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Get Ready, It’s Coming!

October 25, 2011

     I’m sticking out my big toe to test and see if it is safe to tread on this topic.  Jingle bells.  Hmmm, no rocks or stones being hurled.  Let me stick it out a little more.  One horse open sleigh.  No tar or feathers in sight.  I think it is safe to go all the way.  Christmas is coming!  There, I said it.  Please do not start to fret or stress just at the thought.  There is hope.

     Every card, every commercial, every movie paints a picture of the ideal Christmas.  One that includes the perfectly decorated home, gourmet meals and treats, and a lovely family gathered around the tree.  We know the visions.  We see them year after year, and year after year we fail in our attempts to become Martha Stewart.  Instead we more resemble Scrooge or the Grinch.  Christmas stress can do ugly things to a person.

     There are umpteen books written on how to plan and organize the perfect Christmas.  Plans and organizers just to guide us through the holidays abound.  But even with all this available we still fail miserably in our own eyes.  Every year we make a solemn declaration that “this year will be different.”  It is, it is even more busy than last year.

     There is only one sure way to avoid the craziness we feel at Christmas and that is to eliminate.  Ok, I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but the definition of insanity is doing the same action repeatedly and expecting a different result.  You cannot do the shopping, the Christmas letter and cards, the church programs, the decorating, the baking and so on and so on, and expect lovely peaceful time gathered around the tree.  There are just so many hours in a day.

     Are you going to cut back on church activities, probably not.  Will you cut back on presents, not likely.  Will you be able to skip the family traditions of decorating and baking?  Your kids will not let you.  So what is the answer?  Once again I will remind you that it is up to you.  But until you take the plunge into the calm bliss of a less busy lifestyle here are some ideas to help improve your Christmas season.

     Next week is November.  Thanksgiving is looming and Christmas is not far behind.  Now is the time to get your gifts.  Set a goal to have all gifts purchased and wrapped by Thanksgiving.  Have all your Christmas cards ready to send and bake at least one batch of cookies that you can freeze.  It might increase the demands on your schedule now but better now than at Christmas time.

     Here are some additional ideas to gather now for a cheerier Christmas.  Purchase some small inexpensive gifts to carry in your car to give to the box boy who carries out your groceries.  Keep a bag of groceries or two in your car for the beggar on the street corner and always keep some one dollar bills ready for every Salvation Army can you pass.  If it is extra cold out, before you arrive at the store, run through the drive through and pick up a hot drink for the bell ringer and don’t forget the mailman, the UPS drivers and construction workers.  Remember your local firemen and policemen.  Bring them a plate of cookies.  Remember those who serve us and who work in the elements.

     Having time to bring joy to others by planning ahead will bring you true joy this Christmas.  Give it some thought.  Make it a family project.  Come up with ideas of how you can bless others in small ways this Christmas.  Get the mandatory stuff done ahead of time so that Christmas truly can be a time of peace and good will toward men.

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  1. October 26, 2011 8:59 pm

    I liked this one because I learnt to do that some time back. It works and I enjoy this season most of all. Jody

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