This holiday season I’ve been giving myself some Monday missions, simple things to do that will make life around here a bit less complicated for the kids and I.
I’m inviting you to join in and accept the Monday Mission challenge if you want to and I hope we’re all going to be a little happier for it.
This week my mission is to do something now that will make next week easier.
We love decorating cookies at our house and it can become an evening long event, as my kids turn them into edible works of art.
However, if I’m being honest, while I love a good, crafty mess as much as the next creative mama, right now with a two year old in tow it isn’t easy and I’m not really a big fan of the baking and cleaning work that goes along with cookies anyway.
And, asking my kids to be patient and allow the next batch to cool when they’ve got visions of icing covered gingerbread men dancing in their hands? Not an easy task.
So, this week I’m going to pick an evening after the kids are in bed, pour myself a glass of something festive, and spend some time baking cookies for us to decorate next week.
My plan is to stick the fully baked cookies into the freezer after they’ve cooled, and then pull them out a few dozen at a time for us to decorate during Christmas week. No one will have to worry about timers, cooling down, or the logistics of getting the next batch cut out and in the oven before the toddler dumps the sprinkles out all over the table.
I also plan to get some of the holiday gift wrapping done, because the 11pm Christmas Eve mad dash gift wrapping tradition that my husband and I stumbled into isn’t exactly one of my favorites about the holiday season, ha ha!
So, your mission this week is do something that will make next week, during the holiday hustle and bustle, a little bit easier for you. Maybe having a late night once this week will help you to have a calmer Christmas Eve?
BONUS: give yourself some grace this week. For me, that means any shortcuts I can take this holiday season, I’m taking guilt-free. Yes, our gingerbread house came from a kit, some of our cookies have been from a mix, there’s even icing in a can (gasp!), and I’m using more than a few gift bags, crossing my fingers I’m not recycling them back to the original gifter who gave them to us, ha ha! And you know what? That sounds good to me! No mama-guilt at the holidays, okay? Remember the 80/20 rule and just enjoy the merry and bright!