No. Really! I started this blog because I was fed up with being rushed through my favorite holiday. I disliked arriving at New Year’s Day every year without having made and enjoyed some of my favorite Christmas goodies, without having guests come to my decorated house, without having watched Christmas specials with my family and enjoying mugs of hot cocoa because I had work projects demanding my attention, and without attending some of my favorite Christmas activities like live nativity events and Christmas light displays.
Enough of the staying up till 2 or 3am Christmas mornings doing the gift wrap thing and cramming gifts into old holidays bags because it’s late, I’m exhausted, and I don’t care anymore!
Enough serving Christmas breakfast for lunch because I overslept (due to that late night gift-wrapping nightmare) and having Christmas dinner at 4pm!
Enough putting away my Advent wreath after forgetting to light the candles in the hustle and bustle of the season, telling myself I’ll get it right next time.
I want to not only enjoy the holiday but make memories as well. I want to wallow in Christmas and truly revel in the lights, music, beauty, and festivity and dwell on the miracle of a Savior born in a manger!
Christmas preparations aren’t limited to December. With Christmas All Year Long, I’m less likely to procrastinate. I’m mindful of things I can do to prepare in advance, whether it’s stocking up on gifts, cards, gift wrap, and paper products, or crafting, menu planning, party planning, and more. It doesn’t take that much time when it’s spread over a year. That frees up my time in December to enjoy the sights, sounds, aromas, and flavors of the season and spend time with loved ones.
Wouldn’t you rather spend the holiday season focusing on what you enjoy most rather than on a long to-do list that stresses you out? Join me in preparing for the Christmas celebration of your dreams. Spend a little time on Christmas all year long!