An Early Start

October is nearly over. That doesn’t seem possible. I hear so many people talk about how this year dragged on with all the lockdowns and restrictions in place. For me it was more of a combination. Yes, it seems like this pandemic has been here for such a long time. It feels like years since I have been able to see my brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and parents all together. I can’t even remember the last movie I saw in theaters. I miss seeing one of my dear friends, we missed our annual ice cream date at the end of school year. However, this year itself seems to be flying by.

My kids and I did our Halloween last weekend. The kids dressed up, I gave them buckets of candy that would equal the amount they would have gotten at the annual Schroeder Halloween party and Halloween at the Y (for my youngest). We snuggled in and watched a few kid friendly shows (Its the Great Pumpkin, Curious George’s Boo Fest, and Spookley the Square Pumpkin. They didn’t get to do all the fun games they normally would have done followed by stories around the fire. They had fun, for what it was.

Wyatt and I have started our Christmas preparation. Of course we are excited about Thanksgiving. We have that menu pretty much set. With Covid taking away so much of our usual traditions I wanted to make sure that this year is special for our family. So in June I started purchasing new books, with Christmas themes. I wrapped each book and slapped a gift tag with a date on them. Every day we will get to open a new book to read together before bed. I even got a few “spooky” Christmas chapter books for Jess who loves everything scary. They’ll begin opening these books November 21.

I decided I wanted a planner so I could keep track of things I wanted to do this holiday season. So I searched online and found several to pick and choose from, piecing together one that would work for what I needed. Wyatt insisted that he needed a Christmas planner too. So I printed out several pages for him, many of those pages are coloring pages and riddles for him to enjoy. We have had putting out planners together. We started searching through our recipes and looking online for new ones that we are putting into the baking section.

I printed out Polar Express Tickets on glittery card stock and tucked that away into my planner for a Polar Express night where we will wear pajamas, read the book, then watch the movie while drinking hot chocolate.

I also have a page where I am planning a Grinch Night. We’ll dress up like Whos, eat Roast Beast, make a little something, read the book, watch the old cartoon, the live action, and probably the newer animated movie as well.

There are several other small events that I am planning for our family this Christmas season. I don’t want the only thing my kids remember about this Christmas to be that they didn’t get to go to their Grandparents’ house to see all of our family. When they look back on this Christmas they will get to have all these wonderful little memories as well.

So, while it is still only October I am getting ready for Christmas. It might be a little early but I don’t care. This year hasn’t exactly been your typical year. I could use a little extra Christmas joy right now.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to An Early Start

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    What a great plan for this most unusual year. Good for you, thinking way ahead! I’m sure your hard work will result in special memories.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    It certainly sounds like the Shroeder household will be a warm and fun place for these next couple of months.
    For Halloween this year, my wife is planning a spooky walk through the woods for our three local grandkids and some of their friends. We have scary decorations posted along the way, including a few with eerie sounds and other surprises.

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  3. It all sounds wonderful, Angie! Can you sneak Thanksgiving in thee, too?It’sone of my favorite holidays, for sure,
    So many Christmas activities! I wish that I could sneak in! I know that you’ll have a great time.

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    • We’re waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to start our Christmas activities. The only thing actually starting before Thanksgiving is the opening of the books because I accidentally bought to many. The kids enjoy Thanksgiving, we host it at our house every year.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    It all sounds like such good fun. I know the kids will be thrilled.

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  5. I’m with Tonette. Thanksgiving is my favorite too but with Christmas a close 2nd.

    Those activities sound like such fun. Arnie and I always do a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings marathon through the holidays since the movies came out at that time. We’ll put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving and proceed to decorate the house and front yard.

    With all our family in other states, and the current circumstances, we’ll spend a quite Christmas at home, hoping for snow on Christmas Eve in Houston, as always. LOL On Christmas Eve we stick to my mother’s tradition of reading Luke 2 from the Bible, stuff each others stocking with goodies, and have hot chocolate and Christmas cookies while we watch the movie.

    We make Christmas cookies together starting after Thanksgiving weekend. I make all the other goodies by myself, but there’s still a lot of boy in Arnie, so he decorates the cookies for me and eats as many as he can get away with when my back is turned. LOL

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