Never too early to wisely plan ahead for Christ­mas

The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint -

You’ll prob­a­bly think some­thing is wrong with me, but I’m al­ready dread­ing Christ­mas, although it’s still months away. We al­ways spend too much, and we wear our­selves out en­ter­tain­ing. How can we make Christ­mas less hec­tic?

Q: A: — Mrs. J.S.

There’s noth­ing wrong with you; I sus­pect many read­ers are al­ready dread­ing Christ­mas — and for the same rea­sons you are. It shouldn’t be this way, of course; Christ­mas should be a time of joy and peace.

First, take prac­ti­cal steps to sched­ule your time wisely, and also to get your spend­ing un­der con­trol. I know that’s eas­ier said than done, but now is the time to plan ahead and think through what you’ll do (and not do) — not when you get in the midst of the sea­son’s busy­ness. Make a bud­get — and stick to it. Learn to say “no” to things you don’t re­ally need to do.

The most im­por­tant thing you can do, how­ever, is to re­cover the true mean­ing of Christ­mas. At Christ­mas we cel­e­brate the birth of Je­sus Christ, who came down from Heaven to save us from our sins and bring us back to God. If you have never done so, turn to Je­sus Christ and by faith ask him to come into your life — and he will. Then make Christ the cen­ter of your Christ­mas. Take time ev­ery day to read about his birth from the Bible, and to thank God for the gift of his son.

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