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Week 4: Planning for Christmas

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by an endless To-Do list before Christmas? Since I became a mom, I have always wanted to make Gingerbread man cookies with my children, but since I had never done it before, I had no time to search for a recipe and try it, so this idea has postponed to the following year and the next year until sixteen years later. It was last Christmas that my son asked me if we could make some Gingerbread men. About time! And so we did! It was such an enjoyable experience, and we plan to continue baking Gingerbread man this year. I need to add this to my plans.

Planning is key to reducing stress and anxiety. My mom always says, ‘If I do not plan, I have already planned to fail’. So last week, I shared about Christmas Traditions and if you have listed a few traditions that you would like to enjoy this Christmas, add this into the plan.

How do I plan?

First, I get a calendar for November and December. (A digital or paper calendar will both work depending on your preference.) Next, I refer to my list of activities or tasks and mark it in my calendar, similar to creating an appointment or event. It helps when I add this task to a specific day and time. Finally, I share my calendar with the Christmas plans to the rest of my family, which is necessary if I want to get them involved, and they can decide if they would like to join in the fun and celebration.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Ask your family if anyone has something in their hearts that they would like to do this Christmas. You will be surprised by their ideas. Since we are at the planning stage, gather all their suggestions and list down tasks. Mark it down in your calendar, and you have a plan.
  2. Remember to be flexible and allow plans to change when necessary.
  3. Take a look at your calendar. Try not to overload your schedule.
  4. You are essential, so take time out to rest and enjoy the season.

I am a ‘list’ type of person. Making lists helps me remember and organise my thoughts and store information, especially during a busy season like the Christmas holidays. So start making your list today.

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