Thanksgiving is over and I’m 1.5 pounds back up. Not bad after two Thanksgivings, I figure. I skipped desserts and limited the non-diet-friendly stuff. Not planning well for eating during a busy few days and for being on the road were bigger contributing factors, and I paid for the areas I “cheated” by eating more sugar and processed foods than I’ve been used to the past couple of weeks. I felt bloated, my skin was itchy, and I was ready for healthy food again. I guess that’s good! (Better than coming out of the holidays wanting more dessert and super-sized portions!)
|Our tree via Instagram before ornaments|
Faith and I decorated for Christmas Friday and Saturday, and last night I nearly finished up the last of it. Brad’s working on the lights outside, and I have a few projects to tie up, and then I’ll share a little holiday home tour.
In the meantime, I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts about simplifying, and ironically (or not) that’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about and had plans to really incorporate into the blog in 2014. In church yesterday, the priest mentioned that Advent is a time for simplifying, and I’ve really been feeling the pull to do that in all areas of my life…for the holidays and beyond. I think simplifying has to be a gradual process, though there are things you can do now to start. This is a great time of the year to focus on family and what’s important, and simplifying just goes along with those priorities.
|Our Advent calendar (from Target)|
I’ve had an Advent calendar for a couple years now and just love it, but I didn’t grow up using one and wasn’t sure what to put in it. I don’t like encouraging daily sweets, nor do I get excited about small toy trinkets (Read: More junk in my daughter’s room that won’t get put away), and those spaces aren’t big enough for much else. So for two years now it has sat empty, but I decided this was the year to do some research and find a solution. Pinterest came through again, and I found a few pins (which you can see on my Winter/Christmas board) that gave some great ideas. In the end I compiled ideas from those pins plus a few of my own, and made a list of family activities and service projects to do in these days leading up to Christmas. In a sense it will serve as our winter bucket list, and is focused on time as a family and doing for others. I just typed up the list in Word with a cute font, printed, cut, and folded! When I have more time I may go back and type them onto cute shapes or something, but for now this will suffice (and it’s all about simplifying, remember?).
|Our Advent calendar list|
We’ve already done the toy for charity, but I figured since I’m starting a day late, that will be our Dec. 1 item and we’ll fill in from there. Since weather will determine some of the activities (like sledding) and our schedule will impact others, I plan to put them in the calendar no more than a few days before so that I’m sure we can make it happen. And if things get crazy (which I’m going to try to avoid), then there may be some days that I fill in with candy or a small toy. I included watching our wedding video because our anniversary is in December. I figured it would be a nice family activity and help us remember that special day.
I’m excited to get started with this and hope to create some great family memories this season!
What do you do for an Advent calendar?