More Christmas Less Stress

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Do you remember when you were a little kid and it was always a little sad when Christmas was over? Maybe you still do feel that way.

Yes, December 25th has come and gone this year. We are not too sad here, and it is not because we are tired of Christmas. Quite the opposite. It is because I found a way to make our Christmas joy last longer.
No, it is not because we gave up doing so much. I am actually going to show you how to do MORE and reduce your stress!
Yes, really.

It is completely possible.

A few years ago, the kids and I were bummed when Christmas was over, and I was especially disappointed that I didn’t seem to have the time to do some Christmas activities, crafts, and recipes that I had planned to do. I mean, there are SO many truly terrific ideas on Pinterest, right?

I began to think about the true meaning of Christmas. It is about honoring God’s gift of Jesus to us with trying to behave more like Jesus. Wow, that is a tall order to be like Jesus. I mean, he is JESUS, the son of God! To be THAT patient, THAT kind, that forgiving….I need a true miracle, or at least TONS of reminders.

This gift that God has given us deserves to be something we think about more often the December 25th and Easter Sunday. I wanted actively to honor it all year long.

Starting out
At first, I just extended Christmas activities by doing them each day through Epiphany on Janurary 6th. It was fun, and we still continue that tradition. Yet, it still wasn’t enough time, and I really wanted to keep Christmas in our hearts and minds more often.

The solution is simple, unique and has taken the pressure off of cramming in all of the wonderful Christmas activities in such a short amount of time.

What is this easy solution?

Do a little Christmas on the 25th day of each month!

On the 25th of each month, we reserve time to “do” a Christmas activity. We listen to Christmas carols on our iTunes playlist. The kids chose a Christmas book for bedtime story. Most months, we also do one of those Pinterest-inspired activities, too. We baked applesauce ornaments with grandparents in March. We made gingerbread houses in July.

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When my kids were really little, I would “surprise” them with an activity each month. Now, that they are a little older, they are helping plan what they want to do on the 25th of each month. Some months it is making ornaments, other months a fun Christmas game might be planned (Jingle Bell toss anyone?)

It has worked so well for us. We are reminded of that special Christmas feeling at least once a month. It helps us to be motivated to be more patient, more kind, more forgiving like Jesus. While we don’t aim for perfection, it is so nice to be reminded all throughout the year.

We also get to create memories together when we can fully focus and enjoy them, rather than trying to fit them all into our December.
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Use this FREE Planning Template to plan out to do the activities you didn’t finish this holiday season. Or choose some fun ideas from your own holiday Pinterest board (you know you have one)!

To use this template, you just write down one Christmas activity to do on the 25th of each month. It might be to learn all of the verses of Silent Night while doing a craft. It might be to might fake snow in August (silly, but fun!). You can even just a jump start on making and wrapping Christmas gifts in October. It is up to you to decide what you want to do on the 25th of each month to create memories and Christmas joy in your household.

I hope this post helps you breathe a sigh of relief that there IS still time to do Christmas that you didn’t fit into December. Maybe it will help you to keep focused on Christmas all year long while reducing your stress around the holidays! That is my prayer for you. <3

What do you think?

Would this work for your family? Please let me know in the comments!

BTW – I am planning events for next Christmas by using this past Christmas as a guide. More on that in a future post. 😉

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P.S. If you want to know some of my favorite Christmas books, please visit my Facebook page for some recent posts of the Christmas books the kids want to read again and again!

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