Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Traditions

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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

What makes the Christmas holidays seem like Christmas?  What do you love about the Christmas season?

The answer to those questions will look different for each person.  But for me, it’s not Christmas without these things (among others):

  • hot chocolate and s’mores by the fire
  • a Christmas tree that can’t hold another light
  • watching some of the classic Christmas movies — It’s A Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, etc.
  • Christmas crackers, mince pies and cheese straws
  • Christmas hymns and songs
  • an apple, orange, and raisins in my stocking (and I don’t even like oranges or raisins)
  • the smell of cinnamon, pine and cold air
  • bundling up late at night (at like, 8 pm… that’s late these days!) and going for a drive to see Christmas lights
  • gingerbread houses
  • getting together with my mom and sisters on Christmas Eve for a day of baking and fellowship

What makes your heart happy during the holidays?  What about the rest of your family?

Ask them.  You might be surprised at the answers.  

Something you think is trivial may be one of your daughter’s favorite parts of Christmas.  Or maybe you stress and slave over the perfect experience/pie/tree/whatever for your children or spouse and it’s really not something they care about.

So do yourself (and them) a favor.  Ask your family about their favorite parts of the holiday.

Then make that list the priority — the rest doesn’t really matter.

If life starts getting too stressful — too chaotic and not fun — go back to that list and get back to basics.

And enjoy the holidays.

Now, the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  Take a few minutes today and think of all of the traditions you enjoy, whatever they may be.  Be sure and ask all of your family members as well.  Write them all down and try and schedule everything of importance into your Christmas season.

Today’s Printable:  CCJ traditions.  

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