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A Simpler, Less Hectic Christmas

Monday, November 16, 2015

I love my Christmas traditions, and I have to start before Thanksgiving to make it fun and workable.

Here are a few of my ideas:
1. Send Thanksgiving cards and gifts. Thank your friends and people at work for all that they do for you! They will appreciate it! Only a few people send cards of thanks. My cards always stand out.
2. Start cooking now! I have a few party meals in my freezer now. When it’s time to go to a pot luck, I don’t have to think twice about what to bring.
3. Buy a few small gifts when they are on sale! I shop throughout the year, and I have about half of my shopping done.
4. Make some simple Christmas ornaments! Make a point of brightening someone’s day with a Christmas ornament. Every year when they set up the tree, they will thin of you.
What is your plan for making the holidays less hectic?
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    When my Mom lived with us, we'd set up her little tree in her sitting room - well, *I* would - the day after Thanksgiving;and then the family Christmas tree we'd set up on my eldest daughter's birthday, the 8th of Dec. Now my eldest lives with me, and she's the one who does up the tree - with a little help from me and a LOT from the kids! But right now I'm getting together things to send to daughter in Ireland, and to fiance and family in Peru.
    1432 days ago
  • no profile photo JSEATTLE
    I start shopping early, like the day after Christmas. Over the years, we have simplified our traditions due to a decrease in numbers. I also give Thanksgiving cards because it is me favorite holiday.
    1433 days ago
  • GABY1948
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  • VEG954
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    1436 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a Happy Monday! Wishing you a Wonderful Week!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
    1436 days ago
    Good planning. emoticon
    1436 days ago
    Shop all year round, put up the tree early and have cd's playing carols every day.
    1436 days ago
    We try to shop year-round, too. Our big problem is that we squirrel gifts away and can't find them when they are needed. emoticon

    I like your other ideas!
    1436 days ago
    Great ideas. emoticon emoticon
    1436 days ago
    I try to shop before, but I never get done. I do have some gifts this time. I do cook some things ahead of time and freeze, makes it easier for sure.
    I really love your idea of the thank you cards. emoticon
    1436 days ago
    Generally I shop during the year, but this has just been one of those years when it hasn't happened. BUT have my ideas, wrote them down, and working on them now.
    1436 days ago
    I also shop for Christmas all year long. I take notes when I am having conversations with friends and family so that I can look to see what someone "really" wants! I also do the 4 gifts for Christmas (something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read). We're all adults now, so it makes it easier. I'm also not above re-gifting!! One of my nieces is getting a set of dishes that had been in my basement, and both nieces are getting vintage Pyrex from DH's basement!! And cookbooks!! lol I also knit, so this year most are getting something hand knitted by me. Food wise - casseroles, breakfast stratas, and crock pot meals are lifesavers!!
    1436 days ago
    Well planned!!!
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  • LIS193
    Great ideas!
    1436 days ago
    Great ideas. I shop all year long for gifts as well. When I see something and think of someone, Ill get it and save it. I started making candy this weekend. Also, started pulling things together to ship off to everyone. I start with piles and then grab boxes, put it all in and ship it. Organization is a great thing
    1436 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon Enjoy your holidays emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    We always host Thanksgiving so there's an ornament at each place-setting.. Thanksgiving is when the adults exchange names for Christmas and with 7 grandchildren ranging from 1 - 14, we've incorporated the new idea of giving them four gifts...

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    I have most of my Christmas shopping done and our meal will be very simple this year. emoticon
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  • JANET552
    Great ideas!! The holidays were on my mind as I walked this morning. I want to make things less hectic for myself and early planning will help.

    Lovely picture of you and your mom.
    1436 days ago
    Thanks for the great ideas!
    1436 days ago
    A few years back I typed in a Thanksgiving schedule (including recipes) and a Christmas schedule. Each year I print them out and start again. In the internet era, shopping is easier than ever. I want to enjoy the season, not agonize over it.
    1436 days ago
    Love the picture of you and your mom, Jackie! Great ideas for this busy season ahead, too! A number of years ago, we switched our focus. The grands are older: 9-27years old in this country, (two littler ones abroad in Sweden). Gathering as family with our scattered crew has to be in part on Skype and Facebook. With those closer by, we share in the family traditions of preparations of special foods, decorations and gifts together...or just do music - YAY. Since we became the oldest generation, we get to share stories, poems, songs, etc. as family gifts year round. Our concentration in November and December tries to include those without family. Our sharings are more in time than in things. Blessings for all of you as you share the reason for the season.
    1436 days ago
    Usually I do like you, shopping ahead, and have heavy cleaning done (Oven, guest rooms, washing floors) before Thanksgiving. And lots of freezer meals, and sides .
    But - I've been in & out of the hospital, and feeling weak & tired, so, this year I am doubly behind! Only gift bought & wrapped is for the dog! House is in total disarray! Husband has been stuck with cleaning since August, and his ideas mean twice as much work, for me to undo. (All the clean laundry, since August, dumped on the middle room bed!)
    So I am already panicking! So in the middle of recovering, I am attempting to clean the house! Still so weak, so it is slow going.
    Just told the kids we'll be going low key this year!

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    1436 days ago
    We cut back on exchanging gifts and give our shopping money to a needy family. I like having make ahead foods for 'pot luck' meals during the season. Wishing all a wonderful season of celebrating Christ's birth which is our greatest long-lasting gift.
    1436 days ago
    great ideas focusing on fun rater than just buying things
    1436 days ago
    I will pull back & decrease my xmas decorating...
    1436 days ago
    good ones, I also get gift cards from my recipients favorite stores..... they get what they want after Christmas when everything is on sale...... less hassle for me!
    1437 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAFSTER2015
    Great ideas! Our family simplified over the past several years, too. With two in college and a third on the way, we gave up the traditional Christmas gift exchange for a fun Christmas game. We focus on time spent together and everyone has a blast!
    1437 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    My shopping is always done by January of the following year.
    I have all of my Christmas cards made out and ready to mail on Thanksgiving weekend. I mail them out on December 1.
    Smaller Christmas tree due to no family here anymore.

    I work every day but Christmas Day, so I relax on that day.
    Made-ahead meals for me too!
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    1437 days ago
    Love these ideas .😍
    1437 days ago
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