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Christmas planning

on October 17, 2010

I know Christmas is still a long way off, but we’re not American so no Thanksgiving – the Swiss have been having small harvest celebrations for several weeks now, they seem to stagger them so everyone can go to everyone else’s village celebrations – and Switzerland doesn’t really do Halloween as such (they save the dressing-up for Carnival time in February) and so Advent and Christmas are the Next Big Thing.

For Froglet’s Advent bags this year I’ve bought some of those little cylindrical plastic beads that you make a picture with and then iron together, and I will do some designs for small baubles to make with them, probably while Nutmeg sleeps after lunch.

I have also got a 10-week preparation list from Planning with Kids, where there is going to be more about it each week so do click through!

  • 10 Weeks To Go – Review Christmas budget
  • 9 Weeks To Go – Start making the family Christmas cards
  • 8 Weeks To Go – Make food packs to donate
  • 7 Weeks To Go – Christmas present ideas (ones that are easy to pack)
  • 6 Weeks To Go – Help my kids organise a mini fundraiser
  • 5 Weeks To Go – Finish Christmas tags and handmade gifts
  • 4 Weeks To Go – Handmade Christmas decorations
  • 3 Weeks To Go – Cooking Christmas treats
  • 2 Weeks To Go – Make arrangements for the house
  • 1 Week To Go – Christmas celebration with family before we go

I have to say I am very intrigued to find out what some of them will be (a mini-fundraiser for what?), and intend to use the list as a basis for making my own plans. I’m cutting out the fundraiser as my eldest is currently 5, but it’s an interesting thought for future years. And we wouldn’t know who to give food packets to so unless we manage to find out before Christmas, that’s getting replaced with Christmas parcels to send to Eastern Europe.

Here (for my own benefit more than anyone else’s) are the posts I made concerning Advent and preparing for Christmas last year:

http://notreallyhomeschooling.blogspot.com/2009/11/planning-advent.html (this one has links in it to the Jesse Tree stuff)
http://notreallyhomeschooling.blogspot.com/2009/12/advent-week-1.html
http://notreallyhomeschooling.blogspot.com/2009/12/second-week-of-advent.html

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One response to “Christmas planning

  1. You ought to just celebrate the Spirit of Thanksgiving! LOL – I bought an advent calendar (the one you recommended) – too late to use last year – but plan on using this year – now I just need to go find it!

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