New Semester's Resolutions!

Hope everyone survived the holidays and the After Christmas shopping!  Me, I stayed home and moved furniture, took down curtains, and...decorated for "Christmas."  I know!  It is awful, and I am a horrible person.  The end of the semester, grades, conferences, and doggie troubles drained the life out of me.  I kept saying that I would do it the first Saturday of vacation.  Then after hitting four different Targets and driving through LA to meet my sister-in-law with the prized gift that I found for my niece (I have mentioned that I am the best aunt ever, right?), I was a little drained.  Our big family gathering (at my house!) isn't until this Saturday, but still this must qualify me for the Bah, Humbug Award.

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas!  I delight in trimming my trees to perfection, finding the perfect gifts, and searching antique shops for mid century Santas.  This year, it just took me a little longer to get the groove going.  But it is all done, and whereas I am just a little embarrassed, I think my house looks beautiful and Christmassy.

Onto school stuff!   While I wasn't decorating for Christmas, one of my ideas for the first day back at school had to be put on paper - well, digital paper.  Our new semester starts when we return from Winter Break, and I wanted to have my students write resolutions.  Now, we don't go back until the 13th of January (try not to hate me too much, remember the opening paragraphs, I am obviously feeling fragile), and "New Year's Resolutions" seem a little dated by that point.  So, I thought we would call our resolutions something different.
New Semester's Resolutions has a passage explaining the history of resolutions, as well as explaining their purpose, and then space for three New Semester's Resolutions.  I plan on reading through the passage, brainstorming, and writing the resolutions during our first day back during small group rotations.  It seems like a perfect way to get them back into school and refocus them after being off for three weeks (don't hate me:).  You can find it in my store on TpT where I am throwing my own little After Christmas Sale, and everything is 20% off!

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Now, I am going to go watch White Christmas, again!  Suddenly, I am in the spirit:).


  1. I hope that you are feeling a little less "fragile" this morning (Sorry, but that line made me laugh out loud!) and that the Christmas spirit is still with you. Enjoy tomorrow and just RELAX... :)

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

    PS Love the Resolutions product! (I already bought mine!)

  2. Oh my goodness, I am just the opposite of you. I took Christmas DOWN this weekend! After looking at it for three weeks (which I did, truly, enjoy) and just thinking about all the work it was going to be to take it down, I took advantage of my husband being home this weekend to help and down it went. The house looks empty now, but I remind myself that we live like this for 11 months out of the year and soon my eyes will adjust to less color and sparkling lights around the house. Right???

    I hope you had a great time with your family this weekend! From one favorite auntie to another -- it's great to have everyone together for Christmas!!

    Have a great week!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings