That calendar turned to November, didn’t it? Yes, it surprised me even though I knew it was coming. So, I thought I’d pull out the hodgepodge of holiday habits. In hopes that one might inspire you. And also to remind myself as well. Feel free to pin this and come back to it later if this is simply too early for you!
Three Gifts for Christmas – Five children x how many presents???? Since early in our parenting, we have given three gifts to each of our children, just as the wise men brought three gifts to Jesus. Still, I could get overwhelmed with all the gift lists, the “I wants”. That is until I read about two simple solutions. Guidelines we adopted to keep the focus on Christ and the bank account from going bust.
Every Christmas our five children receive three gifts: one “gold” gift, the big item they are longing for; one “myrrh” gift, which is for their body, such as clothing; and one “frankincense” gift, for their spiritual growth.
One a Day – Slow the Season Down – What difference could we make in the life of aunts, uncles, parents, children – if we prayed, off and on, as we thought throughout a whole day – one loved one each day? I’ve found, through this habit, that the gifts I settle on tend to be meaningful gifts. Usually less expensive than what I first thought. But rich with love.
Jotham’s Journey Trilogy of Advent Stories – It is the element of suspense that get our children and makes them beg to read another chapter. The author brings the Biblical setting to life – pulling together all the elements, the characters, the joy of Christ’s birth!
Holidays and Breaking the Rules – Oh I am such the rule follower. However, today I’m going to share about breaking the rules and doing things early. December is such a busy time, why not move a few of those ‘to-dos’ to November? I did all of the following early the last two years. What a blessing it was to really enjoy the process as well as be free in December.
I Am Santa Claus – Hodgepodgedad’s funny take
Favorite Holiday Cooking Fun
- Thanksgiving Menu – Practical and Allergy Friendly version
- Sugar Cookies – a recipe for year ’round. Plenty of sprinkles necessary
- Reindeer Mix a.k.a. White Christmas Snack
- Mama Ann’s Morning Bars – another year ’rounder but especially special at Christmas
- Southern Butter Rolls – for dessert or breakfast
- Microwave Fudge – great for neighbor gifts or just because
- Oreo Truffles – no description necessary
- Slow Cooker Garlic Dip – great for parties
- Hot Chocolate Mix – Gifts your children can make (and it makes 250 servings!)
- Brittney’s Biscuits – buttery delights you can even make ahead and freezer (AND can make with a gluten free mix!)
- Plus Simple Suppers for the Holidays
Holiday Gift Ideas
- For the Birds – bird feeders to give your bird loving friends and family – or just give your backyard birds
- Give a Cake – simple, two-step pound cake. Cut it in half and give to neighbors living on either side of you!
- Teacher Gifts from Brown Paper Packages and more ideas like M&M gifts here
- CD Cookie – appreciating teachers
- The Cook Box – the gift Nana gave the girls that started our Cooking Fun habit
- Art Box – how to inspire artists!
Follow Tricia’s board Christmas on Pinterest.
Plus my Pinterest board full of Christmas ideas!
So, here’s a question for you. When do you start listening to Christmas music?
What lovely ideas. I can’t believe we are so close to Christmas. The years fly by.
Simple, yet fun ideas! Thank you for sharing. Every year I say I am going to start early…. I might actually do it this year 🙂
I just love your blog! It is so very helpful!!
Mistie – I appreciate you saying so! I have been blessed with wonderful family (my mama and grandmothers), friends and mentors – from whom I have learned much. But God gets all the glory 🙂
Donna Anders says
I am looking for a tutorial on doing a flower in pastels. Would this be possible? Thank you.
Thanks for asking Donna! We have a listing of flower pastel tutorials in our 100+ post (just scroll down a bit): https://www.yourbesthomeschool.com/2011/01/pastels-plus-links-to-tutorials/ Flower Chalk Pastel Tutorials:
10 Flower and Fruit Chalk Pastel Tutorials
Queen Anne’s Lace
Field of Flowers (below the ice cream tutorial)
[email protected] Peaceful Haven says
Thanks for so many great ideas!