I think people that visited my site for Thanksgiving have been disappointed that I haven’t had a lot of tips for getting organized for Christmas. But the truth is I have my Holiday plan set up so that on Monday following the long Thanksgiving weekend I put my Christmas cards in the mail and I am done. The rest of the things that show up on my to-do list for the month are craft projects (some for gifts) and participating in local festivities. I do not have anything set in stone until it is time to start cooking again for Christmas meals.
For me the entire month of December is for relishing the moments. Being free to enjoy (or not) the festive opportunities that come up. The simplicity of the sentiments so well marketed but seldom actually practiced.
Whether we plan it well in advance to ensure that calmness or choose to throw our typical plans out the window, the important part is for each of us to figure out a way to find peace and focus on what is truly important to us at Christmas.
Take a minute to look at your own lists. How much of it are things that really need to be done versus items you have imposed upon yourself to meet an artificial standard? This year especially when everyone is cutting back, take a minute to reassess your priorities. Consider eliminating anything that does not meet the true spirit of the season. Take any guilt and blame it on the economy. You may be pleasantly surprised when those around you really do not mind or even notice.
Look and Enjoy this weeks links:
New (to me) Sites:
Jitterbug. Highlighting music that kids and parents will like. The front page says. “We hand pick the good stuff… you won’t find Barney here.”
Sharpie Blog. How fun is this! I am a freak for office supplies anyway and love my Sharpies. A few months ago I pointed you to a room that used about $10 worth of sharpies to fabulously decorate. This site is full of similar artistic tidbits, shots of Stars doing autographs with sharpies, a hand full of tips and easy crafts that would make great inexpensive gfts or nice additions to your home.
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt. A site all about the Great Depression to the New Deal. This section in particular glimpses into this era through letters to Eleanor Roosevelt from those affected. Not only is it interesting on its own, but it includes all kinds of educational suggestions plus lesson plans that many of you teachers and homeschooling moms could utilize.
Invisible Mother from Random Ramblings Of a Stay At Home Mom. This is a story EVERY Mom needs to read and pass on to other mothers.
Feeling Behind Before You Even Begin? Six Strategies to Make The Holidays Sane from The Inspired Room
Downshifting Christmas from Downshifting Path To Simplicity
Have a Debt Free Christmas from Remodeling This Life
Advent and Christmas Crafts and Activities For Children from Catholic Mom
66 Best Personal Excellence Tips from Litemind
Mental Radar from Punctuality Rules. What do you do to be able to focus more clearly?
Favorite Cookies 1941-2008 from Gourmet Magazine. Gourmet has been in print since 1941 and they have picked cookie recipes featured over the lifetime the mag to share! One recipe for each year in print!
Embroidered Hand Prints from Plum Pudding – A great gift for the Grandparents!
Cookie Dough Log Rolls from Make and Takes
Chocolate Salted Caramel for the Holidays from Small Notebook
Make Cinnamon and Applesauce Ornaments to Use All Year For Pennies! from A Storybook Life
Quilled Snowflake Ornament from Reese Dixon
For Kids and Educational Resources:
Activities for Children During the Holidays from The Violet Posy
Science of Cooking – Interesting cooking site that is really meant to point out that cooking is a form of everyday science and chemistry in action.
Five Films About Artists from Go Make Something
The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words from Copyblogger
Ensure kid-safe browsing with KidZui from Instructify
Techie and Computer Stuff:
The Anti-Procrastination Wallpaper from Daily Blog Tips.
Keep in Mind:
I came across each of these websites and stories either from Stumble Upon, RSS subscriptions, SITS, search engine pathways or from others on Plurk or Twitter. I am passing them on to you as I found them – in good faith. I can not guarantee the validity or accuracy in any manner. I enjoyed reading them and I hope you will, too.
Let me know if you did enjoy them in the comments. If there is an article or website you would like for me to see and maybe share next week, send me an e-mail using laurelplum [at] laurelplumonline [dot] com (the spelling out is to avoid spam). Have a great weekend!