After the acts, we have a 12th Night cake (a frosted bundt cake with festive sprinkles) in which we hide a foil-wrapped coin. Whoever gets the coin in their piece is the King or Queen of 12th Night, and they wear a paper crown for the rest of the evening. Silly, but fun. We also give the kids three very small gifts this night, representing the gifts given by the Magi. We put these under the Christmas tree for the kids to open. If we have time, we may work on taking down the tree that night, but more likely we will put it off for a day or two.
We also celebrate Christopher’s birthday this month – he turns 13!
- Sled & snowshoe, as often as possible.
- Keep the bird feeders stocked, especially when storms are predicted.
- Catch snowflakes on black felt to study them.
- Look for animal tracks in the snow…who’s been here?
- Check for the full Wolf moon on January 23rd
- Pack away all of the Christmas decorations. I start the process around New Year’s Eve and aim to have it all finished shortly after 12th Night. We wait to get our tree until mid-December so we can keep it up through 12th Night without too much shedding.
- Jot down a few notes for Christmas next year. What do we need and not need? It’s a huge help to have this written down when the season comes again. This year, I will note that we do not need gift bags, but we do need boxes, and that we need to replace some of our tree lights.
- Deep clean the dining area. I have trouble fitting in deep cleaning and decluttering, so I have decided to try focusing on just one room per month.
- Try to spend a few minutes each day decluttering the house in general. I am going to try Fly Lady’s 27 Fling Boogie, though I doubt I’ll get to it every day. I find January a particularly good time to declutter: gifts have come in, stuff must go out.
- Light candles in the dark mornings – there is something so nice about a candle at breakfast.
- Work on garden planning. I am going to have a much smaller garden this year, but I will still have a bit of planning and seed ordering to do.
- Shop for Valentine making supplies for next month; plan a few crafts and fun things to do.
- Make paper snowflakes and hang them in windows throughout the house.
- Make snow ice cream during a deep snowfall ~ Mix 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until frothy, then add clean snow until it reaches the texture you like.
- Play lots of board games. I plan on adding some new ones to our collection this year. We often spend Sunday afternoons playing games.
- Eat lots of citrus and root vegetables – we tend to eat a lot of oranges, clementines, and grapefruit in January, and our winter farm share is full of carrots, beets, rutabaga, and the like.
- Plan our Superbowl menu – the Superbowl is a major food event around here.
- Make gingerbread with whipped cream.
- Plan vacations, weekends away, camping trips, and the like. I love to have a trip or two, no matter how short, to look forward to.
- Get back into a homeschooling routine after three weeks off – not an easy feat! Our “classes” will start up again January 5th.
- Prepare for the National Mythology Exam, to be taken in February. My older two will be taking the exam in 2016; they will take part of each school day to study for it.
- Have the kids take time to write (or email) thank-you notes for gifts given.
So those are just a few thoughts and ramblings for January. It is my hope to make a list like this for each month; something to look back at each year and add to and update as our needs change.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon.