Gingerbread Man Chain –
Just say “NO!” to the rush, crazy and hectic pace that often December represents.
This is the most wonderful time of the year and yet we allow our TO DO list get in the way of our “Let’s Just Be” desire.
The Gingerbread Man Chain is a wonderful way to organize your holiday To-Do list so you can actually enjoy the festivities and all the meaningful moments that truly reflect the Christmas spirit.
Let’s the kids cut out and make a simple paper chain with 24 gingerbread men, then 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 then write one on the back of each gingerbread man (decorate inside the house, make homemade cookies, donate toys to the goodwill, go Christmas caroling, wrap presents, mail the out-of town gifts, sleep under the Christmas tree, watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” 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.
You didn’t read this post until mid December?
No worries, break your tasks and traditions down to cover the last few weeks. This will encourage you to get all your most meaningful things done with out any regrets. 🙂
Check out my full list of ideas: More Christmas traditions added daily.
Originally published in December of 2009.