Thursday, November 29, 2012

December's Quest: Cherish Christmas

December is just a day away and I am super excited to kick off my very first Heart & Spirit Monthly Quest on Saturday!

I have been gathering ideas of how I want to spend some time each day of December "Cherishing Christmas". 

I have a pretty good list - WAY more than 30 ideas, as a matter of fact.  I will probably do a couple items some days.  Some I might not get to this year, but that's ok because I love traditions, so we will see how this goes...maybe I'll do this Quest every December. 

Some of the items on the list are things I do every Christmas or have done in the past,  however, many of them are new ideas that maybe I have wanted to do but never made the time to do them.  A couple ideas are brand new to me and I thought they might be fun to try.

AND there may even be a few surprises that are not on the list.  You will just have to follow my blog posts to find out if I do any surprise ideas. 

I have selected certain days of the month for some of the items on my list.  Other days, I will have to watch for opportunities to do some of the ideas.  Either way, I have been so excited about planning this Quest, that it has REALLY put me in the Christmas spirit this year - and I already look forward to and love Christmas every year! 

Maybe this year is different because I am coming out of a "blue hue".  Maybe that will make the JOY of Christmas all the more joyful.  I'm feeling it already!

So if you happen to be joining me on this Quest or if you are just a bit curious what this Quest is all about, here's my list of ideas so far:

A Month to Cherish Christmas

*Read a Christmas Novel

*Prepare Christmas Cards

*Mail Christmas Cards

*Buy Angel Tree Presents

*Do a Christmas Idea from Pinterest

*Take Hot Chocolate or Coffee to a Salvation Army Bell Ringer
*Go Christmas Shopping for Others

*Volunteer to Be a Salvation Army Bell Ringer

*Hand out Little Gifts or Gift Cards to People You Meet Throughout the Day

*Send Someone a Christmas Surprise

*Watch Christmas Movies with the Family

*Make Christmas Gifts

*Deliver Some Homemade Goodies to the Neighbors

*Enjoy Christmas Lights with the Family

*Do a Quiet Night with the Family at Church

*Make Christmas Scrapbook Pages

*Write Thank You Notes for Christmas Gifts

*Write Notes to People who have Helped Make 2012 Special

*Make Dough Ornaments

*Write Out the Christmas Story from the Bible by Hand

*Make a Christmas CD for Someone Special

*Anonymously Pay for Someone's Meal while Out to Eat

*Do a Christmas Tea

*Buy Someone's Groceries in Line at the Store

*Try a New Christmas Recipe

*Write a Christmas Devotional or Story

*Surprise Someone with an Early Christmas Gift

*Read a Christmas Devotional

*Wrap Presents

*Sing Along to Christmas Songs

*Make Christmas Goodies

*Host a Christmas Party

*Attend a Special Christmas Service

*Pray for 2013

*Read the Christmas Story from the Bible

*String Real Popcorn

*Read Christmas Stories

*Put Up Christmas Decorations

*Write a Christmas Letter

*Pay for the Person Behind You in the Drive-Thru

*Attend a Christmas Show

*Take Treats to the Post Office Workers

*Go Caroling

*Attend a Christmas Party

*Spend Time with family

*Send a Christmas Package to a Solider

*Put Together a Christmas puzzle

*Get a Picture Taken with Santa

*Celebrate Christmas!

*Open Presents with Family and/or Friends

*Enjoy a Special Christmas Dinner

So these are my ideas so far.  I reserve the right to think of others as the month progresses. 

Some of these are pretty obvious ideas, but how many times have you planned to do something to celebrate Christmas and sometime in the middle of January you are wondering what happened? 

Of course we have received (or maybe even mailed) Christmas cards after New Year's and once our family even got a Valentine Christmas Letter from friends. 

I don't mind because I just love hearing from everyone, but this year I hope to do something every single day of the month to focus on Christmas in a positive, Christ focused, family loving way.

Do you have an idea for me that isn't on the list?  Please share!

Have a Blessed Day!

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