This time of year can be stressful for many parents – there’s so much to do to get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas and let’s face it…Moms do MOST of all the hard work and logistics getting ready for the Holidays, am I right?!
I’ve begun searching for that perfect Christmas card to send to family (yes, we still mail Christmas cards the old fashion way…pretty much all our family is out-of-town and a lot are not as active online!) and I’m waiting for the right one to jump out at me and thankfully we already have great family snaps, thanks to Lindsay from Smith Digital Photography! Yippeee!
I’m also re-thinking our Christmas tree decorations this year, I really want some more thought put into it this year so I’ve been pinning a few things I like on our Pinterest page which has been fun to start planning…needless to say I haven’t decided what to do yet! Julian is big into the efficiency of a fake tree and I have far too many memories of going out and buying that special tree every year with my family as a kid so we decided last year that we would switch and every other year we’d both get what we want – it’s a great compromise! Are you a real or fake tree family??
I’ve started getting together a few crafts for Luke for Thanksgiving and of course this time of year also means that I’m planning his 3RD birthday party…YIKES! Seriously, where has the time gone? His birthday is at the beginning of December so we’ve decided that his birthday will be a couple of fun new toys and Christmas will be 1 big Santa gift and a few other things he “needs” from Mom and Dad (i.e. new PJ’s, snow boots, etc.).
The other thing I’m BIG on doing this time of year is giving back. In fact, Jennie has had this great idea for a while about devoting an entire page of our website for people to post benefits or charities they are involved with. We’re hoping to get that up this week so people can go to one spot to look for ways they can also give back and choose something that speaks to them personally. Last year, I saw on the news an elderly man who didn’t have anyone to spend the holidays with and I realized there must be so many other elderly folks on their own for Christmas. So we headed to one of our local stores to “adopt” a senior citizen and get them a Christmas present from their “wish list”. I had Luke help me with it, including picking the present, wrapping it and giving it back to the store for Santa Delivery!
This year, I’ve come across the Angel Giving Tree online, presented by JCPenny and I’ve created a group page in the hopes to get 20 angels adopted! Anyone can adopt an angel and you can choose the age group, location, etc. for your angel. JCPenny is also offering free shipping so you can easily shop and send your angel their Christmas presents with the click of a button! There are so many great programs out there – what is your favorite? We also like Toys for Tots and we asked everyone to donate a toy for Luke’s birthday last year for Toys for Tots instead of littering our house with more unnecessary toys! (I also feel like it teaches Luke to be grateful for what he has…but the jury is still out on that one! ha!) If you’re looking for a way to give back this year, I hope you’ll join us in the Salvation Army Giving Tree challenge and help us meet our goal this Holiday season!
What is on your list to get ready for the holiday season and what are you favorite family traditions this time of year?