Years ago I let go of the notion of the perfect holiday with all of its long list of ingredients and turned to the practical, enjoyable celebration. This goal was met with a few, simple steps. I’m sharing that with you, too. Simple holidays for the homeschool mom.
What do you think of when you hear the word holiday? Often, November and December bring a packed calendar, the shrugging of shoulders and the overwhelmed look. This year I offer simple holidays for the homeschool mom. This year I want you to celebrate like a child. Enjoy the time with your children. See, the definition of holiday is a vacation.
holiday, noun, a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.
And as with any vacation, there takes a little planning ahead of time so that you, the homeschool mom, can be free to enjoy. That’s what I want you to think about now. Today. Simple holidays for the homeschool mom.
Simple Holidays for the Homeschool Mom
Plan now to have a simple Thanksgiving and Christmas:
Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.Proverbs 21:5
- Break the rules and send your annual cards and give coach/teacher gifts at Thanksgiving. Give them with a ‘we are thankful for you’ theme. Of course your Christmas cards would be Thanksgiving cards – but that gives your family card more fridge time. Or, simply just get them ready and send them out right after Thanksgiving.
- Have a Thanksgiving Homeschool Celebration that your children are in charge of. This is a wonderful way to celebrate all the learning from your first semester of homeschool.
- Make freezer mashed potatoes in late October to enjoy in November or December. Buy big bags full of potatoes. Rather than stand at the sink and rinse them all, put them all in the dishwasher on the rinse cycle.
- Make, easy slow cooker breakfasts: overnight grits and breakfast casserole or overnight oatmeal
- Simplify the big meals: Overnight turkey, slow cooker dressing (I omit the chicken and just make the dressing), pull out your freezer mashed potatoes.
Frugal and simple. Delicious and delightful. More time for what is important. Counting blessings. Making memories.
Give yourself permission to savor.