In some ways it is very hard to believe that Christmas is only a couple days away. It feels like December has flown by. We have had lots of great times baking cookies, reading Christmas books, enjoying hot cider and cocoa, and doing ‘Christmas School’. This week we enjoyed some beautiful Christmas lights. There is a street in our town that goes all out with Christmas balls and other decorations. Luckily for us, our friends live on that street, so we parked in their yard and took a walk to enjoy the Christmas lights.
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We have also enjoyed giving back a little this year. We participated in Wreaths Across America with our AHG and Trail Life Troops, we did some fun things with Lightem’ Up, volunteered with our local historical site, the kids did the Detective Givemore Freebie and enjoyed implementing those ideas as well. We bought and wrapped Christmas gifts, we have participated in various church services (including the 3 year old singing ‘Away in a Manger’ with his class), mailed the Christmas cards, and decorated the tree. We even made a bit of Christmas art including painting poinsettias and some fun Christmas themed chalk pastels.
However, like many years before this there are other things I meant to get done. The kids really wanted to do a gingerbread house, there are some Christmas movies we have not yet watched, and a some other fun bucket list activities that we have not yet completed. I doubt I am the only one in this situation. If you find yourself stressed because you have not checked off everything you wanted to accomplish, I want to remind you to relax and enjoy Christmas.
First, Christmas is about the birth of Christ and not all the other fun and busy stuff. This doesn’t mean those other things are bad, but if you find yourself overwhelmed let them go and focus on Jesus and family. As a mom, it is so easy to let myself get wrapped up in the preparations and details. I forget to focus on the worship and wonder. Let go of the added expectations and the stress over what didn’t get done. Spending time worshiping HIM this season is more important than those little details.
Secondly, we always hear the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ and we tend to think about the days before Christmas. In our culture today, Christmas is often considered ‘over’ on December 26th. However, traditionally the twelve days started on Christmas and ended with another celebration on Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day. I don’t say that to imply that you need to spend those twelve days frantically filled with Christmas activities, but if you haven’t’ done some of the things you planned to do, simply enjoy Christmas and then do some of those activities in the days after Christmas. For our family this year, that will involve a gingerbread house, a trip to a Christmas light show (which thankfully is open until New Years) and some Christmas movies. If you had great intentions for getting that craft done, but never had time or baking those cookies use those days after Christmas to continue enjoying the season and celebration.
I pray that you have an enjoyable Christmas and that you are able to take the time to truly relax and enjoy it. I’ll be taking a few days off of the blog to focus on my family. When I return I’ll tell you more about our New Years traditions, Three Kings Day/ Twelfth Night, and our plans for the rest of the school year.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Deals and Freebies!
Amazon is doing it again! $5 off $20 Book Purchase. Use Code GIFTBOOK18. If you aren’t sure what book to buy you might want to check out this new book by Sally Clarkson that is on pre-order right now: Girls’ Club.
Exciting news from All About Learning Press this week! They are coming out with a full color edition of levels 1-4 All About Reading and to celebrate they are hosting a $1,000 giveaway! We use All About Spelling and are hoping to use All About Reading next year with my son who will be in Kindergarten.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op also has many digital options on sale right now. Music lessons, digital reading, and more.
My Snowman Paul is free on Kindle (as of posting Amazon changes prices frequently so always double check before purchase).
Need a good way to organize all of these great printables and have access to them when you need them? Try a free Dropbox Plan.
Amazon Prime 30 day FREE trial. If you do not yet have Amazon Prime this is a great time to try it for free for 30 days! Get your Christmas shopping done with free shipping, enjoy Christmas music and more.
$10 Sign-Up Bonus for Ibotta and they are doing some major savings and rebates starting today. Great way to save money on the things you are already buying.
$40 off your first HelloFresh Box
If you are looking for some maps to help extend your geography check out these from Knowledge Quest Map Trek (including a free sampler).
Homeschool Buyers Co-Op is offering a great deal on Discovery Education Streaming right now.
Two Free Audio Books with an Audible Trial and if you aren’t sure what to start with I’d suggest checking out the Green Ember or The Penderwicks for good family choices.
Also check our free resource library with history freebies, recipes, and four Christmas freebies!
When you sign up for our free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.
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