Preparing for a Less-Stressed Christmas

With Thanksgiving's late arrival this year, it is going to be vital for me to be better prepared for Christmas than usual.  My intention is to share with my dear reader friends how I intend to take baby steps in preparing for Christmas this year, as well as a few suggestions that may apply to you, too.
Plan now to have a less-stressed Christmas.
My goal is to post a few ideas each week to help stay on track without being too focused on the busyness that comes with Christmas.   
Christmas Books in December (the EASY way): Give your children Christmas books to read all through December.
Photo Christmas Card Alternatives: What to do when you cannot get a nice picture of your family.
Preparing Christmas Cards: Several ideas to prepare now for Christmas cards without actually putting them together yet.
Alternative Gift Giving: Give more time of yourself and experiences instead of more "stuff."
Christmas Gift Planning: Plan now for giving later.
Children's Christmas Letter Printable: Use a simple form letter to find out what the children really want for Christmas this year.
9 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Daily in December: A variety of ways to remember Christmas every day as an adult or with family.
10 Children's Christmas Books: Our favorite Christmas books.
20+ Gifts for Kids, Ages 5-8: Gift ideas we have or want.

Would you join this Christmas journey with me? See all of the Less-Stressed Christmas posts.

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}


  1. That's a good idea, I KNOW this Christmas will be crazy and wonky with everything going on. AHHHHHHH. preparing Christmas cards? Of course we didnt' even get ours out last year.

  2. This an awesome idea! I never get cards done in time. Or, all the activities I want to do with the boys. You're just the motivation I need! ;)


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