well in case you want to come up with some of your own activities.
I hope you take some time to relax this holiday season. Sit in awe and wonder at what the Father has done for you this year. Soak up the goodness of loved ones and make some fabulous memories. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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