I'm not a New Year Resolution maker. All those years as a student, and now as a homeschool mom have forever enshrined September as the month of new beginnings. In fact, last year's goal still works for me ;D
But, inspired by Deborah, I'm thinking about some changes for next Christmas. Because I'm all over the idea of planning ahead to emphasize the good and beat back the crazy. So next year...
1. I want to have all my shopping/crafting done before Thanksgiving. Stop laughing! It could happen. In fact, it did happen. Once. Back in 1998, when I was expecting Tate (born in November). I had all my presents prepared before he was born. Of course, there were fewer of us, but... it could happen. It can happen.
2. Instead of Christmas cards, I'll send a Thanksgiving letter. Okay, yes I do realize that it's quite possible I'm just exporting the crazy to November, instead of December, but this is still workable. I think. (Right?) And wouldn't that be nice? A thankful letter / early Christmas card? I like this idea. :D
3. I am purging more of my decorations. Because we just have So. Much. Stuff. And I love decorating for Christmas, but it's all too much. And even if it's nice stuff, it can still be too much stuff. More branches and pine cones and candles, and less knick knacks.
4. New Advent Devotions. We may get one more year out of the ones we've been using, but the boys are out-growing them. Ideas? Feel free to suggest :D
5. More hospitality. We like having people over, to share the season with us. And it didn't work out much this year. Planning farther ahead would probably help. ;D
6. We will get the boys three gifts each. That's plenty. One writer explains it like this. The three gifts of Christmas were gold, frankincense, and myrrh, so each of those can be a symbol. The gold gift is something they really want - like Legos, or toy soldiers. The frankincense gift is something they need - clothing, or an electric razor. And the myrrh gift is something to nurture their spirit. That's harder and requires more thought and insight. Maybe a book, a magazine subscription, a CD. Something like that. Something that helps them grow in their character and/or faith. Something that reflects their unique personality.
7. Maybe, just maybe, we'll finally make a gingerbread house. This one, really, is up to Kerry. Being married to an architect and all, you'd think we'd have come up with some stellar gingerbread houses, but not so much. (In fact, not one yet.) If he's interested, great. If not... no worries.
So there. That's seven. That's plenty, right?
How about you? What are your favorite traditions? What will you change next year?