I’ll be honest and say I’m not. I never am at this point, though this year I think I’m almost ready for it to be over.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Jesus. And I love celebrating His birth. I DON’T love seeing Christmas decorations for four months. I refuse to put the tree up before Thanksgiving. And I’ve only just relented to putting it up before the calendar flips to December. And then it comes down the 26th or 27th (if I can make it that long).
Yep, I’m one of those.
But to be fair, November is a busy month. We have two birthdays and Thanksgiving within two weeks of each other. Sometimes my second son’s birthday actually falls on Thanksgiving Day (because he was BORN on Thanksgiving).
This year I’ve added an extra pressure to myself by doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which you may have heard of before. If not, it’s when writers everywhere try to write 50,000 words in the month of November. That equates to little more than 1500 words per day (with no days off). And to break it down further that’s about six 8×10 pages (each page equals about 250 words). So six pages/1500+ a day, 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s time consuming and sometimes a little stressful.
So…November is busy.
And then December rolls around. Christmas parties. Christmas decorating. Christmas shopping. Wrapping presents. Busy, Busy, Busy. You feel it too, don’t you? We’ve become so busy fulfilling the wishes of family, bosses, or the masses that we forget the one whom we are celebrating.
My little picture here, illustrates what I mean. Jesus is in there somewhere, but with all the other things fighting for our attention, He gets relegated to the sidelines. Those other things are brighter, more in your face. Jesus waits patiently and quietly.
So, now that November is almost passed, what are you going to do to MAKE December different than it’s been before?
I’m going to make sure I
- spend more time conversing with the Father.
- make Jesus the focus of our celebration.
- pray more fervently for my family.
- love on those around me.
- give smiles and greetings even when people are grumpy.
What change will YOU make this year?