A Purposeful Christmas

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I have created a set of printables to help us all choose to have a purposeful Christmas this year. What does this mean? It is so easy to get too busy and so focused on doing all the things, that we just miss Christmas. We spend so much time looking forward to the Christmas season and then let it just pass us by. As we move from the season of Thanksgiving into the season of Christmas (next week of course!) let’s hold on to that spirit of gratefulness. Let’s choose to be present this Christmas. Let’s choose to let some things go. Let’s choose Christ.

This page is how I keep track of where we are on the kids’ Christmas gifts so things don’t get away from us. I set a budget for each kid, track how much I have spent, and mark when items arrive so I know we are good to go. Use a pencil for the money amounts so you can add as you go and always know exactly how much you have left to spend. The check boxes in the corners are for when gifts arrive if they were ordered online. This way you know if you need to hunt anything down before it is too late. More information in the latest episode on our channel about A Purposeful Christmas.

This next page is to keep track of what stocking stuffers have been bought. I don’t know about you, but when we shop for stocking stuffers, things can escalate very quickly! Having this helps keep me on track.

Next, is the last page having to do with budget, but it is just a simple tracker for keeping up with who else on your list you have shopped for and how much of your budget you have left.

 

The next page is a blank Christmas bucket list. I did it this way because I find that no one bucket list is ever perfect for every family, so the best thing to do is create your own! I included across the top: “These are the things we want to do together this year, and if we don’t do them all, it’s still a great Christmas Season”. This is a statement of grace! Give yourself grace and let go of expectations. Enjoy each other rather than complete a checklist. Ideas for this include: Make a gingerbread house, build a snowman, drink hot chocolate, sing Christmas carols, watch your favorite Christmas movie, make Christmas cookies, write to Santa, make paper snowflakes, etc!

Next up is a page for Family Traditions. Last year, our Christmas looked crazy. In a blended family, it always does, but the whole season was wonky with schedules and shortened because of other parent visits. While trying to plan, I decided I really needed to know what the important things were. I had my kids fill out a sheet like this so that I would know what of our traditions really stand out to them as important and would be missed if they weren’t included this year. What I found out, was that I do too much! The things that really stand out to them are simple joys. Use this sheet to get on the same page with your family about what is important this year <3.

 

Next is a challenge. I hope it goes without saying that this is a just an optional fun thing to consider doing as a family, but grace if you choose not to! It is The 12 Acts of Kindness of Christmas. A chance for you as a family to bless 12 people this year. These aren’t meant to be huge gestures; just little blessings. Ideas include: Donate a coat with a happy note in the pocket, make Christmas cards for your neighbors, leave a small present in the mailbox for the mail deliverer, pay for the person behind you in line, etc.

 

And last but not least, my favorite: The page most about choosing to have a purposeful Christmas. This page can be for you or for your whole family together. There are 4 questions to ponder on and write about and think about all season. I think these are best answered by you, but here are some ideas for the verse: 2 Corinthians 9:15, Isaiah 7:14, Romans 6:23, Psalm 72:11, Luke 2:10.

I love you all and wish you a very Merry and Purposeful Christmas Season! Be on the lookout for more about how we do Christmas!

Love, Ashley

 

 

 

 

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Ashley Karaffa

Ashley is mother to a blended family of 10 and appreciating the beautiful chaos of it all. She enjoys creating systems - because how can you survive a family with 8 kids without systems - and spending time celebrating her family.

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