Monday’s Musings #119 & Christmas In July

Christmas In July

I know Christmas is months away but today I am sharing some ways to de-stress your holidays. I absolutely love the Christmas season. However, when the holidays got closer, stress started to find its way into my life. But I have learned that being prepared is the best way to combat that stress.  I am usually preparing early since I dislike the stress level that comes with the season. To better enjoy it, I plan early so I want to encourage you to do the same. First, I am sharing with you five books geared towards giving you a stress free and Christ-filled Christmas holiday. In the bundle you will find, “More Than Candy” by Sarah Mae, “Charlie & Noel” by Franziska Macur, “31 Days of December Peace” by Stanton Lanier, “Avoiding Holiday Burn Out” by Marie James, and “Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Holiday Hospitality” by Laura Coppinger.  All books are yours for $7.40 when you subscribe to the free weekly newsletter!! In addition, when you subscribe to purchase your book bundle, you have access to a free MP3. Look below:

Whether you look forward to the holiday season or dread the stress it brings with it, this week’s Christmas in July bundle is for you! Discover family activities, daily readings to help you stay focused on what truly matters, tips for organizing, recipes and more. But hurry, because this collection is only available until July 7th!

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With your purchase of this week’s bundle, you’ll also receive an MP3 version of Stanton Lanier’s award winning December Peace holiday album. Discover peace and rest for your holiday season through a distinctive collection of traditional and original piano melodies.

A one-time chemist and financial planner, pianist-composer Stanton Lanier has touched five million listeners around the world with his music and story. Tracks from his eight albums (including 2009 Best Holiday Album “December Peace” – ZMR Awards) can be heard on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Sirius-XM “Spa,” Music Choice “Soundscapes” and many other outlets.

Stanton is also the Founder of Music to Light the World, a non-profit organization that has donated 50,000 CDs to cancer centers and hospitals offering hope and healing to patients and families. For more information please visit


Second, have you heard of the Rudolph Club by Organized Christmas? Well, it is a monthly meeting club to help simplify your holidays and get you organized. The club begins in January however you can join in at any time. The month of June covers recipes sharing how to gather and organize the recipes you will serve during those special holiday celebrations from Thanksgiving to Christmas. (Now would be a great time to try out new recipes you have been considering to serve during the holidays.) If they work, you will know to add those to your list. In addition, you can print out a free recipe planner to help you out. If this motivates you, go back and check out the other months and get your holiday planner going. I have mine already set up so I will just be updating it.

The month of July will help you create a plan from learning to purchase gifts on sale early to begin working on your family Christmas letter now if that is something you do. How about starting on those craft projects that you plan to give as gifts? Plus, in July, you can begin putting together your Christmas Planner. Put one together that works for you!

So there…Christmas in July IS fun and can help us be more organized for the real thing. There’s no shame in being prepared and stress-free. There’s only peace. Now let’s get to linking up your favorite posts this week.


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