Well it’s hard to believe that Christmas…yes…CHRISTMAS…is coming up fast on our horizon. Seems like just yesterday that we were blowing horns that the New Year had just come in with a bang, and now we are shopping for gifts for our families and friends. Did everyone survive Black Friday? Well, now it is time that we begin writing out our Christmas cards and wrapping all of those gifts that we saved so much money on (or so we are told) by buying from this store rather than that one.
We know that stress is a killer and ‘T’is the Season’ that can bring much of this dreaded killer into our lives if we let it, and don’t carefully plan out our time schedules. Make sure you plan on taking some time for yourself and just relax and let the worries recede.
Here is a list of some of the things that can help you to get rid of the frazzle in your dazzle this Christmas season: First thing is to take the time to make a list. Here we go:
1. Sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage and make a list of the things you need to accomplish in the next 2-3 weeks.
2. Planning is essential if you’re going to survive the holiday whirlwind.
3. If you didn’t take part in Black Friday to buy your gifts, make a list of those you plan on giving gifts to and set the dollar amount that you wish to spend for each person, and stick to that limit. Overspending during the holidays is a sure-fire stress producer, so stay away from the temptation to buy just one more gift for that particular person.
4. Write out your Christmas cards and mail them promptly….don’t wait or you might get stuck in the long lines at the post office.
5. Take a long, hot bubble bath and pamper yourself.
6. Get your calendar out and write out the dates of any Christmas plays or concerts that you have to attend for your children’s school or those that might be at the church you attend.
7. Now add to your list and to your calendar the dates and times that you have already signed up to bake something for a club you belong to or the church bake sale. Not to mention the baking that you wish to do for your family and friends. Baking and cooking takes a lot of preparation and planning. So, because of the time constraints, make a grocery list of the items you will need to purchase in order to successfully get these projects done.
8. Sit down and watch your all time favorite Christmas movies.
9. Plan on setting aside a time that you can wrap your Christmas gifts in private (especially, if you have children) or a husband that likes to peek and see what you’re doing.
10. Spend time with your friends and family and just enjoy the holiest of all Holy(i)days. Unwrap your presents and be thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ that He agreed to come down as a little baby so that He could become your Savior and mine. Hallelujah!
Now….just think about it for a minute…. after you open up your presents and you have to clean up all of the mess….in just 371 days it will be CHRISTMAS once again. God Bless!