So many activities, so many distractions, and sometimes, so little cheer. Does our love for Christ shine through the Christmas programs, visits with Santa, cookie exchanges, holiday parties, gift buying, gift wrapping, craft bazaars, traditions, decorating, baking, etc? Or do we look like everyone else during this time of year?
How on earth do we calm things down? And how do we make Christ the center of our Christmas?
December is a week away, so there is time to make a plan. Sit down with your family and make a list of the things you must do and eliminate anything extra. This is a suggestion from Karen Ehman’s, From Chaos To Calm 5 Day Christmas Challenge. I highly suggest you go to her site and sign up for it. Now. Go. I’ll be here when you get back.
Here’s another suggestion. One that I realize comes easily to me because it’s how it has always been in our family. We only buy gifts for the kids. And we only buy gifts for the kids if we are together with that side of the family for Christmas. This year, we aren’t doing Christmas with my side so I am not obligated to buy for any of the nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Is that hard to swallow? Are there adults in your family who might pitch a fit? Now is the time to decide if their expectations outweigh your peace of mind, finances, and abilities. If it is your heart that is unwilling to give up receiving, I will gently suggest you take this to the Lord and pray about it.
If not buying for the adults is completely out of the question, then draw names. This will help eliminate having to shop for everyone.
Are you strapped financially and can’t afford to buy for everyone? Do not go into debt to purchase gifts. Instead, try making some gifts. Pinterest is full of ideas.
If you can’t afford to make your gifts, make gift coupons specifically designed for each individual. Perhaps you can come make dinner one night for your parents. Or offer a weekend of babysitting for your brother/sister so they can go out of town. The ideas are limitless and won’t cost you anything at this time.
OR make a memory jar like I did for my mom years ago. It was one of the best gifts I’ve given her.
If Christ is shoved to back burner during the frenzy of Christmastime, it’s time to rethink what Christmas is really about.
What can you live without this holiday season?
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