Carving Your Christmas…Elephant?! Part 6

December 1, 2009 at 8:50 am 2 comments

BITE 8 – MEMORABLE TRADITIONS (backbone of the elephant) Tradition saves TIME – TEMPER – TENSION.

Traditions bind our families together. They are comforting. It takes time to build lasting relationships, especially in these times when we are so busy / specialized / and transient.

Traditions can help us know WHO WE ARE and BUILD SELF ESTEEM. They can give a feeling of continuity / security / and joy in Christmases to come.

Traditions passed down from generation to generation will give us ROOTS. They may be very involved or very simple. But, they need to be REEVALUATED from time to time. The most important thing about Christmas traditions is that you have some to USE / ENJOY / CHANGE / DISCARD (if need be.)

Before you know it – it’s all over!

BITE 9 – TIME TO DIGEST

It’s Dec. 26 – whew! It’s all over….now what? EVALUATE… and begin plans for next year. I encourage you to take inventory SOON after Christmas while the activities are still fresh in your mind. WRITE NOTES ON NEXT DECEMBER’S CALENDAR!

  • What worked?
  • What didn’t?
  • What needs changing?
  • What was wonderful?
  • What wasn’t?
  • Was God glorified?

Evaluating helps us to refocus.

In the beginning, Christmas was essentially a day of spiritual observance, without any of the fanfare and color we now have.

There were no bells / no carols / no lighted trees / no big banquets.

Some claim the added commercialism, frolic, and fun detract from the original intent. (The birth of the Savoir!)

I believe we can enjoy these traditions, taking in the glitter / gifts / parties / food, and still enjoy the peace / goodwill / joy / happiness / and spirituality…..IF

  • IF we can maintain a pleasant attitude…
  • IF we can organize so the holiday doesn’t steal time or $ needed for other necessities…
  • IF we can gain control of how many extra obligations we take into our lives.

It is a special challenge to keep the gift giving and receiving in its proper perspective and to keep all those materialistic thoughts and desires tucked away where they belong, so that the true meaning can be remembered as the first and foremost purpose of this season.

You CAN do it, but it takes a lot of planningpreparationperseverance prayer!

Some information gleaned from “76 Ways to Get Organized for Christmas: and make it special too” by Bonnie McCullough

Contributed by Organized A to Z partner Judy Warmington. Judy is owner of Woman Time Management in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. She is also partners her business with Treva Berends of The Organizing Specialists, a Professional Organizing business that trains new organizers and then manages them in a referral network. They have trained over 300 new organizers from 25 different states. Judy is a member of NAPO and Faithful Organizers. Learn more about Judy and her services at either http://www.womantimemanagement.com or http://www.theorganizingspecialists.com.

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Entry filed under: Holidays/Special Events.

Carving Your Christmas… Elephant?! Part 5 A Holiday Poem

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. HGGirl  |  December 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I love all the organization tips, but please be aware that not all your readers are Christian. Many people celebrate the love and family togetherness of the holidays with different, or even no religious connotations. Especially in this economy, you may want to be careful not to alienate potential customers….

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    • 2. organizedatoz  |  December 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

      HGGirl…thanks for taking the time to comment on our Blog. A great deal of our Blog content comes from the over 700 Professional Organizer Partners that we have around the world. It is reviewed prior to posting, but never censured. While I myself am proud to be a Christian, I understand that this world is made up of people of many faiths and beliefs. I would welcome an article on how to get organized for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, sadly no one has submitted one. If you have some suggestions on how you get organized for your seasonal celebrations I would be happy to share them with my readers. My mission is to get the message out about organizing and the benefits that it provides. I wish you only the best this Holiday Season and hope that you will come back for more organizing tips and suggestions (and maybe even share a few tips that work for you!)

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