Setting Goals for a Meaningful Christmas Season

setting goals for December

December starts tomorrow, and I met my November goal of getting all of my Christmas shopping done by the end of November! Still shopping? Check out my list of recommended gifts that encouraging learning and promote creativity for kids! Having my shopping done gives me a great start on setting goals for a meaningful Christmas season. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with three of my four brothers and their families, as well as Mike’s grandmother and many of his aunts, uncles, and cousins. My kids really enjoyed being around so many cousins! Our Multicultural Kid Blogger retreat went well, also. Overall a successful month!

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Here are the goals I am setting for December:

  • Make the most of the holiday season. Theme: gratitude
  • Enjoy reading Christmas books from our Christmas book advent calendar with the kids. Themes: education and gratitude
  • Craft with the kids. Theme: gratitude
  • Send off Christmas cards. I got our photo cards ordered yesterday, but the kids will also be making some handmade cards – hopefully this afternoon. Theme: gratitude
  • Help the kids write thank you cards to their teachers. Theme: gratitude
  • Keep weekends peaceful and family-oriented. Themes: simplicity and gratitude
  • Pick a word for 2015 and decide how, if at all, I am going to change my themes for this monthly goal linky. Theme: responsibility
  • Work with the school to see if we can make school a happier experience for Johnny. He has always loved school, but this year is not going very well. I am hoping that we can work out a solution with the school that makes both them and Johnny happy. Themes: education and responsibility

I am glad that I got all of the Christmas shopping done early, because this month is going to be plenty busy without worrying about gifts!

What are your goals for December? I would love for you to join in this linky – this month and for next year! Setting monthly goals is a wonderful way to focus on what really matters, and to give yourself some accountability, especially when goals are shared with others!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

15 thoughts on “Setting Goals for a Meaningful Christmas Season”

  1. Wow and I thought I was good about my Christmas shopping! I still have a few more to go, but I’m mostly done (started in August!). Just need to get one for the hubs (I already know what to get him though) and some family kris kringle gifts.

  2. I have almost all my shopping done. I was hoping to be all done but most of it is coming from Amazon now. Just need to get it all ordered.

    I’m struggling with my oldest and school this year as well. It has not been fun but we finally worked something out.

    I love all your goals!

  3. I thought I was done Christmas shopping, but it turns out there was another Christmas gift exchange I wasn’t told about until this morning. Sometimes goals are outside of our control…

    Love your goals of having your kids write thank-you notes for their teachers, and keeping weekends peaceful.

    Hoping you’re able to work out a great school solution for Johnny, soon.

  4. That must be great to be done with shopping so early! I think I am pretty close. I had a busy November with PT/OT and design work for my brother. I have to do cards, I hope there is still time!

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