The hustle and bustle of the season can at times be anything but hygge. This post is about how to bring more joy and hygge into your life during this time.
The tendency for many moms is to take December off from their homeschool and also their home routines. This can cause more challenges then you might realize. So, I advise not to ditch routines, as they are even more important when life gets crazy, and very hard to reestablish after the Holidays. I advise not to ditch homeschool during December, just make some adjustments. Make Christmas the theme of homeschool.
10 Ways to Create a Joyful and Hygge Christmas
1. Keep Routines Going
I suggest that you not set aside regular routines. They are so hard to set and discipline ourselves to carry out. Perhaps scale back on the time, but do not drop home routines altogether. If you maintain a basic routine, life will be easier to manage and more likely to have *hygge.
2. Maintain Devotions
Keep your personal devotions each day. Moms need this time to gather their thoughts, feel peace, receive strength, and make wise use of their time and their family's time, by not over scheduling. This is hygge.
3. Schedule Light
Keep your schedule light, avoid over booking your time and your family's time. Plan Christmas light into your home. This gives space for hygge.
4. Prioritize Family Unity and Memories
When selecting activities in or outside the home, be selective. Choose activities that will build unity and memories. Don't forget to take pictures! Prioritizing family is Hygge.
5. Enjoy Short Walks
Take a little time each day to take a short walk, do stretches in the living room, or dance to the music. Invite the children to join you. This way you can be invigorated and the children have an outlet for their energy! Taking care of yourself is hygge.
6. Plan a Menu of Simple Meals
Create a menu and simplify meals. Take one afternoon and prepare and freeze several meals for days when things become too busy. Another easy way is double recipes you are preparing each day and freeze one for another day. Simplifying meals by preparing ahead, frees you to hygge with family and friends.
7. Read Aloud to Your Family
Dovetail your personal reading by sharing the book with your family in a read aloud. The book does not have to be a Christmas themed book. However, it could be an opportunity to share some classic Christmas themed stories. Cherishing time with family and sharing a wonderful book is hygge.
8. Homeschool December with a Christmas Theme
Make Christmas the theme of homeschool for December. You can have the fun, sing the songs, bake, sew and allthe things you associate with Christmas in your family traditions. Just see those activities as the Curriculum. Check the Homeschooling Christmas. newsletter for ideas of how to hygge homeschool Christmas.
9. Fill the Cradle with straws of Love and Service
Consider doing a "Fill the Cradle" activity. Each member draws a name to do secret service for. When the service is rendered anonymously, a note is left. And the recipient of the service places the note under the manger or next to it (for the next person doing service to leave...I usually have a stack of notes for people to leave when service is rendered) and places straw in the manger. This is less work for mom than Setting up an elf and more spontaneous. Doing secret service helps children think of others. "Fill the Cradle" is very hygge.
10. Enjoy a Christmas Family Devotional
Take time each evening to wind down and draw the family together with an evening devotional, whether it be using a devotional book or simply reading a few Bible passages, singing a carol, and kneeling together in family prayer. This is hygge.
May your home be filled with joy and hygge this Christmas season!
Enjoy the Journey!
A Classic Christmas Devotional
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A Classic Christmas Devotional is a 31 Day Anthology of over 240+ pages KJV Bible based content, designed to be used as a daily devotional to focus our hearts and minds on Christ and Christmas. Daily Bible verses, quotes, the Spirit of the Season Challenges (a Christmas focused activity each day), poems/carols, and classic Christmas stories. Bonus- Christ Centered Family Christmas Traditions: From Our Home to Yours.
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* Hygge-“The Danish word hygge (pronounce hue-gah) is taking pleasure in celebrating the ordinary; spending a cosy evening with family or friends, sipping cocoa, sitting by the fireplace, perhaps dinner by candlelight… Words such as warmth, living well, security, coziness, comfort, reassurance, family, fellowship, friendship, and simplicity are frequently used to describe the concept of Hygge.”
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