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.
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You’re a very sweet MOM
This is a great idea.
The grand kiddos will have fun with this.
What a wonderful idea!
I like that gingerbread man idea! That would have helped me get myself organized instead of last minute chaos that I have now! : )
That’s a great way to keep up with everything, and destress, too! Great idea!
Hi luv! I like the ding dong ditch idea…. must try that one this year.
These are very good ideas.
I like these ideas! I will store them up for when we have kids. While I am cherishing our first Christmas, those will be so fun too!
Hmmmm…..there never seems to be small tasks around here at christmas. We finally finished shipping our 150,000 poinsettias out to the market so maybe we can finally take a holiday breather 🙂
very good idea!
Those were some great ideas. I see a few I want to do this week. Thanks for the ideas and thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you liked it.
such great ideas…..
Great ideas! It would make it more realistic that we would actually get to all the things we wanted to do during the holidays!
What a fun idea! I will try this next year. I’m dealing with sick children this week, so nothing “christmas” like has been accomplished. I am beginning to wonder if we’ll have wrapped gifts or not! LOL!!
Cute ideas! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)Merry Christmas!
Ok those are some great ideas…I am gonna do the gingerbread chain next year. I love that idea. Merry CHRISTmas, cherry
Wow…and where were you, with these GREAT ideas when my kiddies were little and I was running around like a mad woman..he he.
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OH my goodness..I love this!!! What a fun tradition! I am keeping this for next year..so full of wonderful family ideas!