Inside: Five Secrets to Homeschooling During the Holidays.
My boys will be thrilled that I am reminding you that there are only 12 days until Christmas.
But there aren’t.
There are actually almost 24.75 days until Christmas.
But who’s counting?
I love the holidays! I love our Lord Jesus with all my heart and it simply makes my heart skip a beat that, at this time of year, I can celebrate His coming in creative and unique ways.
As a homeschooler, I have to confess that I have an incredibly difficult time focusing on traditional studies during the holidays. I’m simply too distracted by HIM to get too wrapped up in anything else! While we will “do school” we will absolutely spend too much time doing other things… And that is just the way it is:). While I will incorporate “school” ideas soon enough, I want to let you know that if you are like me, distracted by the blinking lights and nativities… It’s OK! Actually, it fantastic. …
Yes, I am one of those people.
I absolutely love the Christmas Season. But I hate the business, bustle, and hassle.
Christmas is the time of year when we get to focus fully on the birth of our Lord and Savior, and I always became frantic right after Thanksgiving while I was scurrying to get everything set for our family traditions.
A few years ago I was reflecting on a friend’s tradition of decorating before Thanksgiving. Like you, I thought she was crazy… so I asked her about it.
“I love Christmas and want to enjoy every minute of the season in a restful state. (Or as restful as is possible). I decorate before Thanksgiving so I can simply enjoy every single day.”
So a few years back I tried it. I did not even tell my husband my crazy plan. He left for work on the Monday before Thanksgiving and walked back in the door in the evening to a decorated home.
He loved it.
I was excited and he was able to simply enjoy the holidays without a longer list of things to do on the weekend. It saved him work and helped me get into the spirit earlier. So it became our tradition.
Ok, it is really my tradition. I love sprinkling “fairy dust” and transforming the house while he is at work. This would not work for us if my hubby loved the process of decorating, but he does not so it works for us.
I love taking the week of Thanksgiving to decorate for Jesus’ season. It sets my heart right.
So I am one of those people.
I put my tree up on Monday.
String the lights on the tree and set up my decorations, like my Christmas village by Tuesday.
String the lights on the outside of the house by Wednesday.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays from Thanksgiving week to the New Year.
It works for us!
How about you?