How did December become so crazy? I love Christmas. My mom is Christmas Jane. At least I refer to her as that. She is the best entertainer of Christmas I know. I attempt to take on Christmas with her pizzazz but usually feel overwhelmed by it. Even post vacation with a fairly clean house, thanks to my mom coming to visit, I’m overloaded just thinking of Miss E’s birthday, two small business open houses with one at our house and then the Christmas holiday.
Throw in a couple basketball games a week for our son and little things that pop up like this one last night, “Oh Mom, there is a band fundraiser on Friday night. It’s a bake sale” and I realize sleep will be less in the coming weeks. But I’m making a few changes to survive December with happiness and grace.
1. I’m a buying pizzas for Miss E’s birthday. No fancy birthday party or dinner. She’ll be 4 years old and just returned from Disney World. She won’t be getting a plethora of gifts but we’ll still celebrate her birthday with family fun.
2. I’m buying less Christmas presents. Our life is full of materials things. I want our kids to have Christmas memories full of joy and tradition but they really don’t need more toys and gadgets. I was reminded by my friend and fellow rural mom blogger, Debbie Lyons-Blythe this year that the three wise men only brought three gifts to Jesus. Her five kids never get more than three gifts each from she and her husband.
3. I’m simplifying menus. Yesterday I reached out Facebook and Twitter for easy holiday party recipes. I was greeted with the fabulous feedback of numerous fantastic recipes. I now have a handful of tested and well received recipes from social media friends. They are easy and popular treats that will be new for us and yet save me a lot of time from some of the past…”high maintenance” recipes I have made in past years.
In the coming weeks, I’ll share some gift ideas and the simplified holiday party recipes I am making. Here is The Best Christmas Party Punch Recipe I made last year and will use again this year. Today my mom shares decorating her Santa face cookies on her GriggsDakota blog.
I could use more ways to survive the holiday season with style, happiness and grace.
What are ways you simplify during the busyness of December? Or do you have an easy holiday party pleasing recipe I need to try?