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Planning for the "Other" Holidays

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With the Christmas decorations finally packed away (at least mostly) and the Christmas presents slowly finding new homes, it would be easy to sit back, relax, and pretend that you won’t have to decorate, plan, or find gifts again for the foreseeable future. After all, the big ones are over. You came up with costumes and carved pumpkins for Halloween. You’ve had your Thanksgiving meal. You’ve done your Christmas baking (and shopping, and wrapping, and….). The holidays are past…right?

Well…not quite. Unfortunately, the holidays do not just disappear in a blinding flash of light the moment Christmas is past, reappearing sometime around the middle of next October—especially when you have kids.

You can dread the smaller, lesser-celebrated holidays (What do homeschooled kids do for Valentine’s Day, anyway? Send their siblings Valentines? And what’s the deal with this Groundhog Day thing?), or you can embrace it. Plan ahead of time for the fun stuff. Be a little extravagant—not in terms of expense, but in terms of time spent and activities undertaken together.

And do your planning now. Yes, now, when the smell of the Christmas cookies still has not entirely vacated the house and you’re still staring at those last few boxes of leftovers in the fridge, wondering what you’re supposed to do with them. Now, while you’re wondering where you’re going to stick that last Christmas gift, and whether or not you really have to take down all of the outside lights.

Do some Pinterest browsing. Make some lists. Exercise your creativity. Maybe you’ll even have the opportunity to talk to other homeschooling parents or teachers in a regular classroom. Take the time to really consider what it is that you’re going to do with this year—and then don’t let the opportunities pass you by.

That cute Valentine’s craft that you really want to try with your kids? Put it on the calendar—and make sure that the materials for it appear on your shopping list early in the month. The fun rainbow recipes that you want to try for St. Patrick’s Day? Why not stretch them out all month? And there are plenty of fun opportunities for Easter….

Don’t try to look too far out—though if you happen across a fun idea or two, now is the time to put it on your to do list. Just make sure that you’re planning for the holidays a little bit ahead of time—before they get away from you. After all, your kids are only little for a little while. You might as well enjoy them while you have them.

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