This morning I woke up to a light dusting of SNOW on my front lawn. I love the look of a fresh covering of snow glistening in the sunlight, like millions of diamonds.
Christmas is just over one month away!
I love Christmas so much!
Mulled apple cider, cookies warm out of the oven, classic holiday movies and white lights everywhere.
As you’re preparing for this holiday season, I have few tips to keep you sane and help you get ready. Don’t let Christmas sneak up on you this year!
1. Plan to Give: Instead of exchanging presents with my brother and sister-in-law, we buy something for someone in need. Through World Vision you can purchase items for children and families in developing nations. This kind of giving not only saves you a trip to the mall, but also helps someone who really needs it! Check it out here.
2. Send a Card: We just had family photos done and I ordered some custom Christmas cards from Photography by Jodi. Aren’t they pretty?
3. Start Baking: Why not get a head start and get some cookies in your freezer! They may not last til December but there’s no reason you can’t start celebrating today. Here is one of my favorite recipes: Imperial Cookies
4. Decorate: Go through old holiday decorations and throw out the ugly stuff and see if there are some things you need to replace. Better to figure out the whole string of lights doesn’t work now, then when you and your family are having a tree decorating party!
5. Save: If you start adjusting your budget to save a bit in November, the extra spending won’t hurt so much in December.
6. Book your Flights: If you’re like me and planning to spend the holidays with family in another province or state, book those flights now!! There are some good seat sales on these days and if you book now instead of in December, you won’t have to stress about it later.
7. Create New Traditions: Why not start a new holiday tradition this year? A gift of PJ’s for all the kids on Christmas Eve, or gift card stockings on Christmas morning. Something to make this year special and fun.
8. The Tree: Do some research and buy from a place that is giving the proceeds of the tree sales to a good cause. Last year we got our tree from YMCA and every other year from our church youth group.
9. Book a Massage: Just saying, you’re probably going to need it about mid-December when things start to get crazy.
10. Remember the Reason: Don’t forget what Christmas is all about, and spend some time preparing your heart to celebrate the birth of our Savior – Jesus Christ. This year a wrote an Advent devotional called “We Will Wait” to help you do just that. You can read more about and purchase it HERE.