Long before there were organizing experts or special stores devoted solely to organizing, my mom had set up my dresser drawers with separate shoe boxes for socks and “unmentionables.” She color-coded the photo albums, school folders, and even bath towels. Christmas was no exception for her organizational skill. Mom made lists in September and had her shopping done before Thanksgiving. Nearly 80 Christmas cards were hand-addressed, signed in her perfect penmanship, and sent on the Friday after Christmas. The every box of Christmas decorations was clearly labeled and the wrapping was finished long before Christmas Eve.
I am grateful that some of that organization has filtered down to her daughter, but I sometimes wish that my Christmas (and my closets!) were a little more organized. I believe the key to organization is prior planning and lots of lists (so the information doesn’t have to stay in my head!). If you’re looking for some tips to better organize your Christmas celebrations, check out organizedchristmas.com. You’ll find a Christmas countdown with a daily assignment, holiday tips, recipes, and printable forms for a budget, gifts, Christmas cards, menus, and lots more. (There are enough forms to keep you busy until next Christmas!) Certainly it isn’t necessary to fill out each form, but I find it helpful to choose forms that apply to the most unorganized areas of my Christmas celebration. When I make notes, it helps me better use my time and resources to accomplish my goals. This year I plan to use the Ornament Journal to record the history of special ornaments that hang on our tree and the Holiday Menu Planner.
Most of all, don’t let the enemy of our soul use disorganization to steal your joy and paralyze you. Choose not to compare yourself to anyone else and remember you are a precious daughter of the King of Kings. His love for you isn’t based on your organizational skills. Ask God to give you direction and help you make a plan. Do the best you can with the time and money you have, but don’t forget to choose to be fully present in the moment. Find joy in the chaos of decorating; find joy in the long (and sometimes loud!) trip to visit relatives; find joy in being with friends; find joy in remembering Jesus who was born to give us life, and life more abundantly. (John 10:10)