Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Christmas already!?!

It was bad enough to see Christmas trees up in our Sam's Club in SEPTEMBER! Not to mention WalMart and JCPenneys. Now here it is October 3rd, and I haven't even started thinking about Christmas this year. Usually by now, I have at least some shopping done on Ebay, and a list sent to my mom with gift ideas for the kids. This year I'm drawing a blank. (The truth is I think the kids have enough toys already, and I don't want to have to find a place for any more. Hmm. Maybe I should list some toys on Ebay when we get back to make some room.)

What has me thinking about Christmas already? The blame falls squarely on my sister this time. She sent me a second email asking what our plans are for Christmas. (I conveniently forgot to answer the first one and let it become buried in my inbox.) This email included an updated baby registry with ideas for my 10 month old niece for her birthday (12/1) and for Christmas.

What I really want is to find a way to simplify Christmas, to focus on God's gift, and to block out a lot of the unnecessary hustle and bustle (and stress).

Step 1. I hereby refuse to think about Christmas for another 12 days (until after vacation).

Step 2. I'll figure that out when I get to it. Now to go do some packing.

2 comments:

LisaWA said...

I read a wonderful article about 4 years ago.... and it inspired me to also keep our focus of Christmas on Christ....

to make a long article short *Ü* Our children receive 3 gifts.... Gold ( the big gift) frankincense ( a spiritual gift of some type.... first bible, devotion... music.. what have you) Mur would be something of fragrance.... perfume.... candles... cologne... just something special and sweet. Doesn’t have to be smelly… just an awe moment.

Here is the link to the article…..
http://www.christianitytoday.com/cpt/2002/005/1.30.html

Peace~ Lisawa

LisaWA said...

I forgot to mention.... it was strange for the kids... just a little that first year.... but now... they look forward to it and are appreciative. *Ü* They are blessed and I am sure it will become a tradition in their homes as they get older.

Lisawa