I actually went out on Black Friday this year. Not late Thursday, not early Friday, but at some time during the day I set out to buy a winter coat. And to take the suspense off, I found one. And yes, it was a great deal.
When my husband and I were walking through the mall though, it dawned on me that now, with Thanksgiving behind us, everybody jumped right into the Christmas preparation frenzy.
We clean; we bake; we decorate; we celebrate early; we organize; we freak out a little; and we buy, buy, buy.
And with all this prep, we forget to prepare our minds, souls, and hearts.
Of course, we stress with our kids constantly that Christmas is not all about presents. We talk all the time to not stress about those worldly things. Yet here we are, browsing sales relentlessly; getting nervous because we don’t know what to get the cousin, friend, or spouse; having a nervous breakdown about when to schedule Christmas dinner.
How can it not be all about the stuff and the glitter if that’s all we are consumed by? Even if we chose NOT to buy much, than we persistently talk about THAT.
So here’s an idea. Maybe we just enjoy the fact that there are lights, and cookies, and lots or few presents. AND we put some time aside, EVERY DAY, and read, talk, sing, pray. Feed our souls, minds, and hearts. And open ourselves to the real meaning of Christmas. So that we are truly prepared on the 25th.
P.S. Have you gotten your copy of Charlie and Noel: An Advent Calendar Story
yet? It’s not too late…