However, with everything that happens in these brief few weeks (such as shopping for gifts, wrapping those gifts, planning and going to parties, planning and serving Christmas dinner, hosting family in from out of town), it's really easy to lose perspective of the season. This particular post is really a compilation of multiple thoughts but what it boils down to is how to organize your Christmas calendar with events, activities and have everything nailed down, so us mama's don't stress (as much!).
I know this sounds like a lot, but for me and my family, it helps keep the stress at bay since everyone is in the know, for the most part, about what is going on.
I also love my Advent Christmas tree! Each day has it's own ornament to hang on it, but I will be using these Christmas Countdown Scriptures (from kikicomin.com) and putting with the ornament, so that each day we hang the ornament and read the scripture that tells us the story of Christ's birth.
Some of the events that we look forward to each year:
· Texas Christkindl Market – Arlington, TX
· North Pole Express @ Grapevine Vintage Railroad – Grapevine, TX
· The Trains @ North Park – Dallas, TX
· Parade of Lights Christmas Parade – Grapevine, TX
· Prairie Lights @ Joe Pool Lake – Grand Prairie, TX
· Outdoor Ice Skating @ Panther Island Ice – Dallas, TX
Charitable organizations that we like to help at:
· North Texas Food Bank
· Angel Tree in our hometown, benefitting children in our community
· Stewpot in downtown Dallas, serving meals to the homeless community
· Salvation Army
· Wounded Warriors
Things to do during winter months, when the kids are getting antsy from being inside all the time:
· Going Bonkers
· Indoor trampoline parks
· Special exhibits at museums
What are some of the ways that you find to manage your holiday calendar? What else do you do to keep your kids active during the cold, winter months? I would love to hear from you!
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