Welcome to Week Six: Create Your Holiday Celebration Plan in my holiday planning series – 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas: How to Prepare for Christmas. With Thanksgiving behind us and December just around the corner, we can start celebrating the season. This week you will have three assignments all with the theme of celebration. Let’s start celebrating!
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If you haven’t already set up your Holiday Binder, go back and check out the post from Week One to get it set up before moving on to today’s post. You can find it here –> Week 1: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder
Assignment #1: Decorate Your Home for the Holidays
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
I am giddy with excitement as we enter this first week of December. It’s no longer “too early” to decorate your home for Christmas.
I wholeheartedly embrace the idea of creating a warm and welcoming home during the holidays. My children, husband, and I decorate during the first week of December. Then we have the entire month to enjoy the sparkling beauty of the season.
So go ahead and take out those dusty boxes of decorations from your garage, buy a Christmas tree, and pick a day this week to decorate your home. Then put on some holiday music, make some hot cocoa or cider, and start decorating your house with your family.
Assignment #2: Celebrate Advent as a Family
Advent started this week. If you celebrate Advent, here are some ways you can celebrate this joyful season with your family.
- Celebrate Using Traditional Advent Candles: I love the idea of lighting candles to celebrate the light brought by Christ’s birth. You can use an Advent Wreath to hold your Advent candles. We light one purple candle the first week, two purple candles the second week, two purple candles and one pink candle the third week, and then we light all four candles the fourth week. On Christmas Day, we’ll replace the pink candle with a white candle to signify the purity of Christ.
- Decorate a Jesse Tree with Ornaments: Another way to celebrate Advent as a family is to read Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas and decorate a Jesse Tree. You can find printable ornaments for your Jesse Tree here. The Jesse Tree is an idea that comes from Isaiah 11:1, “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.” (NASB) (Beginning on December 1, I also read The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas during my morning quiet time as my Christmas devotional.)
- Countdown The Days Until Christmas With An Advent Calendar: The last way we celebrate Advent is with a traditional Advent Calendar, where the kids get to open up a new door for each day of December. Children love Advent Calendars, and you can find them just about everywhere. You can also check out homemade Nativity Advent Calendars on Pinterest if you want to try making one yourself.
Whatever you do to celebrate Advent this year with your children, the most important thing of all is to slow down and truly enjoy the precious moments you get to spend with each other.
Assignment #3: Create Your Holiday Giving Plan
The last assignment is to think about how you can celebrate the season by joyfully giving to other. This week spend some time creating your family’s Holiday Giving Plan. You can use the Holiday Family Giving printable in your 2016 Holiday Planning Pack to jot down your ideas.
For this project, keep in mind that giving comes in many forms. You can give your time, your donation of things, your money, or all three. Check out my post 7 Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Giving in Your Children for ideas on how your family can give generously this season.
That’s it for this week!
Don’t forget to use your December Gratitude Journal starting December 1. You’ll find it in your planning pack. Keeping a gratitude journal will help keep you focused on what actually matters this season.
I’ll see you next week for assignments on wrapping and baking, and some other important holiday planning matters.
Until then, Happy Celebrating!
With Love and Joy,