Now that November is here, the official countdown to Thanksgiving can begin! I know some people that are already putting up Christmas decorations, but I really like to take the season slooooow and enjoy all of it as it comes. I’m not a fan of overlapping the holidays, you know?
I’m looking around my house, and it feels really chaotic right now. It’s messier, stickier, and more disheveled that ever. When this happens, I know it’s a symptom of trying to stuff too many things into my schedule. I have definitely tried to take on too much at one time lately!
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to scale back and get my days reorganized. Especially since we will start homeschooling again at the beginning of the year, now is the perfect time to be intentional about personal discipline. I let go of a lot of good habits when everything went sideways over the last couple of months, and it’s time to get things back together.
The habits we keep and atmosphere we create in the home are so important! The holiday season provides a great opportunity to practice creating a space for family, gratitude, and hospitality. I’ve been collecting ideas for the month of November. I won’t be able to do all of it, but I thought I’d share some of the ideas I found with you! I hope you are able to take some of these ideas and plan to make this month special for your family, as well.
- (Pictured, top left) Make a Thanksgiving Day gameplan! We host the festivities in our home every year, and I’ve found that planning way ahead of time makes all the difference. This post has some very useful advice!
- (Pictured, top right) Dipping fall leaves in beeswax to make festive fall decorations sounds like such a simple idea. We may collect some leaves and try this out sometime soon.
- (Pictured, bottom left) I love this beautiful bohemian feather wreath. It’s absolutely non-traditional, and that’s my favorite thing about it!
- (Pictured, bottom right) These hollowed-out gourd flower vases are stunningly gorgeous and perfectly simple. This is the perfect centerpiece for our Thanksgiving table!
- Painting rocks to celebrate gratitude is a tradition I can get behind. I’d love to come up with a unique spin on this project and share it with my kids!
- Last year, I did a nature drawing activity similar to this one with my kids. We had so much fun with our leaf collages that I hope we get a chance to repeat it.
- Making a simple leftovers station to encourage your Thanksgiving guests to take some of the bounty home with them is a brilliant idea.
- It’s time to level up the mom game on Thanksgiving morning, friends. I’ve never encouraged my kids to play with their food, but these cinnamon roll turkeys are totally adorable.
- Meatballs are my favorite, ya’ll. Definitely considering this cranberry meatballs recipe as a fun appetizer for our feast!
- Thanksgiving punch is sure to be a hit with my apple-loving boys.
I hope to really apply the brakes on my schedule and ease into the holidays gently. Living slowly is so much more freeing than trying to do too much! These are what I am calling my “slow goals” for November:
- Include Bible and prayer journaling in my morning routine, every day.
- Write one blog post per week, and more than that only if there is time and inspiration for it!
- Post to Instagram on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesday and Thursday will be optional, and will be used as an opportunity to connect with other people.
- Take the kids hiking while the weather is nice.
- Stick to the meal plan- I’m not allowing room for last minute trips for takeout. My boys are hankering for the homemade goodness, seriously.
- Goodness, I really need to finish painting the master bedroom. No more unfinished projects for this gal!
I’ll be sure to share some of the things we do to make this month special for our family, either here or on Instagram. How do you like to bring in the holidays?