Christmas is coming. It just is. So you might as well face it and start planning now.
I love the entire holiday season. November 1 is my official start date for holiday prep. But I refuse to put up any Christmas décor, play any Christmas music or entertain much about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Well, I did cheat a little this year by getting my fall pictures done early and using them for my Holiday cards.
I refuse to just jump into Christmas because retailers start decking the aisles. I actually get annoyed when holiday decorations appear in September. Really? Quit rushing me and trying to get in my pockets! Admittedly, it’s easy to get caught up in ‘spirit’ of Christmas and miss the heart of it at the same time.
Ensuring it really is the Best Christmas
I celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas AND New Year’s Day with a lot of Jesus. I like pretty things and presents, but He’s my real joy. Be careful not to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas and forget the reason we celebrate: the birth of our eternal hope.
The world has commercialized Christmas to death. I’m all about the tinsel and glitter, but I would be remiss to ignore the Christ of Christmas in all my holiday planning, baking, gift giving and party going. As we plan this holiday season, keep the main thing the main thing. I’m not asking you to become a secluded monk or enter seminary here. I’m simply saying don’t go look at the lights before you reflect on THE Light. Understood?The world commercialized Christmas to death. Don't ignore the Christ of Christmas in holiday… Click To Tweet
Practical ways Plan Christmas with Jesus in mind.
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- Take time to read the bible passages about the birth of Christ. ( Luke 2:1-20)
- Read scriptures anticipating Christmas Day. Here are my favorites from the Bible.org reading plans. You can download the app on your phone or tablet to read the plans.
- Incorporate a Nativity scene in your holiday décor
- Start a devotional plan
- Give gifts that glorify God and remind people of the gift he is to us.
- Use Christ-themed gift-wrapping paper
- Visit the sick and shut in
- Donate to your local church and/or Christian charity
- Volunteer at a local charity to demonstrate Christ’s love to others
- Spend time with the lonely widow or elderly
- Journal a few sentences every day in December about what His coming actually means
Simply the Christmas Season
Another factor to consider for focusing on Christ is trimming our to-d0 list in the first place. My to-do list gets a little out of hand come November, but I’ve managed to put a rule in place to help me get through the season with a lot less stress so I can actually focus on what matters. I’ll be sharing my stress-free holiday game plan for the Simply the Season Blog Party. I teamed up with 30 bloggers to help you enjoy the season with less overwhelm. This will be 30 days of GOOD advice to take the pressure off of having perfection. I also created a handy printable to help you navigate the stress of the season using my rule of thumb, but you can only access it at the party. It will be available when my post, How to Have Yourself a “Stress-Free” Little Christmas debuts on Nov. 12. I’ll do a little recap of the posts each week so you don’t miss a beat.Simplify your Holiday Season. 30 Bloggers share their secrets to savoring the best of Christmas Click To Tweet
Getting in Planning Mode
Be intentional with your holiday planning and get in gear now. Tag along with me for the next few weeks as we plan for the Holiday Season. It will be pretty Christmas heavy, but I won’t leave out Thanksgiving or New Year’s Day. PLUS There’s a bonus holiday in there that you’ve been forgetting to celebrate for years. December 9, is my birthday and YOU MUST mark that on your calendar!
Here’s all the stuff I WANT to cover. I’m going to kick things into high gear and HOPE I can get to most of it.
- Preparing your Home for Guests
- How to Earn Cash for Christmas and a $300 Giveaway
- Stress Less this Christmas plus Free Holiday Planning Printables
- Setting a Stunning, Simple Holiday Table
- Black Friday Shopping Game Plan (This one is going to shock you a bit; it’s not at all what you think)
- CyberMonday Deals too good to pass up (My friends on my list will get a head start on these deals. Not on the list? Sign up here.)
- Holiday Gift Guide for the ones who make your list
I know it’s early to start thinking about these things, but we’re in planning mode here. So PLAN and be intentional with Celebrating Jesus. Doing so will help you have the best Christmas ever!
What are some of the ways you tackle the craziness of the holidays and maintain your focus?