This is Day 1 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visit the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.
I know that because sometimes life is full and/or busy, the days can fly by without giving thought to what we have done, what we are doing, or what we will do! Activities and events come and go without us being intentional about what we it is we are trying to achieve or be in our daily life.
It is pretty much that way with Christmas around here. We get an invitation to a celebration and we reply yes or no. There is another fun activity we see on a calendar and we decide to go on the spur of the moment. Then, Christmas passes by and we sometimes have not done what we really want to do, but instead done stuff just to fill the empty space up. Doing the things and going to the places isn’t all bad, but we should really take a look at what is really important to us.
The shopping, hosting, wrapping, shipping, cooking, designing, decorating, mailing, entertaining, and baking may be things you enjoy. But when there’s a time limit, a money limit, and, let’s be honest, an energy limit, the things you love can start to turn into things you dread. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas
This is where Kathi Lipp enters the picture. If you have read any of her other books, you will know there will be projects involved. The projects are simple enough to be completed in a short amount of time, but big enough to make an impact on our calendar so we do the activities that are important to us, and give us margin to find freedom from the hamster wheel and rest for our soul.
- Get Get Yourself Organized for Christmas and read pages 9-13.
- Skim through the projects and decide if there are any you can skip or need to skip this year.
- Ask and answer these questions to your family members:
- What does your “perfect” Christmas look like?
- What activities would you eliminate from your Christmas to-do list?
- What activities would you keep on your to-do list?
- Were you surprised by your family member’s answers?
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