You may think it a tad bit crazy to start thinking about Christmas in September, but I’d like to encourage you to start now in your holiday planning because the more plans you put in motion now, the more wonderfully relaxed and blessed the Christmas season will be for you.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Think about how you would like the coming season to look, taste, feel, smell. Consider family traditions you already have established and new ones you would like to start. Consider how Autumn will trail into Winter and Thanksgiving into Christmas. Where will your family’s focus be?
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Start practicing hospitality and charity and let it flow through the Christmas season and on into the New Year. Begin now!
Use the dying leaves to teach your children about a dying world, desperately in need of a Savior.
Take nature walks and marvel in God’s handiwork, His love for us poured out and molded into every branch, every blade of grass, every wispy cloud and woven web.
Determine to slow down and listen to the Lord. There is hope. There is joy. There is One who has come and will come again. In our anticipation of the celebration, may we understand the sacrifice.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Determine to look upward. Determine to look inward. Surrender your schedule. Surrender your school. Surrender your everything because He is your everything.
I encourage you to dig deep this Fall and be purposeful as you plan. There are some wonderful resources available to help you in this mission (and some of the links below are affiliate links) like this week’s Bundle of the Week:
or my very favorite Holiday Planner:
or sites like Organized Christmas.
Use the resources you have (even if it is just a piece of paper and a pen!) and be purposeful in your planning this year!
And next week I’m going to be giving away 3 copies of my favorite Holiday planner, so stay tuned and let the Christmas planning begin!