November 1, 2015:
Since I started homeschooling this year it has really put a damper on me being ready for Christmas. I am always the one in the group who is 99% finished with everything by the time November rolls around. Well this year has been totally different. I no longer have the free time to run to the store without the kids and pick things up. I have to wait until after the kids are in bed to order online and then I have to be quick to hide it when it arrives. Sometimes my kids can be so nosy. Thankfully they have gotten old enough to keep secrets so that I can shop for one of them with the other around. I can already see that this month is going to be a trying and hectic one. That being said I have decided that this months challenge is going to be to have all my Christmas decorations put up and 3/4 of my presents bought and under the tree by the end of the month! It sounds crazy to me! In fact, as the old saying goes, I may have biting off more than I can chew! I guess there is only one way to find out. Lets get this challenge started.
Sunday November 22, 2015: I am almost all the way through this month and fortunately I have gotten a few things done. I was able to get my tree set up today, but no ornaments or other decorations done. I have almost completed shopping for my girls, but have nothing for my husband. Next week is Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. I have my list all made and am ready to maybe get all of it taking care of.
November has come and gone and my challenge was not a success, well I guess it was a partial success. Here is my breakdown of things I actually got accomplished.
1. I did manage to get the inside decorations completely done.
2. I was able to get about 3/4 of my list taking care of (some of them have to wait until December, they are baked goods).
3. I was also able to order part of our Christmas cards and am ready to start sending them out.
4. Almost everything I have bought is wrapped and under the tree (minus the gifts still being shipped and the fact I have ran out of gift bags.)
5. I did get the mailbox decorations and the outdoor star lights on the trellis all put up.
All in all I guess I did pretty good for the month. I still have a few gifts to buy, wrap and bake. I still have a small amount of outside decorating to do (it has been raining here for two days and I have had two sick kiddos to look after). In honesty I have really not been looking forward to Christmas this year. I guess it could be the feeling of being stressed out by all there is to do or the fact that I just feel the loss of my loved ones not with us so keenly this time of year. Maybe it is a combination of both, I don't know. I just know I feel the struggle this year of being in the spirit. I try to remind myself each day what Christmas is all about. Really all that matters is that we remember to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus our Lord.
In the gospel of Luke we can read of what Christmas really is about.
"That's my 'two-cents worth', what's yours?"