We are entering that slippery slope which is the down hill slide right into New Year’s Eve. It happens every year, immediately following Halloween, the madness we call the Holiday season begins. There is a bit of a stressed feeling to hurry up and finish all the fun activities we want to do with our families while it is still Fall. Plan that trip to the Corn Maize, leaf peeping, bonfires and hikes in the woods. Somehow we believe that between Halloween and Thanksgiving Day, we must fit as many of these activities in our schedules as possible. The day after Thanksgiving another stressed rush will kick in, the mad dash to Christmas Day. We are about to begin a series here on Intelligent Domestications to share creative as well as tried and true ways to make your Holiday season less stressful. We are calling this series, A Stress Less Holiday season. But before we begin, let’s not rush into things to quickly, I’d like to share some wonderful thoughts and ideas from some of my fellow bloggers. The first one deals with grief relief during the Thanksgiving season.
First, let me share that my Mother passed away on March 16th of this year. She went to live with Jesus on my Dad’s birthday surrounded by her family which included grandchildren and great grandchildren. This was the final of three battles Momma fought with breast cancer. Momma lived with my husband and I for the last four years during which time we became even more close than we already were. Grief has stages which is a process relieved with time. We have all of those ‘firsts’ to get through. One thing which is helping me is the common practice on Facebook of sharing a daily list of what I am thankful for. I decided to devote the majority of my thankfulness list this year to both of my parents and the fine art of parenting. You can follow my Thankful list here. I would encourage you to make your own Thankful list daily as well. Another activity which is helping with the grieving process came unexpectedly. I came across this blog, Called To Be Home while doing a google search for Thanksgiving printables for my grandchildren. What I found was this Thanksgiving Lapbook: Being Thankful ALL month. It is a simple activity which involves a daily interaction with your children to discuss things they are thankful for and then write them down. My very young grandchildren are drawing pictures representing the thing they are thankful for. Called To Be Home has provided us with a set of free printables for this activity. While at my daughter’s home, conducting Day One of this activity with my grandchildren, I saw a picture my second grade grandson had drawn. I decided to share his writing with you because sometimes we don’t realize just how much children do understand and what they may be thinking about their lost loved one.
I believe the daily act of working on their Thanksgiving Lapbook together will allow my grandchildren the opportunity to experience positive daily experiences which will help fill that time of healing during this Thanksgiving season. I am thankful that I came across this blog and that God put on her heart to make this printable this year. You can print the Thanksgiving Lapbook for your children here.
Next my fellow blogger, Kristen at The Road to Domestication is beginning a series today called The Tastiest Thanksgiving Ever! This is a very exciting series which is going to include best recipes from a whole bunch of fabulous cooks who happen to also be bloggers. No doubt you are in search of fantastic ‘new’ recipes to wow your family and friends during this Thanksgiving celebration season. Today is the first day so be sure to go here and follow this series!
Finally, how can we even consider entering the Holiday season without knowing that the key to success is organization! My friend Renee from Renew Your Space At Your Own Pace has a plethora of hints, tips and instructions to help you to become well organized. Renee recently won a free commercial spot for her blog! You can hear her commercial here. The Pantry Purging Project will help you get ready for the busy cooking season with advice on reorganizing your pantry.If your pantry is like mine, there may be some hidden surprises in there! There is also a free menu printable on Renew Your Space to help you get organized for the cooking season.
Today may be November the 4th but it is Day One of the countdown to Thanksgiving. You can begin this week by enjoying some of the activities I have mentioned today. Stress Less by sharing your Thankfulness thoughts with others. Enjoy a collection of ‘new’ recipes to share with your family and friends from The Road to Domestication. Get organized for the Holiday season with tips from Renew Your Space At Your Own Pace. Please share with us your best tips for stressing less during the Holiday season! Watch for our series Stress Less this Holiday Season.
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