I don't know about you, but I feel like November flew by and I'm not sure how we are about a month away from Christmas. I mean, I've done a few things to prepare, like plan for our Christmas party, our outside lights are out, and I've ordered our Christmas cards (and they have arrived), but I have exactly one gift purchased (and it's for Dave!!) and feel as though I have no clue about what to get most people on my list. I am always amazed that each Christmas season feels different to me, sometimes I've got that Christmas playlist cued up to start on November 1 and other years I don't feel like celebrating at all. Some Christmas seasons are blow outs and some are quiet and still. I feel like this year will be wonderful but I'm just not there yet, so it may be a gradual build up.
The one constant however is always Jesus. This is the time to prepare for his birth, advent starts next Sunday! Regardless of how you're feeling about this coming Christmas feeling, don't leave out a time to reflect on what Jesus means to you. Maybe He has never been a central feature in your celebrations, or maybe He always is.
For me, I will make an effort to not just plough ahead and spend all of the money on whatever gifts I end up buying and running from party to party (of which we actually have some this year!), I will try and calmly approach the season, appreciating the greatest gift that God is about to give us, his Son. If you celebrate Christmas, I urge you to do the same.