2020 is behind us. Most of the bills are in and it is a good time to review expenses and income for the past year. Determine where you did well and where you need to improve. Set some goals for 2021 and create your budget. Perhaps you want to pay off debt, save more for college or retirement, or go on a dream vacation. Work together with your wife to make your plan. If you need help in budgeting, Dave Ramsey has some great materials and courses to help.
As the holidays are coming to an end, don't let all the clean up fall on your wife. Take the lead and get the whole family involved in putting up the decorations, cleaning the house, and starting the new year right. It is a good time to go through your storage area and get rid of things you don't need. Don't forget to store lights neatly so you don't spend half of your next December untangling them :)
As 2020 comes to a close, take some time with your family to discuss the past year: the struggles, accomplishments, failures, good times together, things you wish would have been better, etc. Have each person come up with what they want to do differently or start doing in the new year. Discuss a plan on how you are going to achieve your goals. Write them down and put them on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror to remind yourself throughout the year, and hold each other accountable.
We have a tradition to read the Christmas story before we open any presents at Christmas. This year put all the names of the main characters in a hat and have each person draw a name: Joseph, Mary, the Shepherds, the Wise Men, Herod, the Angels, etc. Have each person share what their character was thinking on their journey to the birth of Christ. You can find the stories in Luke 2 and Matthew 1-2. If you have a Nativity you can have each person hold the character as they tell their story.
Christmas is coming fast with only two weeks remaining. Enjoy every moment and don't forget to focus on the true meaning of the season. Put on some Christmas tunes, take time to watch some family Christmas movies, and spend quality time together. Ask your wife what you can do to help her Christmas season be a little less stressful. Slow down and let the hope that came in a manger lead you throughout the season.
As the last of the Thanksgiving turkey is finished off, it's time to look towards Christmas. Take the lead in decorating and preparing your home for the holidays. Whether it is trimming the tree, putting up lights, hanging the stockings, make it a family event. Rather than rush to get it all done in one day or night, spread it out over the week and take your time to enjoy each moment. Don't forget to start the season right with Christmas music while you decorate.
As we celebrate giving thanks for all the blessings we have, write down everyone's name on a piece of paper. Before you carve the turkey have each person draw a name from a hat and say something they are thankful for about the person they draw. As you say grace, remember to thank God for all the people that are in your life.