I usually start Christmas in September with getting Christmas scripts ready for The Skit Guys, plus all the Christmas music and drama at churches start two or three months before Christmas. So I try to drag out my Christmas music really early to get in the spirit. It's not easy to think about Christmas with the A/C whirring in the background.
This year, I decided we were going to slow down as much as we can and focus on Thanksgiving. I got this idea from Lulu.com that I found through another friend. It's a Thanksgiving tree. I cut out some leaves and got some tree branches and everyone hangs their leaf on the tree. We all have written some of the things that we are thankful for and it's there everyday to remind us. I know it's a little cheesy, but I've really enjoyed the unique things the kids come up with that really meant something to them on that day.