We had a Christmas celebration today with my husband’s family. Both of his parents have passed away, so I do what I can to celebrate the things that his mother did for the grandchildren when they were little. I make her recipes in many cases. I typed up a story she wrote one Christmas and gave everyone a copy of it. I passed along her Christmas apron. We all had fond memories and stories to share today. I want my children, nieces, and nephews to have a part in this legacy. Celebrate and love your family. You don’t know that you will have another Christmas with them.
There are activities that I do with my children in December that I will continue if I am blessed with grandchildren. We make corn starch ornaments and paint them. We make cookies. We make pies. We make bath salts. While we are making memories, we are also making things to give to others. My grown children remember doing these things with me, and they ask every year if I am still doing the activities with their younger siblings.
Celebrating Christmas does not have to be a commercialized event. We see it as a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, make memories, and do for others. Enjoy your week! I will still have missions for you this week, but they will be short.
Monday – 15-minute Room Rescue in the Master Bedroom (Have your children do the same in their bedrooms.)
Tuesday – Detail dust in your bedroom — ceiling fan, blinds, flat surfaces, etc.
Wednesday – Clean out under your bed
Thursday – Christmas Eve
Friday – Christmas Day
Monday – Do some of your Christmas baking
Tuesday – Make your Christmas desserts, watch a Christmas movie as a family
Wednesday – Do food prep and veggie chopping
Thursday – Christmas Eve – enjoy your day! Make memories
Friday – Christmas Day – enjoy your family
If you have not downloaded my Holiday e-book, it is not too late. You can still use the full calendar plans for January to help you clean up after the Holidays.
It has helpful pages for you to do your menu planning, grocery lists, gift lists, and a daily calendar for January. I will also put the daily tips in my newsletter and on the blog. The e-book will just help you see the whole picture and give you forms to use.
- Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
- Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
- Swish and Swipe
- Start Your Laundry
- Decide on Dinner
- Check Your Calendar
- Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
- Quick Dust
- Purge Magazines or Paper Clutter
- Change Bedding
- Empty Trash
- Clean Windows/Mirrors
- Do you have some hands-on activities planned for the week? Look for a Thanksgiving Unit Study to work on this month.
- Eat Lunch
- Clear off One Hot Spot
- Reboot the Laundry
- Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
- Drink Your Water
- Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
- Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
- Lay anything out that you will need first thing in the morning
- Shine Your Sink
- Clean Off a Hot Spot
- Go to Bed at Decent Hour