7 Weeks to a Simplified Christmas – Week 3

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Well, we’re heading into our third week of 7 Weeks to a Simplified Christmas. Hopefully we’re getting some things done now so we can focus on The Reason we’re celebrating Christmas. Did you get last week’s action steps done?

Here’s how I did last week.

The Food

The menu is planned with the exception of the dessert. I need to brain storm with the family and see what we can come up with since I seem to be rather uninspired in the dessert area this year. I picked up some extra butter at the store for Christmas baking since it was on sale this past week.

The Gifts

I wrote down ideas for almost everyone on my list. I need to ask for some ideas for a few people.  I bought a few more gifts and used a 40% off coupon at Jo-Ann Fabric and Target Cartwheel to help the budget out. I ordered my Christmas cards this morning.

The Decor

I bought the ribbon and accents I needed to make a new wreath but haven’t started on it yet. No decorating yet.

The Reason

I am spending my quiet time with God and trying to keep my focus during this season on Christ. No decision yet on an Advent devotional.

Now, onto this week.

Be sure to add any new activities you are planning to attend to your calendar.

The Food

We’re not going to focus too much on food for the next couple of weeks. If you haven’t finished  your menu plan yet, try to get that finished this week.

  • Finalize menu if needed.
  • Update list of items needed.
  • Pick up a couple of the needed items when grocery shopping this week. Be sure to check for sales and coupons on those items.

The Gifts

Let’s continue to focus on taking care of the gifts. By taking care of as much as possible of this now, we’ll be able to stay out of the stores more in December. This will mean less stress for us and more time to focus on The Reason we’re celebrating.

Continue to check sales ads and websites for coupons and deals on items you plan to purchase. If shopping online, be sure to go through Ebates (referral link) or a similar website to get cash back on your purchase.

If you haven’t ordered or purchased Christmas cards yet, let’s take care of that this week if possible. The goal is to get these out the first week of December so we want to get these as soon as possible.

  • Finish list of ideas for gift recipients.
  • Check sales ads for savings opportunities.
  • Shop for gifts and/or make gifts as time and budget allow.
  • Purchase or order cards this week.

The Decor

We won’t focus much on the decor until after Thanksgiving. However, if you are an early decorator go ahead and start when you’re ready. Just remember, you don’t have to do it all at once. Enjoy the process and make it an opportunity to make memories with your family.

  • If you’re an early decorator, decorate as time allows. Use it as an opportunity to make memories with your family.
  • If you are making new decor, this would be a good week to get that project done.

The Reason

I hope that by continuing to work through these action steps it will be easier to keep our focus on Christ during this season.

Remember….

Let Jesus be the filter for every decision you make about how you want to celebrate Christmas.

Let’s be steadfast in spending our quiet time with God each day.

I wanted to share a few ideas for Advent this week

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Truth In The Tinsel by Amanda White is a great way to share Jesus with your kids during Advent.

Bible Verse Advent Cards from Happy Home Fairy. You can simply print these and add them to your Advent calendar if you have one already.

The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas by Dean Lambert Smith. This is the devotion I am considering using this year. It was recommended by some ladies at church and looks like something we would enjoy as a family.

If you are still searching for an Advent activity or devotional for your family, maybe one of those ideas will work for you.

I know each week I remind you to add any new activities to the calendar that you plan to attend but please remember that you don’t have to do it all. You can say no to some of the things. If you over schedule your days, even for fun and meaningful activities, this Christmas won’t really be simplified after all.

Let’s be sure to allow our action steps to create times of peace and quiet reflection as we draw nearer to celebrating Christmas.

  • Set aside time each day to get quiet with God.
  • Decide on an Advent devotional or activity to do with your family.
  • Don’t fill your calendar with activities.

Check back next Tuesday and let me know what all you accomplished this week. I’ll have new action steps for us to take to help us have a simplified Christmas.

Before you go, be sure to let me know what you accomplished this past week. What do you find most challenging as you prepare?

Just joining us? Check out Week 1 and Week 2.

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Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.