7 Weeks To A Simplified Christmas – Week 4

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It’s week 4 of 7 Weeks to a Simplified Christmas but it’s also Thanksgiving week for those of us in the U.S. So here’s the deal, we’re not going to focus too much on our action steps during the first part of the week unless you just happen to have the time to do it.

Instead, spend the next few days preparing for Thanksgiving, enjoying time with your family, and reflecting on your many blessings.

However, once Friday rolls around, if possible, it’s time to shift our focus back on preparing for Christmas. Being intentional about our Christmas preparations and following through with the action steps will help free us from the chaos that seems to accompany the Christmas season in the U.S. And that will create a more peaceful environment in which to focus on The Reason for our celebration.

So, did you get last week’s action steps done?

Here’s how I did.

The Food

I finally figured out our dessert last night. We’ll be having a Chocolate Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. I didn’t pick up anything specifically for Christmas baking or dinner. I will check out sales this week.

The Gifts

I made some real progress in this area last week. Once again I used Target Cartwheel to save on some gifts. I also did a bit of shopping online and made sure to go through Ebates to get cash back on my purchase.

The Decor

I started working on my wreath.

The Reason

I finally decided on an Advent devotional activity to do with the family. I have been wanting to spend some time focusing on the names of God so when I saw this Names of God Advent Countdown idea I knew that was the one for our family. I will tweak it to make it work for our older kids.

Now onto this week.

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

The Food

You probably don’t even want to think about the food while your focused on Thanksgiving this week. And that’s perfectly understandable. We’re not going to focus on the food much this week.

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

The Gifts

As I mentioned earlier, if you’re busy with Thanksgiving preparations, don’t focus on the action steps until after Thanksgiving Day. Let’s try to get the gifts taken care of over the next few weeks though. We don’t want to be fighting the crowds or stressing over unfinished projects the weekend before Christmas.

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.

Hopefully you have your cards that you plan to mail out by now. If not, this is the week to do it because we’re going to mail them out next week.

  • Check sales ads for savings opportunities.
  • Shop for gifts and/or make gifts as time and budget allow.
  • Purchase or order cards this week if you haven’t yet.
  • Begin addressing cards to be mailed out as time allows.

The Decor

If you haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet, don’t try to get it done before Thanksgiving. This is something that can wait until the weekend or next week. However, once you’re finished with your Thanksgiving celebrations, feel free to get started on decorating for Christmas.

  • Decorate as time allows and use it as a time to enjoy with your family.
  • If you are making any decor, try to finish the project this week.

The Reason

Advent begins this coming Sunday, December 1st. If you haven’t decided on an Advent activity or some other way to help your family focus on Christ this Christmas, do so this week. Let’s be sure our action steps are allowing times of peace and quiet reflection as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Spend some time thinking about how you and your family can serve others as a way of sharing Christ’s love for the world. You could buy gifts for a family or provide a meal for a family in need, mail cards to our soldiers serving overseas, spend an afternoon singing carols and visiting residents at a nursing home, bake some cookies and share them with your neighbors, etc.

  • Set aside time each day to get quiet with God.
  • If you have an Advent activity planned, prepare to begin this Sunday.
  • Think of ways you and your family can share Christ’s love with others.

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, Week 2, and Week 3.

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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.