December 1 ~ Plan your month!

On the first day of December my true love gave to me –                                              

  a cruise on the Caribbean Sea.

 la la la la la la la……

Today is the first day in my 25 Days of Christmas blog series. You have not lost your mind. It really is November 25th. I will not be able to post from Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, so the first few days of my December series will be posted early. That does mean that there will be several days with no posts, but on the 5th of December I will pick right up where we left off.

So, where was I? Oh yeah, the 1st day of December…..

The number one thing you should do to be able to savor the season in good health, good spirits, and good fun is to plan your month! If at all possible you should sit down with a calendar and start filling in the days. There is a lot going on in December. The first thing you should be able to do is fill in those party dates and travel dates.

Party invites can still pop up unexpectedly, especially those given by friends of the impromptu sort. In cases like those you will just have to roll with the punches and attend the gatherings you can (or want) and not sweat the small stuff. But generally speaking, Christmas (excuse me…Holiday) party invitations are sent out in November, especially when they are work-related or are annual affairs. If you are planning to host a gathering yourself then hopefully you have already set the date, sent the invitations, and have begun planning.

If you are traveling you will have an idea of when to start packing, preparing, etc. so that your trip does not drive you crazy. Traveling can be exhausting (I need a vacation from my vacation!) but throw a holiday into the mix and you’ve got a whole new breed of vacation. Don’t stress yourself out or let others stress you out. Be prepared and help (and pray for) your spouse to be prepared as well. Look at it this way, if you’re traveling to someone else’s house (or a cruise 🙂 ) then that’s X number of days you won’t have to plan and cook!

If you are staying home for the holidays then you’ll need to plan your menu for the evenings you’ll be home. Even if you don’t normally do this it will really help keep the stress low during this hectic month. Once you’ve done that you can pencil a few days throughout the month for going to the grocery store. Nobody likes having to run to the store for that missing ingredient while the oven is preheating. Be prepared and you’ll enjoy your tasks more.

There are other things to consider when penciling in your calendar besides parties, traveling, or meals. Things like, Christmas Caroling, regular church services or cell groups, and what about Christmas plays and programs at church or your child’s school? How about scheduling in a nice, quiet family night? Don’t forget your baking days, decorating days, or shopping and wrapping days.

Sounds like a lot? IT IS! That’s why you need to plan- so you will stay calm and peaceful and can enjoy the season. And never forget the real reason for the season. Take time every day to be thankful.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

~ Psalm 100:4-5 NIV

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