Annual Preparations

The next few weeks will be a time of preparation for the holiday season and the end of the year. Art work will be taken down from the boards in my classroom, children’s portfolios will be updated, toys will be cleaned. At home I will begin the tidy-up process I go through every year at this time: summer/autumn shoes will be put away, things will be put back in their place, the children’s clothing will be checked and items that are too small will be donated to those in need. I will begin my grocery shopping for the the days over Christmas: small treats will be bought, chicken placed in the freezer, ingredients bought for baking. In the days before Christmas, I shall buy fresh produce and store it in the fridge. I will alsoΒ wrap the gifts I have chosen for my family behind closed doors.

I have found over the years that this preparation is worth it. Come Christmas Eve and the days following it, I am able to relax with my family and not spend time stressing about things that need to be done. The preparation helps me as well to begin the New Year in the right frame of mind: our home is tidy and I have been able to rest the few days before school starts again.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeWhat are your preparations for the holiday season and the end of the year?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: prepare)

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29 thoughts on “Annual Preparations

  1. Hi Colline. Stopping by from FMF. There are a lot of preparations this time of year. I’m with you and try to do as much as possible ahead. It makes for a more relaxing and fulfilling celebration.

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  2. Your preparations sound very practical and wise. I like to prepare but always seem behind. I teach, too, Next week is the last week for piano lessons and then i have free time to prepare. Happy holidays to you and I hope the new year brings you great joy.

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  3. I try to get my shopping done in early November since I have to mail packages out. Next I clean out, as you do, and take donations to Good Will and I always stock up on shelf-stable items that I take to the local food pantry in early December. When December hits, I wrap packages, bake, and ship the fresh bakery items off with the gifts. I decorate and send out cards, then sit back and enjoy the season. I put in an intense few weeks at the start, and then I can have my ‘ahhh’ moment.

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    1. To make it fun for the children, I focus on what will make the day exciting for them. And of course, my hubby enjoys eating the small hors d’oeuvres that I organize and the Christmas lunch/dinner I prepare πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh yes, always fun and exciting stuff for the young ones! Me too. I think I’ll do hors d’oeuvres this year as we all LOVE to eat good food. We usually do a nice Christmas brunch (some breakfast foods, some lunchy items and sweets like cinnamon rolls, apple pie w/gruyere cooked into crust, etc.). I make stuff and Mama makes stuff. We go to each other’s houses, open gifts and eat and then swap some food back and forth to take home. Can’t wait! Then Hallie goes to her dad’s by lunch if not before and spends several hours over there. She’s going on a trip the day after with her church youth group.

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        1. Your brunch sounds delicious Carol. Our brunch is made up of the hors d’oeuvres that we love. Breakfast? A delicious fruit smoothie while opening gifts. What I love most abut the meals though is the time we spend together as a family.

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  4. you have the right idea preparing for the new year and closing out this month by organizing and cleaning. just have to say, the year goes by too fast!!! guess i’ll take your advice and end this year by cleaning up house and making new intentions for the new year coming. cheers!

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  5. I don’t have much to prepare, Colline. My gifts are all made and just have to be packed. I won’t be decorating again this year. Max is too big a handful as it is. A tree would be inviting disaster. Maybe next year … πŸ™‚

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      1. Now, not to offend, Colline, but continue to put up the big tree until you just can’t do it anymore. Like moths to a flame, it will draw your kids — and grandkids — to your home. Mom did it for me and hers is the tree I’ll use once Max is trustworthy. Like that’s gonna happen anytime soon. … πŸ™‚

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        1. I think you are right John – and I probably will. As long as there are children around, knowing me, I will do everything to make them experience the spirit of Christmas πŸ™‚
          And good luck with training Max πŸ™‚

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