Saturday, October 31, 2009

Making Christmas Meaningful

Making Christmas MeaningfulThis post contains all the links from our 2009 Making Christmas Meaningful series on Spell Outloud.

I have always said that I won't think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I like to handle one holiday at a time. Well guess what, I'm talking and thinking about Christmas and it is only November 1st! December is a very busy month for our family. We have multiple birthdays plus many Christmas activities. For the past couple of years the month of December hasn't been much fun for me. I find that I'm always trying to plan something at the last moment to try to make the season special or wishing I would have done this or that. I tend to be a little frazzled and you know what, that's not the memory I want my kids to have of me when they think of Christmas. This year I thought I'd go about it differently. I want to have my December game-plan before December hits. I want to create some intentional, meaningful memories this Christmas Season. I want to pass on to my children what I believe the true meaning of Christmas is---celebrating the Savior's birth. I want to help combat the "gimmees" and "I wants" by instilling the desire to serve others and giving them opportunities to do so.

Making Christmas Meaningful Schedule:
Organization - contains free Family Traditions Notebook Printables
Books/Music - contains free planner page
Nov. 29 Gifts/Acts of Service
Other Christmas-Related Posts:
Nativity Sets
Christmas Photo Cards
Craft & Cookie Party
Christmas Movies
Printable Gift Tags
Homemade Sugar Scrubs
Imagine Christmas -- Free Nativity Cards
Birthday Party for Jesus
Trinity Snowman Celebration

Here are some ideas for each week:

How do you plan your holiday? Do you plan your holiday? Any tips, tricks, helpful hints to make the holiday season go smoothly?

Books and Music:
Do you have any special books or music that have become a part of your Christmas tradition? How do you use them to make the season meaningful? Do you do any special Christmas units?

Any crafts that help teach about the Savior's birth?

Good memories are often made around food. What are some of your best holiday recipes?

Gifts/Acts of Service:
Any creative gift ideas? How do you combat all the commercialism? How do you share the meaning of Christmas with others?

Feel free to add the button to your blog and join me in brainstorming and sharing ways to focus on the Savior during this Christmas season.

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Blogger ParkerMama said...

We just found out that Parker will be having a surgery and a bunch of testing the beginning of December. Which with our luck will spill over into the rest of December.

So I'm also right smack dab in the middle of trying to get Christmas organized and working to making it meaningful.

November 2, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Confessions of a Homeschooler said...

Hi, this is great! We're going to try and do some of the activities out of The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel! She hass 25 days of crafts/activities that tie everything back to Jesus, super fun traditions to start! Thanks for sharing!

November 3, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca@RootsAndWingsCo said...

We are doing a very similar thing on our blog right now. A few years ago I had decided to enjoy the Holidays more. The best way to do this was to decide what my priorities were for the holidays, and to let the rest go! For me, it is about spending time with my children. It is about creating memories with them, and not just for them! Good luck with your effort to make Christmas more Meaningful!

Rebecca of the R&W Gals

November 10, 2009 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I love your blog. Someone suggested that I link my Christmas idea from my blog to yours, but I couldn't figure out how to do that. Here is the site:

November 14, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger GranolaMom4God said...

I blogged about you!

December 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

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