Stress-Free Celebrations

 

Stress-free celebration

 

Regardless of the holiday you’re celebrating, there’s always a certain amount of stress to go with it. There’s no magic wand to make that disappear, but some thinking ahead can go a long way. Here’s what Felice has to say …

 

Is stress-free enough? Every year, I dream of a stress-free celebrations. I’ve created seminars on the topic for my Thanksgiving and Holiday Expo, I’ve drilled down to the things that really bother me during the holiday, and I plan ahead. Throughout the year, I keep an eye out for holiday bargains that won’t break my budget. But I’ve realized that during the holidays, there is going to be some measure of stress that just can’t be avoided. The strategies below keep me sane: enjoy this list from my Stress-Free Seminar.

Which one of these things can you implement in your holiday planning?

  • Plans with Prayer
    • Make a Plan
    • Plan to Break It
    • Cross Out
    • Add To
    • Discuss
  • Adult Privileges
    • Just Say No!
  • Exceptions:
    • Brings you peace and joy
    • You want to do it
    • You are obligated
  • Mommy Time Out
    • Meditations
    • Focus – 60 seconds
    • Praise music
  • Revive Your Soul
    • Music
    • Reading
    • Praying
    • DO the ONE thing
  • Gift Giving  –card wrap
    • Time
    • Creativity
    • Exchange
    • Encouragement
  • Back Up Plan
      • You aren’t in control
      • Take out the List and cross out
      • Enlist help
      • Regroup
    • The Reason for the Season
      • CHRISTmas (or THANKSgiving)
      • Attitude Check
        • Expectations – yours?
        • Expectations – family?
        • Others WORSE off
  • Permission Granted
    • Neck rub
    • Foot soak
    • Hand massage
    • Family snuggles
    • Eat chocolate or cookies!
  • Affirmations
    • You are loved
    • You are a child of God
    • You are special
    • You are unique
    • You are treasured

 

Regardless of the holiday (or holy day), with a little advanced planning you can make your celebrations more stress-free.

How do you plan to avoid stress during family celebrations? I’d love to hear from you!

Felice Gerwitz is a wife, mother and author who strives to keep stress out of her life — but knows that only with GOD are all things possible! Here is a handout she hopes you enjoy: Vintage Handouts Stress Free Holidays

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Your Homeschool

FPEA Chairman Suzanne Nunn talks about homeschooling during Thanksgiving. Traditions and fun!

MBFLP 109 – Christmas Baking

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We love Christmas for so many reasons, but one thing we look forward to the most is the baking — and since we’re a large family, we do a lot of it. If you’ve got the recipes, the trick becomes how to manage it all – what to cook when, deciding which child should help with which thing, and keeping the creative destruction from annihilating your kitchen! This episode, Melanie shares some of her secrets for filling a home with sweet aromas and memories that linger even longer —

Spread Too Thin – HIRL Episode 77

Free Homeschooling Podcast about stress during the holidaysThis is our final installment in our mini-series of episodes called: Surviving the Holidays. This episode is all about being spread too thin during the holidays. We begin the discussion talking about the unique aspect that holidays can bring to a homeschooling mom.

You are already dealing with a full plate and often the holiday season is just one more thing. Next, if we are being really honest, we will admit that the holidays are pre-designed to stress out moms, because everything falls on their shoulders. Lastly, what about “mom guilt” during the holidays?

We continue and conclude this episode with a discussion about how to redeem the Christmas holidays and some practical suggestions on keeping yourself from becoming spread to thin. Tune in and don’t miss this one.


EPISODE TIMELINE
:56 – Introduction
8:55 – 3 Reasons We Are Spread Too Thin, Part 1
13:59 – 3 Reasons We Are Spread Too Thin, Part 2
23:00 – Redeeming Christmas/Practical Suggestions
35:26 – Concluding thoughts


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Recommended Resources:

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
Episode 8 – Homeschooling with Exchange Students
Episode 30 – I Love Homeschooling, But My Kids Are With Me All The Time
Episode 41 – Some Dads Have All The Fun

Music clips used on this episode:
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Enjoy Fun, Food, Fellowship and SERVICE with a Holiday Co-op!

jonathan toomeyWith the holidays often comes a time of stress and commercialization and we often end up dreading, rather than enjoying one of the most important holidays of the year for Christians!  Why not plan a holiday co-op so that your family can join along with others to celebrate while serving this year?  If you begin planning now, you can make this year’s Christmas experience one that your family long remembers.  Listen in as I share a few ideas on how to make a holiday co-op fun and meaningful.

As promised, here are a list of favorite Christmas book titles.  If you visit our Facebook page you can add more titles, or see what others add!  https://www.facebook.com/dpkproductions

The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Hunt
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
We believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury
The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans
Operation Christmas Child by Franklin Graham
The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado
Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Book by Susan Wojciechowski
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
The Christmas Scrapbook by Phillip Gulley
The Homeless Christmas Tree by Leslie Gordon
The Gift of the Magi by O’Henry

Also, Advent Books (which do not work well for a co-op unless your co-op meets daily, but are great to include in your family traditions) are Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage (both by Arnold Ytreeide) and The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.

 

 

Tried & True Science Labs

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Science Labs on a Shoestring Budget

Author and publisher, Felice Gerwitz of Media Angels, Inc. discusses the ways to incorporate science labs within the home – this presentation is taken from her book, Teaching Science and Having Fun.

Felice offers a $10 off discount on the book – only $2.95 with the coupon code. Listen to the audio to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Destination-Inspiration with Jen Reyneri and special guests Zan & Joe Tyler from Apologia on Memories of Homeschool Adventures

Zan and Joe Tyler and Jen Reyneri on Destination Inspiration

TRUE Love of Christ for Mom

 

HSMtale2 Felice Gerwitz

Shares a story she wrote especially for you, the busy and weary mom. Felice writes a tale of a woman you can probably identify with at some point of your journey as a wife and mother. She writes about the transformation that takes place when this woman places herself totally into the hands of Christ.

Enjoy this special story – and share it with your friends!

Hassle Free Holiday Strategy

 

Holiday_IconMarnie Swedberg & Felice Gerwitz

Marnie is the queen of getting things done in small spaces of time! This is one lady that is a dear friend and I can NOT wait until you meet her. Marnie was a homeschool mom and her kids are grown up! She is a Christian keynote speaker anywhere God leads. Check her out at Marnie.com
Handout Here: Marnie

Marnie’s Boot camp with her free downloadable balance wheel! HERE

Jesus IS the Reason for the Season

Every First Monday of the Month join Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz at noon.

Every First Monday of the Month join Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz at noon.

Meredith Curtis & Felice Gerwitz

Keeping Christ the center and focus of a holiday celebration can be very difficult in this commercial and media saturated society. However, Meredith and Felice share ways they celebrate Christmas keeping Christ in the center. Lots of great ideas and ways to keep your family joyous without breaking the bank!

Here is a handout along with a free printable to hang on your wall! JOY

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