Merry Christmas season, everyone!
As I mentioned at the start of November, the day after Halloween kicks off my Christmas season. I start the Christmas music, prepare/make my Christmas decorations and watch my Christmas movies, but I do wait until after Thanksgiving to put up the Christmas tree, make gingerbread cookies, and put up decorations.
Earlier today, I was trying to think of some goals for December. November was a blur of weekend trips and getting the house ready for Turkey Day guests, and for the first time since we've moved here, I have no desire to start any projects right now. Instead, I've allowed myself to take naps after school, play Scrabble with Deric, and just do nothing if I want. At first I felt guilty for not being productive with my time, but then I realized-- those house projects I give myself don't matter to anyone but me. Sure they're "productive", but they're not essential. (And really Ashley, what's more important: a project or time with your husband?!)
So I'm giving myself a break from my usual monthly goals for December. Instead of trying to get a million things done, I'm going to try to slow down and enjoy the holidays. Rather than consume my thoughts with all the projects I have pinned on Pinterest (and there's a lot of 'em), I'm going to purposely try to think more about heavenly matters than earthly, try to talk to God more during my day. I easily get caught up in superficial things and its no different with Christmas, but what better season to try to refocus? So I guess I do have one goal for December: remember the reason that Jesus came to live on earth and the joy that we have in His sacrifice!