For many families (including ours), life gets hectic during the holiday season—numerous school programs, church programs, community events and family gatherings to attend—it’s hard to do it all, and do it well. Throughout the years, I have found having a plan helps with all the holiday bustle. Here are some suggestions to help you be prepared for the holiday season:
Start with making homemade gifts or purchasing a few special gifts prior to December (I am still working on this one myself).
First week of December – Decorate the Christmas tree. Make it a family event (we like to go as a family and cut down a fresh tree). Turn on some Christmas music, decorate the tree and serve up some hot cider. If you’re a widow or single, invite some friends or neighbors over to help decorate—what a great time to spend with family, friends and neighbors, while creating lasting memories.
Third week of December – Cooking time. Find some time this week to prepare some foods for the freezer. I like to make muffins (blueberry/banana, pumpkin/chocolate chip or zucchini) ahead so I know breakfast is covered. For lunches, I make up a couple batches of soup (chili, squash or vegetable soup) to freeze. For dinner, freeze some half-baked cheesy potatoes, roast a chicken and shred for sandwiches and freeze some cookies or pies (click here for the Farm Girl Fresh Apple Pie Recipe) for dessert. For added fun, call a friend and prepare some food together.
Fourth week of December – Spend time with family and friends. You might be looking at this list and thinking it is unrealistic for your family. It is just suggestions. I know for myself, the more prepared I am, the more time I have to reflect on the reason for the season. I encourage you to keep this holiday season as simple as possible so you have time to reflect on the birth of our Savior. What a great example of simplicity in Jesus’ birth.