When it comes to the holidays, it’s easy for us (especially women) to welcome added stress, freak-outs, et c. It’s as if it knocked on our door and we let it stride right on in, making itself at home. We accept “overwhelmed” as our new normal. Why? Well, because it’s the holidays, of course!
Christmas has started before Thanksgiving is even over, and then BOOM!—this year has gone away and a new one has begun. However, we should never allow ourselves to –almost gladly– accept the status of being overwhelmed. This, my fellow wives/mothers/aunts/sisters, is not Godly.
Christmas is not about stress. Christmas is not about buying the most expensive gifts. Christmas is not about having the best-wrapped presents. Christmas is not about being Room Mom and making sure the class party is perfect. Christmas is not about hosting the most fabulous parties. Christmas is not about dragging the kids to the mall to get their picture made with Santa.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”- Isaiah 9:6
Prince of Peace! Christmas is all about God sending peace to this world. And what was it the angels were singing to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth?
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”- Luke 2:14
You haven’t sent your Christmas cards out yet and Christmas is tomorrow? You forgot to get a gift for your child’s teacher? You meant to make Christmas cookies to take to the nursing home? Just breathe. This year make the following pledge and stick to it:
Now, how does the old song go?
Christmas time is coming, the goose is getting fat!
Time to download your Free Christmas Holiday Season Planning Printable Pack!
You don’t have to have a penny, it’s free for you!
You don’t have to have a hay penny, God bless you!
Okay, I may have gotten the words wrong on that one, but I’m silly and couldn’t resist.
I want to be honest with you and tell you that this printable pack is far from my best work. I drew it up in a hurry and it shows. In a perfect world, I would have started this in early October when I originally thought of it, poured my blood, sweat, and tears into it, and had it finished weeks ago so you could download it earlier. Such was not the case. But since I make myself printable lists every year for my own record, I thought I would throw something together that was pretty and share it with you all.
This Free Christmas Holiday Season Planning Printable Pack has many blank lists, 2 month at a glance calendars for November & December, a budget list, and even includes 2 little sheets for planning New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day and more. Consisting of 25 pages, the Free Christmas Holiday Season Planning Printable Pack is decorated with vintage public domain images and is rather colorful. Just right to put you in the Thanksgiving and Christmas planning spirit!
If you notice any mistakes or would like me to add a page, just let me know! Hopefully next year I’ll have something more fun to give to you all. Not that this isn’t fun, but my aim is always to improve and never settle. 😉
This is just our humble little gift to you, from all of us here at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven. God bless, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all!
You can download the Free Christmas Holiday Season Planning Printable Pack by clicking here. Please, do not share this link or your download with others, but send them to this post to download a pack of their own instead. Thank you!
First, let me start by saying that I am no where near as festive as my sister, Karen. I’m pretty sure Christmas got the stomach virus and threw up all over her house. However, I do enjoy the Christmas season, especially family time. I’m slowly but surely learning to focus LESS on the stress of the holiday and MORE on the purpose of the season, which is to remember the birth of our perfect Savior, Jesus Christ.
I’m enjoying finding new ways to teach my girls the joy of Christ in Christmas. I have spent some time today organizing a list of things associated with Christmas to share with them, such as the story of the candy cane and why stars are used as tree toppers. I’m excited to show them the true meaning of the Christmas celebration. I don’t want them to grow up knowing nothing but the hype of Santa Claus, Rudolph and presents. Please take note, I am not putting you down if you and your family celebrate these things! I’m not saying it is wrong. I’m simply stating that there is so much more in the meaning and I want my girls to see that.
Last year, my daughters (now 4 and 2) and I sat and listened as my husband read us the Christmas story from Matthew 2 on Christmas morning. That was the start of a tradition that we will continue as they grow older. We also started the tradition of making a birthday cake for Jesus. We did this on Christmas Eve when we all gather at my sister’s to celebrate with my side of the family. We lit a candle on the cake and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus before we ate it.
A couple of years ago, my pastor/father-in-law suggested we take communion with our family on Christmas Eve that year. I enjoyed it, especially when my niece gagged as she tried to swallow her mom’s homemade unleavened bread, and her brother looked at the cup of grape juice and said in his most disgusted voice, “Is that real blood??”—all in the middle of communion. I couldn’t help but laugh, because I know God has a sense of humor.
The same year, my father-in-law surprised us. He had looked up the meaning to all of our names and read it to us, then prayed over each of us. It was really unique and special. We all shared a giggle as he announced the meaning of my husband’s name, “Markus- the Roman god of fertility.” I thought it was perfect. I would love to have a quiver full of arrows (Psalm 127:4-5). He found it ironic, since he’s fine with just our 2.
The final tradition isn’t anything special, but we always allow an early “gift” on Christmas Eve. That “gift” is a new pair of pajamas to be worn that night. The girls always look adorable, but they love to see what silly things Mom and Dad have to wear (this varies from Cookie Monster pj pants to Mr. Potato Head).
Whatever your do, however you choose to celebrate CHRISTmas, remember the true importance of it. JESUS. Don’t stress. Instead, breathe, relax, and enjoy the season. And don’t forget to share your family’s traditions with us!
Tis the season for sharing…. our traditions that is! While Angie shared about their “Jesus” stockings, I’m going to share with you the tradition for my family.
Every year for CHRISTmas, I buy new CHRISTmas pajamas for the whole family. We wear them on CHRISTmas Eve and take pictures of everyone in them. I have just as much fun finding them and picking out just the right one for each of my children. Plus, it give me an excuse to buy an new one for myself! lol
My mother started the tradition when I was younger and I hope to pass this along to my children.
As you decorate the Christmas tree
With ornaments of love
Memories your children made
Ceramic ginger breads hang above
Does it ever cross your mind
What your tree really means
Can you close your eyes
And imagine Jesus on the scene
A king born to deliver
The world from all of it’s sin
A gift no other man
Would ever give again
Born not only to die again
But for you and me to live
You could shop forever
And not find a better gift to give
We get a little crazy
Around this time of year
The meaning of this day
Just seems to disappear
If we take time to remember
Why we decorate the tree
Then Christmas Day would be
The greatest gift for you and me
I started this tradition with my oldest child’s first Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we fill our stocking for Jesus with hearts (small felt pillows) personalized for each family member: Symbolizing the renewal of our giving our lives to Him! A great family tradition that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. The idea came to me while in a Christian store where they had stockings for Jesus with cards to fill out… I felt this was simpler, reusable, and more symbolic for younger children.
Feel free to make your own or buy stockings and/or premade hearts in our boutique.
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Kyndra, a reader of Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven, submitted this tradtion:
I came acrossed this lovely Christmas tradition, its great because it involves Jesus!
Here is how it works! You will need to get a lil cradle/ manger and about 5 days before christmas morning get the manger ready set it under the tree and each day prep it a lil more add more hay, blankets and maybe animals around it…and Christmas morning your children walk out and see baby Jesus in the manger. Jesus was born on Christmas Day, our gift from God 🙂
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