We're in the home stretch! It's Celebrate! Week at the Christmas Countdown, a time to tidy up our preparations and shift gears into full holiday mode.
This week, we'll complete and mail Christmas cards, finalize gift-buying and gift-making, and plan any holiday parties.
We'll finish holiday decorating, inside and out. We'll focus on family, bringing all family members into the holiday preparations. We'll consider the children, and find ways to teach children about giving, not just about getting.
Most of all, we'll rejoice. While the holiday season means many things to many families, for all, it's a season of joy and celebration.
You're nearly ready ... to celebrate an organized Christmas!
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Shorter days mean darker evenings; time for a lighting check! Circle the house to replace any burned-out light bulbs. Do dark hallways need a nightlight for safety? Prepare a cozy home for Winter.
The liturgical season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 29. Will your family observe this time of preparation? Time to plan Advent observances!
For many families, the holidays present a challenge of values. How do you focus on the season's meaning when the celebration provides so many distractions?
Too often, the excitement seems to boil down to a round of gifts and goodies, with little thought to the deeper values underlying the fun.
One way to keep the reason in the season: Advent observances. Whether it's a customs like an Advent wreath, daily Scripture readings, or attendance at worship, plan Advent activities now. Entered in your calendar, they'll help your family keep the focus while enjoying the celebration.