Posted by: Amy at | November 6, 2009

How to Create A Holiday Mission Statement

The holidays are just around the corner.  Do you have a plan?  You might consider creating a Holiday Mission Statement to get yourself started.  A mission statement can be your guide for the holidays.  It can keep you focused on your goals.

The first step to creating a Holiday Mission Statement is to start asking questions. Talk with your spouse and discuss questions like this:

  • What is our budget?
  • What do we want to teach our children this season?
  • Are there some new experiences to share with our children?
  • Is there anything we want to do different this year?

Now you are ready to bring the family together and have a family meeting.  Some more questions could include:

  • What is your favorite family tradition?
  • What do you remember from last year?  Your favorite memory?
  • What are you most looking forward to? What are you dreading?
  • What was your favorite way/thing to give to others?

You may be amazed at the things your children remember and want to do again this year.  From here you have can make a mission statement.  Just a sentence will do.  This will keep you focused on the traditions the are the most meaningful to your family. 

The Tokos Family Thanksgiving Mission Statement is to have great food and focus on being thankful. 

Pretty simple but it says a lot.  From here I asked my family to define great food.  Are we making the traditional fare or making something different?  Thankfully they mostly insisted on the pumpkin pie.  Focus on being thankful.  How?  The kids want to make a thankful tree.  We do this every year and it consist of tree branches and construction paper leaves.  We write on each leaf something we are thankful for.  We are also going to talk each evening at dinner about what we are thankful for.  Pretty simple.

We are still working on our Christmas mission statement.  Have fun with this and let me know how it goes.  I would love to hear some of your mission statements.



  1. On November 21st the Open Door Mission still needs drivers to deliver food to the needy. That could be a new tradidion…helping others.

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