Reduce Your Holiday Stress; Start Your Holiday Missions Now

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In your home and homeschool
Dear Friends,
The FlyLady started her Holiday Missions this week, and I wanted to share with you how it has helped me as a homeschool mom. I know some of you reading this are not quite ready to jump into Holiday Mode just yet.
In November and December, there are many activities to attend. In our area, there are teas, plays, parties, cookie exchanges, church activities, and family activities. The calendar can fill up fast! When you add the preparations for your own celebrations, you start to feel stressed and anxious about fitting it all in without dropping a ball.
If you start now with Holiday Planning and preparing a little at a time, you will feel much less stressed. You can download The FlyLady’s Holiday Journal from her site. It will help you have a central place to write down your notes and ideas.
This week I printed my journal, bought my Christmas card stamps, and bought my Christmas cards. I talked to my mother about Thanksgiving at her house. None of these were big tasks. But it will help me later to have these things done.
Next week, I can add in time in our school day for the boys to sign the Christmas cards, and I can start addressing them. I am making plans now for our Christmas picture that goes into the cards. Each year, we take this picture on Thanksgiving when we are all together. (For those with young adult children, you know how hard it is to get everyone together for a picture.)
During the week, I will also talk to my husband about our budget and start a list. Then I can start shopping. It helps our budget to spread the purchasing of gifts out over several weeks.
By doing these small things now, it helps me to be able to say, “Yes!” to those things I really want to do with my children. One of our traditions is to make cookies, and it is easy to fit in a day of baking when I have my cards done and gifts purchased.
It will help you enjoy the Holidays and activities more!
Today’s Zone Mission is to do a 15 minute room rescue anywhere in the house!

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is venison for the boys, chicken and a salad for me.

Have a wonderful weekend!

FlyLady Tami

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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