Would you believe it! My Sandwich Generation family did something we have never done before! We decorated our Christmas tree the week BEFORE Thanksgiving!
Now, lest you think I was really jumping the gun a bit, we actually had a very good reason. Some of our close beloveds were out to visit for Thanksgiving so we also celebrated Christmas with them two days later. And we still have another family get-together in a week, followed by one-two smaller, quieter get-togethers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are DEFINITELY spreading out the joy of the season this year and so far, it's been quite fun.
A couple of the grandkids and I are also looking forward to some Christmas music shindigs in a couple of weeks, and since Christmas praise and worship music celebrations are some of my favorite highlights of the season, I can't wait!
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to enjoying the Christmas lights with my senior mom and some more holiday activities and easy crafts for kids AND seniors, like Tawra Kellam's Gifts in a Jar while babysitting the grandchildren.
I also downloaded a cool new goodie from Amanda Bennett. She has put together a month's worth of Advent and Christmas activities, lessons, songs, and books to read, all centered around Christ and fulfilled prophecies. If you are homeschooling, it's perfect for a December curriculum if your coop is taking a break, as one of ours is. And for busy grandparents, it's an excellent resource to pick and choose ideas and activities from, as we celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with our grandkids.
I was able to download it yesterday for a great sale price which I posted at my Facebook page (be sure you follow me at Facebook and LIKE me at my SandwichINK Facebook Page – because I do use Facebook daily to post short-term special deals, fun freebies like free Kindle eBook downloads, and great activities and ideas for caregivers and grandparents. Google Plus too!) :)
P.S. See that cute snowman up above. It's one of the cute surprises Denise Brown from Caregiving.com sent me as part of the Holiday Progressive Blog Party at Caregiving last year. AND there's another one coming up – stay tuned for details! :)
P.P.S. As you can tell, I had fun with my easy to use digital camera and have enjoyed plenty of shades of RED as we decorated the Christmas tree and wrapped the gifts. I'm linking to Sweet Shot Tuesday and Rednesday - full of fun sights to see for the Sandwich Generation. I also linked with the Hip Homeschool Chick – full of more great homeschooling resources, as well as 2805 for her delightful Christmas Tree Potpourri Party.
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