Did you buy your Christmas cards on December 26 last year? Or get your wrapping paper on sale? Never mind; you can make up for turning last year’s card fronts into post cards or just emailing cards. Use leftover fabric or a gift towel as gift wrapping.
Last year’s decorations might be a bit squashed. Don’t worry. Once everything is out and on, no body will care. You can dim the lights too by using LED lights and timers.
Buy a giant box of cookies or chocolates (or both) and split them up onto pretty plates. That way, one house gift becomes many.
Beware creating an atmosphere of stuffopolis. The kids don’t need everything, every time, all the time. Batteries still rule. Parents of young children (or other givers to young children!), buy batteries by the boxful. And by all means don’t do this.
This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No—but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can. (2 Corinthians 2:16-17, MSG)
Prayer – Thanks Lord, that when we have the opportunity to speak of the Christ, you give us the courage to use it. Amen