I shared Jennifer Tankersley’s 100 Days to Christmas with you last holiday season and loved the daily inspriation and organizational guidance that I wanted to make sure to share her 2013 version with you. I bought the 2012 version; Jennifer graciously gave me the 2013 version when she learned I was going to share it with my readers.
Becoming a mom has changed how I approach the holidays. Creating a magical holiday for your family takes careful and diligent planning and, if I dare say it, discipline. It’s real work. But, it’s possible to enjoy the season and not arrive at December 25th full of regret and exhaustion if you take the time now to prepare.
When I bought the 2012 version of 100 Days to Christmas, I wanted to make sure I included everything I possibly could for Nate’s first holiday season. I didn’t want to miss a thing. And, I don’t think I did. I read about Jennifer’s family traditions and thought about some I wanted to create for our family. We took Nate to a local pumpkin patch and went for a hayride. We took family photos at the Dallas Arboretum surrounded by pumpkins. For Thanksgiving, we made a hand turkey and I framed it.
As a family, we chose a Christmas tree. (Well, Nate just looked really cute in the photos.) We went to The Gaylord Texan for pictures with Santa. And, we did the cutest Cookies for Santa photos with personalized plates. I also bought a Waecthersbach You Are Special Today red plate to use on the holidays and other days I just want to celebrate how wonderful my boy is.
This year, now that Nate is a little older I’ll start a couple more family traditions. Luke will love coming along for the ride!
Most importantly, I enjoyed the holidays. Yes, there were stressful moments. I shipped beautifully wrapped presents to our family, which is spread out over the US. It almost killed me trying to find boxes to fit everyone’s gifts. But, I got it done and all of the presents arrived before December 24th.
Our Christmas really was magical. Watching Nate ignore the presents and play with the wrapping paper and boxes was classic. The entire day was laid back and full of good food. And, I got to spend it with my favorite guys in the whole world.
This holiday, there’s no need to reinvent the apple cart. 100 Days to Christmas is jam-packed with holiday ideas. Better yet, you get 34 printables to help you get organized and execute your plan. The printables include monthly calendars, holiday cleaning and meal planning schedules, gift lists, a party and holiday cookie planner, customizable mailing labels, and more.