There are just a few weeks left till Christmas!!
The store displays are going up (they went up in August!!) and soon you’ll be hearing the cheery sounds of Christmas music. The parade times are being announced, and everyone is planning for the concerts, plays and pageants.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel the least bit prepared. Frankly, the time left doesn’t seem long enough to get everything done that I want to do this year! It’s a bit scary. How do I fit in the shopping, decorating, baking, and preparations in between the parades, concerts, Christmas Tree trip (big deal here!) and church.. along with everything else that has to happen too?
Help is here.
Luckily, I have friends that are helping. I found a round up of posts with hacks, hints, tips and tricks for making the most of the holiday season, and getting through it without letting it get to you.
Amanda from Hide The Cookie Jar:
Her post Christmas Prep in September gives you a calendar of preparations from September to December. Even though it’s already November, there’s a lot I can learn here. My favorite hint? Make ahead and freeze your cookie dough. Then when you have a free hour, you can pull out and bake those yummy Christmas cookies!
Sina from Living by the Margin:
This lovely lady shares some amazing holiday hacks in her post Easy Holiday Hacks You Need to Know to Simplify your Holidays Now. That tip on getting family pictures done? Gold. And it never occurred to me that baking ahead could include pie dough too. Definitely check this out.
Amy from HSP Mom:
Homeschooling during the holidays can add an extra challenge to an already busy time of year. Amy’s post on Surviving the Holidays helps navigate that issue. I think I want to check out her read-aloud recommendations. And you know? You could do a year’s worth of art and music in December, like Amy suggests. What a way to homeschool!
Michelle from Mid Life Blogger:
Here’s another take on homeschooling during the holidays. Michelle is a former homeschooling mom of 2 (her kids are graduated now), and she has a lot of wisdom to share. Her top advice? Well.. read How to Have Happy Homeschool Holidays to find out!
Heidi from Pool Noodles and Pixie Dust:
Heidi is a homeschooling mom of 2. Her post Thank Your Way through the ABCs reminds us that, with Thanksgiving around the corner, there’s lots to be thankful for. Check out those cute activities (complete with free printables!!) to do with your kids. Or at least to keep them busy while you’re busy with the 101 things to do for Thanksgiving. Just don’t forget to be thankful for activities!
Arlin from That Mommy Life:
Speaking of free printables, here’s another post with some awesome ones. Arlin is a mom of 3, and she made these great Christmas themed printables. Just the thing to help get you and your kids into the spirit of the holidays, and maybe help keep them busy when you need to finish up another project.
Christina from Embracing Simple Blog:
Is one of those projects a holiday party? Then this post is for you! Christina wrote all these Tips for Saving Money When Hosting a Party. And it’s just in time for the party season. While not Christmas themed, you gotta see her cute little centerpieces!! So adorable!
Brandi from Chicken Scratch Diaries:
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to overspend at Christmas. Despite me shopping all year round, there just seems to be so many extra expenses at Christmas. Brandi has just the ticket. Her Foolproof Plan to Stay Organized and On Budget this Christmas has the tools you need.
Marianna from Find Your Mom Tribe:
And one more post to help you make this the best Christmas ever: Marianna’s challenge Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. After all, Christmas is about giving. And this is a way to help your kids celebrate giving at Christmas too.
Christmas is Coming!
This year seems to have flown by. And Christmas is coming quickly! What are you doing to make this Christmas the best ever? I hope these posts from my friends around the internet will help you make the most of your holiday season.
Want more holiday tips? 10 Holiday Hacks to Make your Season Less Stressful