Notes for Next Year

Mary had a great idea, so I’m joining in.  These are my notes to myself about what to do or not to do next year for Advent/Christmas

  • Don’t worry about getting decorations up on the first day of Advent.  You just make a big mess late at night.
  • Do continue putting up the tree on the 2nd week with only the lights on (and the star if Henry asks again).
  • Do continue doing the bookmarks on the fireplace.  That was a big hit.
  • Do try to bring in some fresh greens for the Advent wreath and on the mantel.  Yes, the cats will try to eat them, but you’re over plastic.
  • Do bring out the play nativity set and let Henry play with it all season.
  • Don’t worry if he’s not a theological master by Christmas Day.  It’s great that he understands that’s Baby Jesus’ Birthday, that he believes Santa brings him A present because of it and that Saint Nicholas only brings snacks.
  • Do continue doing St. Nicholas Day, but remember it comes up quickly on the calendar.
  • Do try and take the week off – it was magical.
  • Don’t make a big meal on Christmas Day – it’s not worth the stress.
  • Do continue to make double or triple batches of the shortbread cookies and eggs.
  • Do wait to put Christmas ornaments up until the night before.
  • Do continue to have “Santa” set up the nativity set by the stockings.
  • Do continue the 3 Gift Rule and do your shopping early and online whenever possible.
  • Do continue making the food gift tins – they were a big hit!
  • Don’t worry about trying out everyone else’s traditions – continue to let yours develop naturally.
  • Do make orange birdfeeders on New Years Day again – everyone loved that.
  • Do the kid’s Christmas Card exchange next year – it was a lot of work, but everyone seemed to love it.  In fact, send Christmas cards from Henry to more kids next year.
  • Do try again to go to the Messiah Concert, the Festival of Carols and your Christmas Concert – but don’t fret when the weather gets in the way each time.
  • Do keep more blanks on the calendar during Advent than activities – it was so nice this year.
  • Do make an Advent Calendar listing those activities again – it was good to have it all down and ideas ready to go.
  • Do try to travel to see relatives next year – maybe getting to see the Nutcracker with H. for the first time.
  • Do order that Beeswax Candle set next year!
  • Do think about doing the Wise Men traveling for Christmastide thru Epiphany; Henry will probably understand next year.
  • Do hold back decorations until after Christmas and decorate the windows and doors again in the following days like this year.
  • Do find an Advent Calendar for H. next year.
  • Do play Christmas carols on the piano you swear you’ll have by next year!
  • Do keep on giving more and more during the season – it brought you so much happiness this year!
  • Do keep the blogging to a minimum and use Leechblocker as much as possible during the holidays – you waste a lot of daylight on that darn computer!
  • Do watch those Veggie Tales movies again – he got a lot out of them.

I think that’s it so far.  This year was one of our nicest holidays to date – we did a good deal, but it was un-rushed and focused on being home together.

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  1. It sounds and looked like you had a lovely season. I need to make a mental note to start advent planning in about July so come the end of November I am not rushing about. I hope you are enjoying these last few days of Christmas.

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  2. Oh, fun! I'm glad you did it, too! “Don't worry about trying out everyone else's traditions – continue to let yours develop naturally.” LOVE this one. I love getting ideas and sharing them but it's freeing and empowering when you can let them go without fretting that I MUST do that! I'm toying with the idea of waiting for ornaments next year. I suppose I should consult the husband on that but I really like the idea!

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  3. The ornament idea was one of those “natural” developments! Last year we just never got around to putting them up until it was suddenly Christmas Eve – afterwards it was a moment of “that was actually a nice way to do things”. So this year we did it intentionally before we got bundled up for church and it worked out really well. My almost 3 year old really liked that we accidentally left a bucket of ornaments out and he slowly added ornaments to the tree for about 4-5 days and thought it was great!

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