We are finally on our official school break until the New Year- hurray! All of that work in the summer is paying off now as we spend our extra time preparing for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, we have taken some time this last month to really evaluating how and why we celebrate Christmas. After reading the book Hundred Dollar Holiday I have decided to spend a lot more time doing things with the kids and making presents for them instead of buying them. I talked to the older kids about their memories of past Christmases and they could not remember a single toy they received. What did they remember? The paper chain we made for the fireplace, the crafts we made for grandparents, the snowflakes we made for the back door, and the homemade candies and play dough they received in their stockings. Truthfully, I had to think really hard about what we did buy for them. So starting this year we are doing things differently. Most of what the kids are getting will be made here (check out my Pinterest board for some ideas of what I am making) and we are going to be having a lot of family bonding time while we truly enjoy the season. I really want us to savor this blessed Christmas season instead of just survive it! Here is a little bit of what we have been doing this week to prepare.
Christmas Books we read:
Christmas Music we listened to:
MercyMe- The Christmas Sessions (Joseph’s Lullaby is my all-time favorite Christmas song!)
Christmas Movies we watched:
Decorations we put up:
Cookies we baked (part of the “12 Days of Christmas treats” where we make a different type of cookie on each of the first 12 days of December):
In case you were wondering what the kids have been up to while they are on break from school (besides baking, crafting, and reading) here is a little taste.
Hope you are all having a great week too!