As we near closer and closer to the holiday season, many homeschool parents (especially new ones) begin to wonder how they’re going to approach the month of December.
Do you homeschool as usual? Do you give your subjects a Christmas flair? Do you take time off of school and focus on Advent and family traditions?
Let’s take a look at a few different aspects of the holiday and what they might look like in a Homeschool Family Christmas.
Homeschooling and the Holidays
Every year looks a little different for us, as I’m sure it does for you. As children grow and new babies come, what you can do changes with the seasons. Depending on your state laws, you might take the month of December off entirely. This is a common choice among homeschoolers and something we’ve done several times in the past.
When you’re planning your December, consider if you’ll have family coming to stay or if you’re going on vacation. These circumstances will make the choice to take time off of school much easier. I mean, who wants to do schoolwork on vacation?? Not this girl!
Family traditions come in many forms. Sometimes it’s something as simple as making cookies together and delivering them to neighbors or friends.
I have a friend who takes her children two hours south to ride a “Polar Express” train. They make a weekend of it every year with extended family. The complexity and expense completely depend on you and what you’re willing/able to do.
Some frugal traditions we have done over the years include . . .
- making cookies together
- singing carols as a family
- learn a new Christmas hymn
- take food to a food bank
- making and sending Christmas cards
- celebrate Advent (we’ve done varying things over the year, but our most recent favorite is Melk)
- decorating gingerbread houses and cookies
- do many, many Christmas crafts (there are a ton of free ones on Pinterest)
- host a Christmas party with our homeschool friends (pitch in style)
- wrap books you already own but haven’t read in a while and then open and read one each night
- drink hot chocolate and watch movies
- get out the miscellaneous craft supplies and see what new homemade decorations we can make
- make homemade Christmas ornaments
Christmas is such a yummy time of year. I’m not usually a fan of sweets, but man, it’s hard to pass up those Christmas goodies!
Here are a few Christmas favorite recipes . . .
- Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Santa Hat Brownies
- Chocolate Pretzel Snowmen
- Oreo Christmas Ornaments
- Peppermint Reindeer Bark
- Starlight Advent Christmas Cookies
- Reindeer Chow
- Elf Chex Mix
If you’re looking for a meal planner to keep track of all these goodies, check out the Meal Planning Made Simple Planner.
Here are a few fun learning resources that have Christmas flair . . .
- A Simple Red, Green and White Nature Walk
- How to Make Christmas Cooking Baking a Learning Experience
- Nativity Artist Study and Project with Handel’s Messiah
- Christmas Alphabet and Number Matching
- A Scientific Cookie Mystery
- 30 Days of Christmas Bible Reading Plan
- Christmas Math: Doubling with Starlight Mints
- Nativity Story Stick Puppet Craft
- Christmas Glyphs: Fun Graphing Activities
Family Gift Ideas
I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas gifts. I LOVE the joy that they bring my children, but I LOATHE the mess and clutter they bring, which is why we usually opt for family gifts, instead of individual ones.
But don’t worry, the kids still get plenty of “regular” gifts from family. They’re not going without, trust me.
Here are a few family gift ideas . . .
- board games
- zoo passes
- museum passes
- movie passes
- theme park passes
- a pet
- a weekend mini-vacation
Be sure to grab the free Christmas planner to write all your ideas in one place!
Can you believe that this is the last Christmas in this decade?! Where has the time gone? I have teamed up with some pretty generous bloggers for the 6th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway with the hopes of making this a Christmas to remember for TWO families as we close out this decade.
While we wish we could bless many more families, we were able to come up with a big prize for TWO families – $500 each (delivered via Paypal) – that we pray will make a big difference in their lives this Christmas season – whether it’s to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off some bills, or to help build some savings, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.
There are lots of entry options in the Rafflecopter form below – the more you enter, the better your chance of winning! I know it can seem tedious and time-consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it? I think it is! Plus, all of these amazing bloggers donated their own money toward the cash prizes, so this giveaway wouldn’t be possible without them. I hope you’ll take the time to check out each one. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.
The giveaway will run from Monday, November 18th through Wednesday, November 27th (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Rafflecopter terms and conditions upon entering.