Are you the type of person who thinks about Christmas all year long? You watch for special gifts for those on your list and pick them up when you find them. When December arrives, you are ready with only a few little things to finish.
Are you the type of person that thinks about Christmas on December 15? You know Christmas is coming, but you procrastinate as long as possible. Gift buying is hard for you.
Are you the type of person who thinks about Christmas—maybe in July—and has big plans to prepared before December. But that didn’t happen again this year. Now you are rushing to get things done. If you aren’t careful, you’ll be too pooped out to enjoy Christmas.
Prepared, procrastinated, or pooped-out, take time today to breathe.
This year, I’m not as ready as I’d like to be. I haven’t done everything I planned, nor will I get it all done before Christmas. It’s not going to happen.
And I’m good with it.
But what about you? What do you do when your plans exceed your reality?
- Stay up late every night to accomplish your list? By the time Christmas arrives, you will be too exhausted to enjoy the day.
- Do nothing? Scrooge would agree with you.
- Look at what is left to do and decide which is most important? Then do that. Forget all the rest.
- Realize you’ve done what you could? No one knows what you didn’t get done. Relationships are more important than things.
At our house, we are putting finishing touches on gifts and tucking them under the tree. We anticipate special time with our family this weekend. Hopefully, we’ll experience some long-awaited visits with close friends. We choose to enjoy each other and invest in these relationships.
My wish for you this Christmas is Joy.
Joy in your Savior Jesus. The babe in the manger changed everything for you and me.
Joy in your life. Be thankful you are alive. Life is a gift.
Joy in your relationships. Life is a wonderful, messy gift meant to be shared.
Joy in your surroundings. Look around you. Realize your blessings and take time to express your gratitude.
Joy in your uniqueness. You aren’t perfect; no one is. But, you are a gift to your family, friends, and this world. We need you.
This Christmas season, my prayer is that your heart and home overflow with joy. Abundant, unexplainable, supernatural joy that awakens your soul with wonder.
Merry Christmas from our house to yours.
If you need help, please reach out. I promise to listen without judgment and help you take the next step.