The Official Holiday Grand Plan starts on August 31. In order to accommodate the Advent season I have started earlier, and I hope to have everything in order and ready for a calm and spiritual Advent season.
We had a fantastic trip last weekend and we have started schooling again. This is the third week for the Grand Plan, The Entry/Foyer week. Since my house is a little different than the Grand Plan I am also adding my laundry room to the list.
Week Two follow up: My time away gave me a chance to think about the Questions from last week. I made notes in my planner to help me keep our goals in mind. We want to be sure that this year we emphasise the spiritual and play down the material, focusing on “special times” not “special things”.
Week Three: Cleaning: The entry/foyer/laundry room is my focus this week.
Preparing for the Holidays: Check out the holiday prep items. This week I am making plans for the holiday baking. Each year I like to make six types of cookies and three candies. By deciding what we will make this week I can keep my eyes open for sales and stock up on the good stuff when it goes on sale. I also need to check my craft supplies to see if there is anything I have on hand that should be used so I am not buying what I own.
Planning: The lists continue to get fleshed out as I work on them.
Gifts: I am starting to think of specific gifts for the people on my lists.
Cards: I need to get patterns for the cross stitch cards and then start looking into cards for the rest of my list.
Parties: We will be doing our Christmas eve party. I am still thinking about how we want to do this.
Menus: I want to have some freezer meals made for when things get a little nutty near the holidays.
Decorating: Everything seems to be in good shape from last year. I haven’t checked the lights, but I will do that once they go on sale again.
Baking: I need the cookie and candy list finished.
Devotionals: We are considering a Jesse Tree this year. I want to have an Advent Calendar, an Advent Wreath and an Advent Chain. I would like to print out prayer books for the Advent Season.
Traditions: Are we going to need tickets for special events? When do they go on sale? which things do we definitely want to do? Still working on this. Zoo lights and maybe the Nutcracker with my mom.
Again I have to keep reminding myself that the goal isn’t to blow Chritmas bigger it is to make the planning easier. Hope everyone has a great week.