I know I shared about this great website last year, but it is worth mentioning again! And, this week marks the beginning of the countdown to being organized for Christmas!
I am using the notebook that my sister made me last year and getting busy on week one! Traditionally, I make all of our Christmas cards and envelopes. But, knowing I have several other projects to finish before Christmas - I painfully decided to skip the cards this year. My compromise was to make the envelopes which will include a letter and family photo.
I always purchase the paper for the letters on the after-Christmas sale for $1 a package. I did not purchase labels last year (I guess, I could not find them if I did!) so, took plain white labels and stamped them. Very quick - but makes them look more festive! Tuesday, during nap time - I made the envelopes. Total spent for all supplies: $2
It feels so good to have this done! Yesterday, I went through and printed out a Master Gift List and the Holiday Values Worksheet which will be my assignment for the rest of the week. As I looked at the Values worksheet - I thought of more questions to ask myself: Which words would describe our ideal Christmas season? Memorable, worshipful, peaceful, meaningful, etc... How can I incorporate those things? How can I increase the spiritual focus of our time together as family? It is encouraging to think and pray through these ideas and thoughts.
Here is a complete list of things to consider completing this week. Note: I tried to buy the stamps and was told they will be available after October 28, so I will do that next week.