Is it already November?
The warmth and joy of the holidays are just beginning to stir in our home.
The Christmas music is playing, the candles are flickering, the first baking has begun.
I’m sipping some hot, spicy tea and making lists.
This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Does that sound odd?
The week before Thanksgiving is kind of the calm before the storm.
It’s a lovely week to me. There’s still time to sit and reflect, and make preparations for all the sweet memories yet to be made in the swirl of the next month.
When my children were small, this was a time I also spent planning what we called Christmas school. With just a bit of organization, this became their favorite kind of “school”… I was happy and much less stressed about getting it “all” done…. and best of all, “Christmas school” gave us some of the very best memories of our lives.
Like the year we were studying Ancient Egypt just before Thanksgiving.
It was my very first time hosting Thanksgiving at my home. I had three littles, including a newborn, and a collection of in-laws and outlaws, and neighbors and friends….and I had pulled it off.
We were all happily eating and chatting and I, mostly zoning out from thankfulness that the turkey was edible, and from sheer exhaustion, was happily oblivious of how long my 4 year old had “excused” himself from the table.
Just as the thought of it crossed my mind I heard moaning coming from the nearby “powder room”. But the thought popped in too late.
I’m blaming the tryptophan.
Before I could move, he came bursting into the dining room stark naked and wrapped up from head to toe with who knows how many rolls of toilet paper.
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…….I’m a mummmmmmmmy !!!!
Thirty people. Dead silence.
Shocked grandparents didn’t know what to make of the display.
Then a few grabbed their cameras, thank goodness, and this memory lives on and is retold every single year, much to my now 22 year old’s son’s chagrin.
We are homeschoolers.
School has a way of integrating into every part of our lives !!
ANYWHO, onto a much safer theme of American History (sans MUMMIES!) and onto Christmas school, haha.
If baking is on your list that needs to be done, why not be learning what Swedish immigrants were baking up in their holiday kitchens, buy some cardamon and bake on….if ornaments are to be made, why not find out what ornaments in Colonial Williamsburg looked like, and try making your own… and if you need a creative way to focus your families hearts and minds on Christ, how about opening your home and gathering your friends together for a Las Posadas celebration ?
CHRISTMAS SCHOOL IS SO FUN !!!!
And just think of the great family memories that your kiddos might make. lol
There’s tons of great units, lesson plans, activities, and other ideas out there to use if you don’t have the inclination to plan it all out right now.
If you’ve been working your way through the American Girl History Units on this site, or just think the idea of Christmas school sounds like fun, you might like to check out my Pinterest boards (I’m still adding to them daily!)
I will eventually write these into actual units, but for now, click away and ENJOY !
Also, you may like to check out some of the fun books and movies to go along with these!