Are y'all thinking of Christmas yet?
I'm participating in a group blogging project in which some of my favorite blogging buddies are sharing "12 Ways of Christmas". From wrapping to mantle decor, cooking to traditions, outreach to frugal giving, we are all sharing our 12 cents (hehe - Get it? 12?!) on how to get through the holidays with flair.
As for me, I'm sharing how you can plan ahead to make sure you have a holly, jolly Christmas!
If you wait until the last minute to start sewing those annual Christmas pajamas, you'll be such a stressed out, tired Mama on Christmas eve, you might forget to put an important ingredient in a Christmas pie, and really, what's jolly about that??
I have heard rumors about mothers being forced to sew doggie pajamas (see photo above) instead of Christmas pajamas when they waited too long to buy the Christmas flannel and then found it was all sold out.
Unless you're buying Christmas decor.
Every Christmas, each of my children get a dated Christmas ornament. My plan is for each of them to have an entire collection to take with them when they leave home. I always buy these immediately after Christmas because they are always on sale then. It is great fun each year to unwrap their ornaments from years past and reminisce about the years gone by.
Keep it simple. Don't plan too much.
Trust me. If you begin a different fun-filled tradition for every day of Christmas break, your children will never forget it as long as they live, and each and every year they will hound you to go ice skating and throw a gingerbread house decorating party and build an igloo out of sugar cubes and sew those ding-dang Christmas pajamas and have a cookie swap and plan a penguin party and on and on it goes. One or two special things each year will thrill your children and won't leave you overwhelmed with too much to do.
Homemade can be mostly homemade.
When we make these gingerbread houses, I use graham crackers instead of baking the actual gingerbread. This saves me tons of time, and the kids love doing it even if they aren't real gingerbread houses.
Don't expect perfection.
You aren't a family in a magazine. You're real. And wrinkled. And have a chocolate stain from showing the kids how to make chocolate cherry mice. Oh wait. That's me. Anyway, relax and enjoy the season. If your Christmas card picture has mismatched outfits, give it a sepia or black and white effect and call it good. I bet no one will even notice that one of them was wearing pajamas!
What about you? How do you plan for a stress-free Christmas?
If the holiday season seems more stressful than joyous, if your budget seems too small to be generous, or if you are simply in search of inspiration, the 12 Ways of Christmas is written just for you! Click on each of the buttons below and join all 12 of us as we share crafts, decor, traditions, and more!