I like to have my Hanukkah shopping done before Thanksgiving. Why is it I'd always get frustrated with the Christmas ads & decorations dominating the stores that early? It seams like Thanksgiving gets skimmed over and people are concentrating on materialism & commercialism, forgetting to be Thankful for all they already have. While it still saddens me, I have come to realize there is a practical aspect too. If I can get my shopping over & have most of my homemade gifts made or started, I can better enjoy Thanksgiving and the activities afterward. Today I want to share a few things with you that may help.
Organizing for the holidays helps keep stress at a minimal. Holidays should be fun, not a source of frustration. Any other time of the year, most women love the idea of shopping, but this time of the year can be filled with a lot of pressure. Baking fun treats is always fun, but what a mess to clean up!
Looking for a cute and fun way to plan your holiday events, meals and shopping? This little printable planner pack has all that you need: November and December calendar, menu sheets and shopping lists, budget trackers and more! And best of all it’s FREE and there are some great holiday coupons inside! (This is a subscriber freebie at Paradise Praises. Katie's website is worth subscribing to. It's free and she has tons of wonderful ideas & encouragement throughout the year.)
Melk the Christmas Monkey is a fun alternative to the popular 'elf on a shelf'. Katie with Paradise Praises has created a way of Teaching God's Character through Bible Lessons and Christmas Activities the Entire Family Can Enjoy. Choose from 30 fun Bible lessons and activities that the entire family can enjoy during the Christmas Advent/season. The activities could also be easily adapted for a Sunday school class or Children’s Bible club. Over 100 pages including access to customizable letters to your children from their Christmas friend and many other free downloads and printables.
- Internet links for further study
- A recommended book list
- Inclusion ideas for other subject areas such as Math, Art, Science, etc.
- Activity sheets
- Notebook pages
- And more!
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