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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas – Week 3

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How did you do with the Week 2 To Do List? Hopefully all the items have been completed and you are now ready for Week 3!

Just a quick reminder before we get started: These Weekly To Do lists are directly from The 12-Week Holiday Planner. (affiliate link)  Those of you who have purchased The Holiday Planner will have all the forms that go along with the To Do Lists. If you have not purchased the planner, then you will need to make your own forms or buy your own copy!

This week we will be focusing on making your shopping lists and going shopping! I know this may seem like you are getting way ahead of the game, but believe me, you won’t be sorry! Getting this shopping down now will save you big time later on! Besides, next week is baking week, so you will want to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand to make baking week a success!

Note from Amy:  This week I focus on Thanksgiving and Decoration Day baking, as well as any Fall festivities we might be needing to bake for.  There are more Baking Weeks later on, so think about what you need for Fall baking.  What can you make ahead for Thanksgiving now?  Rolls?  Desserts?  Breakfast casseroles for overnight guests?  (For ideas & recipes, take a look at my Large Family Recipes section!)

Week 3: Supplies Week

[ ] Inventory the supplies you have on hand, then…

[ ] Shopping Lists for non-perishables! Turn to your Recipe Cards filed under the Holiday Menus and Holiday Baking sections and using the form provided make a list of non-perishables needed for holiday meals and baking. Make sure you have plenty of yeast and related items on hand.

[ ] Baking Shopping List! Next week will be a Baking Week, so if you plan on doing some holiday baking ahead of time that you can put in the freezer, include perishable items you will need for these recipes as well!

[ ] Gift making Shopping List! Turn to your Gift Making Checklist filed under the Christmas Gifts section and jot down the supplies needed for gift making.

[ ] Decorations Shopping List! Turn to your Decoration Ideas form filed under the Holiday Decorations section and jot down supplies you will need for decorating for the holidays.

[ ] Finalize Shopping List! Also jot down miscellaneous supplies such as film, batteries, gift wrapping, and Christmas cards as needed.

[ ] Shopping! Take your lists and GO SHOPPING!

Accountability:

Once you have completed this list, come back here and tell us about it! Let’s encourage each other to plug away at these “to do’s” now so that our holidays can be less stressful and more focused on Jesus!

Find all the Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas posts HERE!

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas – Week 2

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas:  Week 2 - Browse Week | RaisingArrows.netHow did you do with the Week 1 To Do List? Hopefully all the items have been completed and you are now ready for Week 2!

Just a quick reminder before we get started: These Weekly To Do lists are directly from The 12-Week Holiday Planner. (affiliate link)  Those of you who have purchased The Holiday Planner will have all the forms that go along with the To Do Lists. If you have not purchased the planner, then you will need to make your own forms or buy your own copy!

This week’s list is short, but it is very important! You will be making lists of gifts that you want to buy or make yourself, as well as jotting down some decorating ideas. You may be tempted to skip over these this week, but don’t!  Remember, baby steps each week will make for a much more peaceful Christmas later!

Week 2: Browse Week

[ ] Develop gift ideas! Turn to your Christmas Gift Shopping List and Gift Making Checklist that are filed under the Christmas Gifts section. Develop and record ideas for gifts that you want to buy and gifts that you want to make yourself. We have included a wealth of gift ideas for you to choose from to get you started (in the Holiday Planner). You can also find some great gift ideas in Sheri’s Homemade for the Holidays series on Sheri’s blog or check out her Gifts Kids Can Make Pinterest board or Amy’s post on Meaningful Christmas Gifts.

Note from Amy:  If you are feeling a little stumped this early in the season, use an extra Gift List to write down each name and a brainstorming list of their interests, passions, goals, etc to help you think in the direction of what they might like or need as a gift.

[ ] Brainstorm decoration ideas! Using the Decoration Ideas form provided, begin to jot down decoration ideas for each room of your home, along with supplies that you will need. File this form under the Holiday Decorations section when completed.

Note from Amy:  I really love the Decorating Ideas print out!  I print one for Fall Decor and one for Christmas Decor.  I am able to look back from year to year to see how I decorated in previous years.  I even include a note about where we put the Christmas tree.

Accountability:

Once you have completed this list, come back here and tell us about it! Let’s encourage each other to plug away at these “to do’s” now so that our holidays can be less stressful and more focused on Jesus!

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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas {Week 1}

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Welcome everyone!  Today, Sheri is going to walk us through Week 1 – List Week of the Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas series.  This week is critical to getting your holiday planning set in motion.  My absolute favorite part of this week is the Holiday Self-Evaluation.  I always sit down with the entire family and discuss what memories and traditions we have that they really want to continue, how we can do better this year from previous years, and any new things we might like to add.  Everyone always has a lot of input, and we often end up reminiscing over past Christmas seasons.

I do want to add a couple of quick notes about my own personal planner that might be helpful for you…

Every year, I print off a new set of Monthly Calendar Pages to place at the front of my planner.  I like to do this to give me an at-a-glance look at the next 3 months.  I’d also encourage you to purchase page protectors for your 12 Week Holiday Planner.  These will keep your pages looking neat, and you will avoid needing to reprint all the pages every year if you protect them from the get-go.  I keep my planner in a 2″ binder.  You might want to go even bigger to allow yourself room for extra print outs from other websites or ideas you’d like to try during the holiday season.

Now, here’s Sheri to guide us through this first week of planning!


I am so excited to encourage and inspire you to get busy now preparing for the holidays, so that you can have a peaceful Christmas!  Each week in this Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas series, you will receive Weekly To Do Lists that are directly from The 12-Week Holiday Planner.

12 Week Holiday PlannerThose of you who have purchased the Holiday Planner will have all the forms that go along with the To Do Lists.  If you have not purchased the planner, then you will need to make your own forms or buy your own copy!  (Remember, the coupon code to get the entire Holiday Combo Set for $12.95 expires October 10.)

Print out these weekly posts and work on completing the To-Do List. Most of the items do not take long to do, and by doing a little each week, you are well on your way to a much more peaceful Christmas!

Are you ready to begin?  Let’s go!

Week 1: List Week

[ ] Holiday Self-Evaluation! Complete the Holiday Self-Evaluation form provided. Now is the time to really evaluate what your family’s goals are for the holidays. Sit down together as a family and discuss what the Lord would want your family to do as far as activities, traditions, etc. this holiday season. Keep this form in a place where you will frequently see it and be reminded of your goals for the holiday season.

[ ] Make your lists of gift recipients - Using the Christmas Gift Shopping List and Gift Making Checklist provided, jot down people you will want to buy gifts for and/or make gifts for. Don’t worry about specific gift ideas now…you will work on that next week. For now, just jot down names!  Once completed, file this list in your Christmas Gifts Checklists section in the back.

[ ] Christmas Card List- Using the Christmas Card Checklist provided, fill in the names and addresses of family and friends you want to send cards to. Once the names and addresses are completed, slide into a sheet protector and file in the Christmas Card Checklists section in the back. (Use a washable marker to fill out the checklist, marking on the sheet protector if you want to include a picture and when the card is mailed, so that you can wash off and reuse this list year after year!)

[ ] Plan out menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s – Fill out the Menu forms and Recipe Cards provided for each of these holidays and file them in the Holiday Menus & Recipes section for later use! (See Our Favorite Holiday Recipes section for some ideas!)

[ ] List of baked goodies to share or to give away – Using the form provided, jot down a list of people you would like to bake for this holiday season! Use the Holiday Baking Recipe Cards to fill in recipes you may want to use for these gifts. File this under the Holiday Baking & Recipes section when your list is completed. (See Our Favorite Holiday Recipes section in the planner, check out Sheri’s Recipe Index or Amy’s Large Family Recipes or the Raising Arrows recipe section for ideas!)

[ ] List of favorite meals to freeze for later – Using the form provided, make a list of some of your family’s favorite meals that you can make and freeze ahead of time!  (Check out Sheri’s Freezer Cooking Pinterest Board for some ideas!)  You can also use the Freezer Meal Recipe Cards to fill in some recipes you want to use. Having some meals in the freezer during the busy holiday season will be such a blessing! Just make a list for now, the actual preparation of these meals will be done later. Once you have compiled a list of meals, file this form under the Holiday Menus & Recipes section. (See Our Favorite Holiday Recipes section for some ideas!)

[ ] Holiday Wardrobe Planner – Using the form provided, make a list of the holiday clothes each family member currently has. Note any clothing items that need to be purchased and plan on getting those things soon. It is very handy to have this thought through ahead of time. When it comes time for your family picture, or a formal holiday dinner, you can quickly turn to this list and see what clothing items each family member should wear (so you can all match if you wish!). Print out more than one page of this planner, if needed, to include every family member.

Accountability:

Once you have completed this list, come back here and tell us about it! Let’s encourage each other to plug away at these “to do’s” now so that our holidays can be less stressful and more focused on Jesus!

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On Monday, Sheri and I will be starting our 12 week walk through Sheri’s Holiday Planner to help you prepare for a peaceful Christmas season.  I have been using this planner for years, and asked Sheri to help me guide all of you through what has become a beloved part of our holiday season.

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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas {a 12 week series}

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas - 12 weeks to get your heart and home focused on Christ | hosted by RaisingArrows.net with SheriGraham.comKnowing Jesus should bring a peace to our lives that surpasses all else.  Celebrating His birth should be a beautiful time of sharing the Light of the world with others.

Yet, as the holidays approach many people fall apart, Christians included.  We get wrapped up in all the busyness of the season and forget to let Christ’s peace reign in our lives.  We worry about holiday meals, presents, relatives, and keeping sane through it all.

This year, I could easily get “too busy” and lose my peace and focus in the process.  Our family has some traveling to do, some decisions to make, and I’m due with baby #9 just days before Christmas.

Back in 2008, I purchased The 12-Week Holiday Planner. {affiliate link}  Our daughter, Emily, had passed away earlier that year, and I was due with baby #6 on Christmas Day.  Having that planner was such a blessing to our entire family.  Now it has become a tradition at the beginning of every October to get out the green binder that holds my 12-Week Holiday Planner and purposefully plan so I can stay focused on WHY we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, rather than muddying up the season with stress.

This year, I would like to invite you to join me in preparing for Christmas with the peace of Christ at the forefront of your planning as we journey through The 12-Week Holiday Planner together!

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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas - 12 weeks to get your heart and home focused | hosted by RaisingArrows.net along with SheriGraham.comThe 12 week series will begin on October 5 and will be hosted here on Raising Arrows, with Sheri Graham as the guest writer.  Sheri is a homeschool mom who loves to blog about homeschooling, homemaking, healthy eating, home business, and more. Her desire is to provide encouragement to the Christian family, touching on matters that are close to her heart. Sheri sells a variety of ebooks on homeschooling and homemaking, as well as publishing books in print and Kindle formats.

Let’s start preparing!

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Moore Family Films Discount Code - good through September (think Christmas presents!)With the cooler weather coming, I’ve begun to think about Fall!  For our family, Autumn causes us to focus toward the Holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas as well.  With Baby #9 due near Christmas, I am thinking ahead to gifts and buying them a bit early so I am prepared.

Even if you aren’t having a baby this Christmas, it might be a good idea to think toward gift buying now, and take advantage of the discount code the Moores are offering on their films through the month of September!

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