Still feeling some stress since the special, little things haven’t gotten prioritized?
Since I have been gone, this idea didn’t get implemented this year, but we intend to prioritize these last few days before Christmas with the “10 days of Christmas.”
Instead of the “to do” list mentioned below, incorporate those things that truly will make a difference this year – bring cookies to the widow down the street, Christmas carol at 5 houses of neighbors that you have never met, bring an anonymous goodie bag to a stranger in need (look around – people in need are everywhere).
Incorporate your children in the brainstorming process, and don’t forget the fun things like sleeping under the Christmas tree lights or ding dong ditching your best friends with some treats.
These ideas will only take minutes out of your upcoming busy week, but will reap a lifetime of rewards that really matter.
Read below for the full intent of the tradition idea.
Gingerbread Man Chain – This is a wonderful way to organize your holiday To-Do list so you can actually enjoy the festivities. Make a paper chain with 24 gingerbread men (or Christmas trees), and write the numbers 1 through 24 on the front of each one. Make a list of all the things you need to do during the month of December and write one on the back of each gingerbread man (buy the Christmas tree, decorate the Christmas tree, hang the outdoor lights, decorate inside the house, make homemade cookies, donate toys to the goodwill, wrap presents, mail the out-of town gifts, etc.).
Breaking the month of December down into one small task a day will make the holidays fun instead of overwhelming. At the same time, it will show your children that there is more to Christmas than just treats and presents. Your children will love taking a gingerbread man down each day to discover which Christmas task they can help you with next.