Yesterday was December 1st. Don’t know what that means to you, but it was a deadline for my little family.
The hubby and I decided a few weeks back that we would try to get everything (Christmas-wise) done by Saturday, December 1st. We wanted the shopping done, the gifts made, the Christmas Cards sent out – you name it.
Did we meet that goal? Sadly, no…
Most the Christmas Shopping is done. Just have to order one more gift online.
Christmas Cards are purchased and on their way (even the addresses are collected).
Still have goodies to make and take to the neighbors but doing it this week.
The reason why we wanted to do this was because we wanted so badly to ENJOY the Christmas Season and not feel like we were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Do you feel this way? I just feel like it happens way too often and we somehow lose focus on the true reason for the season.
We were also hoping to have more opportunities to serve. We feel like it’s important to teach our kids while they are young the importance of serving and show them first-hand the joy that can come from it.
This past week for Family Night we took the kids down to the mall to pick out Christmas Angel Tags. The kids were so excited to use their own money to buy presents for the kids that didn’t have money. We did the shopping for the gifts yesterday, and I cannot even tell you how much joy it brought me to watch my kids buy these gifts with their quarters, dimes and pennies that they had been saving up all year.
You may be wondering where I’m going with this but to tell you the truth, I’m not really sure myself. I guess more than anything I just wanted you to know that I love this time of year and hope that we can take this opportunity to serve and bring the light of Christ in other’s lives. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and I hope we can enjoy it and not focus so much on the unimportant things (like posting every day!! LOL!) I must warn that I may be a little more lax answering emails and comments and such, but don’t think it’s because I don’t love you… I just want to make sure I re-prioritize this month and make sure I’m getting in as much family time and service opportunities as possible. I know my little family will be trying really hard to celebrate this time of year without going crazy, and although I am certain there will be times we are stressing out trying to get things done, I also know that we will be trying just a little bit more to re-focus and to enjoy this wonderful season.
I hope you guy can do the same.
Wishing you a Happy (and not too crazy) December!!