32 Days to Christmas! It's Time To Make Thanksgiving Blessings Mix!

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Will you share your blessings with family and friends this year? Make your blessings visible with Thanksgiving Blessings Mix!

This easy-to-assemble craft gift makes great Thanksgiving table favors, classroom treats or workplace favors. A savory snack mix, each ingredient symbolizes one of our nation's many blessings.

A free printable gift tag makes it easy to make and share this Thanksgiving craft gift.

Thanksgiving Craft: Make Thanksgiving Blessings Mix

33 Days to Christmas! It's Time To Plan Advent Observances

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The liturgical season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 1. Will your family observe this time of preparation? Time to plan Advent observances!

For many families, the holidays present a challenge of values. How do you focus on the season's meaning when the celebration provides so many distractions?

Too often, the excitement seems to boil down to a round of gifts and goodies, with little thought to the deeper values underlying the fun.

One way to keep the reason in the season: Advent observances. Whether it's a customs like an Advent wreath, daily Scripture readings, or attendance at worship, plan Advent activities now. Entered in your calendar, they'll help your family keep the focus while enjoying the celebration.

34 Days to Christmas! It's Time To Clean The Entryway

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Whether it's the front porch or foyer, apartment door or entryway, Thanksgiving will bring new scrutiny to the entry area of your home.

Remove clutter, clean and organize the portal to your household today. Check the front door, cleaning and polishing knob, knocker and any windows. Check the state of the welcome mat; is it time for cleaning or replacement? Check outdoor lights and replace any burned-out bulbs.

Declutter doorway storage areas so outdoor shoes, umbrellas or keys find an efficient, attractive home.

Hang a harvest wreath for a seasonal touch. Be ready to open the door to a wonderful holiday season!

35 Days to Christmas! It's Time To Schedule Child Care

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December blows in with a flurry of holiday invitations. If you're a parent of young children, don't miss out: arrange for child care early. Babysitters' schedules fill up early, too, so book your favorite caregivers soon.

Alternatives to traditional in-home babysitting include swapping child care with another family, or encouraging neighborhood sitters to host "sleep-over"parties for children from several families.

Look into holiday sleepovers, too: many churches, dance studios and youth organiziations host holiday weekend events designed to entertain children and give Mom and Dad an evening out.

36 Days to Christmas! It's Time To Plan Holiday Parties

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Will you entertain during the Christmas season? Whether it's a simple potluck gathering, formal dinner party or all-out bash, planning pays.

Get a grip on any holiday parties now, before the December rush begins. Sending invitations early makes it more likely guests will be able to attend; having shopping and supply lists ready cuts down on party-day trips to the store.

Try these free printables to plan holiday entertaining:

Party Planner

Party Guest List

Party Budget

Send Invitations Early

December weekends fill quickly, as office parties, church events and social functions pile up on the calendar.

If you're hosting a holiday party, send invitations early. You'll help guests plan--and increase the chances that they'll be available for your event.

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