It seems that everywhere I look, or listen, this country is anything but peaceful. We just plod along, from one terrifying news story to the next. Death and destruction are everywhere, and my heart hurts. I’m praying that the coming days will bring some peaceful rest and quiet to us all as Americans. Even so, perhaps we need to look around us and BE the peace and rest for our neighbors. Who’s hurting and may need a kind word or small help? That is our Christmas mission.
How can you fit in all the kindnesses you’d really like to live out this holiday season?
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Today is our thinking day.
This step is the key to wrapping your hands and your heart around this whole blessed season. It is a very easy, but generally overlooked step.
Let’s start with Thanksgiving. What needs to happen to be ready? Let’s make a section in your notebook. Are you traveling? What details need to be planned? What clothes will you take? Medication? Pet arrangements?
If you are cooking, what needs to be on your shopping list? Think about EXACTLY what recipes you will make and the bowl or dish they’ll go in on your table. Make decisions here and now. (Of course, decisions now are never set in stone.)
If you need to add a shopping day to your calendar, do that now. Do you need new table linens? Or bath towels? Write them down.
Will you shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Where? For what?
See where we’re going?
Now do this for every event on your calendar so far, including all of your gift buying. Every time an idea for a gift or goodie pops into your brain, add it to your notebook and/or the shopping list inside it.
How you’d like to section your notebook is all up to you. You could use chronological order, or a grocery list section, or a Target section. Organize this notebook in a way that makes sense to you, and a way that seems logical.
The point is for it to be written down NOW. Think through plans and arrangements now, when it’s calm, and you’re not frazzled.
I used to live in a world of ‘last-minute’ everything. I think it stems from the military always changing my plans at the last minute, so I was perpetually afraid to make concrete plans until I knew we’d actually get to carry them out.
In the end, this ‘last minute’ girl was also living in crazy town during the holidays, when I just wanted to focus on Jesus and my family. Ugh. Not fun for me or my family.
This simple system has freed me from the prison of ‘crazy town’, and given me peace.
Come join me!!
Grab your notebook (and a glass of wine or cup of tea) and spend an hour two creating your Holiday Brain.
Stay tuned for Step Four!!
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