Last year I found it very helpful to try Flying through the Holidays, Christmas being my final destination. There is so much to do as this is the part of the year where we reconnect with friends and extended family. This can prove challenging as often extended family has differences in how they celebrate. We want to keep the unity with the Spirit of love as a undefiled testimony unto the Lord.
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Last year I sort of used Flylady's Holiday Control Journal...but I think I got involved with it during December. This year, late as usual with my 'best laid plans,' I am jumping in right where I am and will do better than if I hadn't jumped in at all!!
I thought I would focus on some of the preliminary things I am doing, just in case you want to jump on the band-wagon too. I want to avoid the stress that can come with the season so that I can focus on Jesus, the whole Reason for the Season.
My goal is to have most of my preparations completed by December 1st so that I can enjoy decorating, baking, caroling with church family, church Christmas programs, and my family.
Want to join me??
This shouldn't be too complicated because if you are like me, you are broke and it would be better to stay within the budget. Don't slip out the credit card!!
Today!! Spend 15 minutes doing the following (set the timer!!):
- Print Flylady's Holiday Control Journal.
- Find an attractive (or not so attractive 3-ring binder...remember we are being miserly) and hole punch and place the Holiday Control Journal in the binder.
- Breeze through the journal and get some ideas going for the weeks ahead.
A week ago, I got myself back on schedule in my house cleaning. I find it easiest to clean a little every day than to have to do a Frantic Franny overhaul just before company arrives for Thanksgiving!!
This time of year my cat is shedding and he scatters fur helter-skelter wherever I walk!! Sometimes I can just pick up a clump of fur as I pass by, while other days it is easier to do a quick vacuuming. The other dirt-maker is the wood stove. Wood is brought in each day and then wood is added to the stove as needed. The wood and ash must be swept up or it would be tracked around the house on our socks.
Our house is a home and it is lived in. There is one simple trick that keeps chaos at bay and keeps a mama happy. Picking up belongings and putting them away makes even a somewhat dirty house look clean. Your home may look cluttered all day as your children play but they can be taught (and expected) to pick up their toys BEFORE supper. These are things that can be done which will create time for you to do a little preparation for Thanksgiving and Christmas each day.
What are you doing to make Thanksgiving an enjoyable time with loved ones?
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