Get in Order for the Holidays, Part 2

Part 2: Take Time to Make Time

The countdown is on. It is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Celebrating Jesus.  Come to earth as a baby for you and me!

Over the years, our celebration has come to include SO MANY things; family and friends, meals out, gift giving, parties, evenings in, shopping, cleaning, decorating, baking, and cooking. And the list goes on! In the midst of it all, life doesn’t stop. So, HOW do we fit it all in?

Plan first. Do second.

You have heard it all before. Make your list. Check it twice. I would like to add a third step. Cross off your list (before you DO it!).
Most of us shop too much, bake too much, cook too much, eat way too much, plan too much, and generally wear ourselves out. At a time when we want to slow down and appreciate what Christmas really means and enjoy those around us, we so easily clutter our minds and our time with so much busyness.

Truly, this bit of advice, to cross off some things on your list, will save you time and energy, and help make time for all those things and people in life that are most important to you.

As you are making your plans this year, take a few minutes to really consider what is important to you and your family. Take a few minutes to create a mission statement for your holiday season. A good mission statement will succinctly define what you and your family are trying to accomplish and what you value. It will provide you with a vision as you are planning.
As you think through your own mission statement, simply ask yourself what you really want for the holiday season (and what you don’t want!).

Personally, I want:
To draw closer to God and understand the meaning of Christmas
To have sweet time with my family
To be able to give and serve more to those in need
To slow down and put aside my To Do list
To catch up with old friends
To enjoy and appreciate the simple pleasures of the days

I don’t want:
To get caught up in the shopping frenzy
To spend $ we don’t have
To be too busy and over-scheduled

Take a few minutes to create your own holiday mission statement and use it as you are planning for the weeks to come.
As you are making plans, think through what traditions you have and why. Make a list of them. From decorating to Christmas caroling, from serving to gift giving, from spiritual life to family gatherings.

Keep those traditions that you love, and be willing to let go of those you don’t love or have outgrown. Families and people change! We tend to begin new traditions as our families grow. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of feeling like you need to continue every tradition that you ever started.

Next, include your family. Share your list with your family. Ask what is important to them. You may be surprised!
Now it’s time to look ahead and come up with a plan that is both realistic and simplified.

Take time to make time for those things and people in your life that are most important to you.

Check out Part 1, Happy Shopping, Part 3, Budget and Gift Giving Guide, Part 4, Cleaning, Part 5,  Decorating, Part 6, Meal Planning, and Part 7, It’s a Wrap, of my Get in Order for the Holidays Series.

Have a blessed and organized holiday!


4 Responses to “Get in Order for the Holidays, Part 2”

  1. 1 candidaboutcandida December 10, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I truly appreciate you reminding me about focusing on what is really important, and crossing the rest off the list!!! During this time of year, I usually spend so much time and energy on what I think is necessary (DOING!!!) that I forget what is truly essential (LOVING/ENJOYING OTHERS!!!)You gave excellent suggestions, and I have been slowing down and following many of them! I hope others have been blessed by your site as well! Thank you, Kathleen Gill

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