Normally, around the end of October, I take some time to ask each of my family what some of their favorite winter meals are so I can start planning a winter menu.
Each one chooses a different meal and it varies from year to year. This is a good way to let them know how special they are to me.
I also ask them if we could only do 1 winter/Christmas activity, what would it be. Doing this is a great way to cut the busy out of your holiday season. Again its,all in an attempt to keep the focus on Christ while building family memories.
Its Monday. If you haven’t finished shopping it’s time.
You don’t want to be out shopping the night before Thanksgiving. I did that the first year that I became a full time working mom. We had to go to 2 stores to find a turkey. Then the one we found was a smoked turkey, (not our usual).
Make a list of all the dishes you need for Thanksgiving including breakfast. For our family, that is cinnamon rolls. After making a list of all the dishes you will need to make, compile all of the recipes. Write down each ingredient and the amounts to formulate a shopping list. I have this typed into the computer as my master holiday shopping list. I usually start shopping for the dry goods in late October spread out the cost. The week before Thanksgiving I purchase the fresh ingredients. This was done Saturday.s
Sunday, I cooked the pumpkin and made marshmallows. I have made assignments to each of my daughters, mother and mother in law. Wednesday I will come home and bake pies and make the dough for the cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls and put it in the refrigerator over night.
Next post I will break down the morning of Thanksgiving. Having this plan allows me time to spend time with my family just taking it easy.
I have been working on my advent for a month. It is just about complete. I just realized I need to start this Sunday. I still need to purchase my candles.
If you don’t have an advent picked out yet, look through the internet or go to a book store. It doesn’t have to be long just something to weekly remind your family of Christ as we move toward christmas.
Don’t make it stressful. I do one advent activity a week and that is enough. Do what you can do and let the rest go.
I am so excited to start Sunday. I have a few surprises for my family.