Friday, September 13, 2013
Christmas? In September?
I haven't even gotten the kids Halloween costumes yet. And what about Thanksgiving? School supplies are still out at our local drug store.
I am guilty of pushing this holiday too. In the past I've posted very early (October?) "I'm shopping for Christmas" posts.
And being organized and proactive is a good thing!! If I find something throughout the year that I think would make a great Christmas gift for someone, I buy it and stash it away (and sometimes forget that I already got that person a gift - DOH!).
But THIS year, I'm taking it easy. Sure, I've already thought about what I might get the boys for Christmas. But I haven't started shopping and I'm not going to until the season gets closer. Much, much closer.
See Christmas isn't really about the gifts, the cookies, the tree, the parties, the cards, the food. It's not. If you are a religious person, then you already know that it's about Jesus. If you are a religious person, you need to make sure not to get to hung up on the "hoopla".
We've all seen this reminder:
Yes, that secular stuff is fun and I do it for the kids. But I also need to make sure that my kids know exactly what we're celebrating and how we should really be celebrating it. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus. And that's the only important thing to concentrate on. As a Catholic mom, it's my job to make sure that we don't leave Jesus out of Christmas.
So this year I've decided to push all that other stuff to the background and bring Jesus back to the forefront. I will still do all the other things. The kids love it. I love it. But I'm not going to get wrapped up in it. I'm not going to get lost in it.
I understand why K-Mart is doing a lay-a-way add now. But I don't like it. If we really need to start planning the holidays 3 months in advance, then we're doing it wrong.