It’s “the most wonderful time of the year” (cue the Christmas carols), but we can all get a little frazzled in the lead up to the 25th of December.
From the different Christmas parties throughout December, the financial strain when it comes to presents and catering, and the busyness everywhere you go – we can often forget why we celebrate Christmas.
It’s a pretty monumental event, having the world (well a large majority of it) stop to take time to commemorate a child who was born in a humble little stable.
Consumerism has taken advantage of such a beautiful and important moment in time, which means that the focus can be taken off of Christ’s birth, and put onto purchasing the perfect gift for each person.
To keep you a bit less stressed, and to help you keep your focus on Christ this time of year, here’s some things you can do to help you stay on top of things!
1. Shop Online
We live in an age where you don’t have to physically leave the house to get things like shopping done. From grocery shopping at major super market chains, to finding that perfect gift for your family members – you can do it from the comfort of your home! If you just can’t manage to get the kids in the car and behaving, or late Thursday night shopping doesn’t work for you, take some time to surf the net in the evening after dinner, or even in your lunch break at work and get it delivered. But make sure you do it soon so if there’s any delays you’ll still get it in time.
2. Don’t leave things to the last minute
If you leave things to the last minute, you already know that you’re setting yourself up for a stressful shopping experience. There will be crowds, stuff will be sold out and you’ll be looking for a parking spot for ages! Don’t unnecessarily create any potential strain on your Christmas experience, and get ahead while there’s still time!
Order the ham and turkey now, book your hair appointment while spots are available, get the present shopping out of the way and your December calendar organised so you know what you can and can’t commit to.
3. Ask for help and delegate
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Ask your family members to drop by the shops to get something on your list when they’re passing by next. See if someone else can cook one night so that you can get on top of things. Or maybe you could ask someone else to wrap the presents (even if they’re not as good at wrapping as you). It can be pretty overwhelming when you don’t have help – so make sure you actually ask for it.
4. Have some Christmas Carols (or Rhema FM) playing around the house.
Sing praises to our God, recounting of Christs birth, to keep yourself focused on the true meaning of Christmas. Set the right tone around your home and make sure that Christ is in the centre, not the commercialised aspects of Christmas. Hopefully this will help keep you calm and at peace.
Enjoy your time with family and friends, but try not to get caught up in the hectic nature of the holiday season! Plan ahead now and thank yourself later! Merry Christmas!