Went to church for our Christmas production rehearsal and found they started decorating for Christmas! I just love it. There’s something about Christmas decorations that just puts a smile on my face.
So here’s another tip for my single ladies for the holidays. Deck the halls 🙂
Decorate! Pinterestify (that’s a word, right?) your home or room or cubicle or locker. Be one of those people who play Christmas music before Thanksgiving. And if you’re not in the US, what’s Thanksgiving anyway?
But don’t stress.
The point is to get in the mood, in the swing of the holidays. To change your surroundings and shake up your routines. To place physical reminders around you about the reason for the season: the immeasurable love of God that sent His son to Earth for you.
You. So loved. So desired. So forgiven.
Deck the halls for yourself.
Because you have always wanted to try that one DIY project.
Because trimming a tree with homemade ornaments take you back to pleasant memories.
Because you have a box of decorations that begs to be opened.
Because you went to the Dollar Store and ideas are swirling in your head.
Don’t decorate for others unless it feeds your soul (instead of stressing you out). If so, then why not try that DIY project with a group of friends. Why not have a tree trimming party or an ornament swap party.
Or a shoebox packing party.
Bam! Another tip for your holiday guide. Say what?!?
Check out Operation Christmas Child on how you can pack a shoebox and change the life of a child.
This will by my 4th year doing this, and I also love it. For an entire year, I’m on the lookout for deals and sales. I get a lot of items for less than $1 at the Dollar Spot in Target or the Clearance section in a supermarket. I bought children’s beanies for $0.90 each in a Clearance section during the summer. I bought less than $1 school supplies in Target during Back-to-School week.
And the Dollar Store has items galore! From toys to clothes to accessories, as well as shoebox shaped plastic containers. It’s really very easy to pack a shoebox with new gift items for a child who may never have received a gift in his/her entire life.
And for you DIYers out there, you can place a handmade item in a shoebox as well! I knit and I’ve placed scarves and hats in shoeboxes.
You can gather your friends together and host a shoebox packing party, but the time is running out. Next week (Nov 17-24) is the National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Go check out their website for more information and lots of ideas, including ways to pack a shoebox ONLINE.
And this is not a paid post. I know I sound like I’m pushing OCC like a paid blogger. I’m not getting anything out of telling you about OCC, but I’m hoping that you would join me in changing the life of a child for the better.