December 1. Just think, in one month…shopping, Christmas, advent, 2011–it will all be behind us. We’ll be sitting at the kitchen table staring at leftover nachos and scratching out a list of resolutions for 2012. Did you know that most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions in mid-February? Well, I have decided that December is the new January.
It’s time for December Resolutions.
I don’t know about you, but in this house, Christmas starts on American thanksgiving. This means for one month, our shopping, eating, sleeping and social habits turn into exceptions. I buy Starbucks (because it’s Christmas and I have to have a mint mocha..tis the season, right?), we eat out more, we buy presents, watch (too many) movies and attend parties, concerts and of course, trek to my parents house. While I love the chaos, I don’t want the first week of January to be one of “OMG. What just happened?” as I survey dirty laundry and unwatered plants and an extra 5 lbs.
I’ve given this about one day’s worth of thought. It’s not too elaborate, but here is my resolution: moderation. I resolve to celebrate Christmas primarily as the remembrance of Christ’s birth, and to do so in a moderate and balanced fashion.
I’m not exactly sure what this means (which is a great set-up for failure in the resolution department. But it’s 11 pm and nothing intelligent happens for me after 10 pm.), but I think it will mainly be in four areas:
–Sleep. Somehow December usually means sleep-deprivation. Papers, exams, travel, LOTR marathons, New Year’s Eve…this year I’ll endeavor to not have too many all-nighters, and remember that I do in fact, require sleep.
–Food. Christmas baking can reach Olympic proportions in this family. I resolve to remember that food is yummy and tasty and that I really don’t NEED to eat a batch of ginger cookies to “tide myself over” before dinner. Food is enjoyed slowly and in moderation. Even Peppermint Joe-Joe’s.
–Money. I hate the mall. I hate my visa bill on January 15. I hate buying presents made by enslaved children in Africa or India. I resolve to carefully consider my purchases, buy second-hand, local, free-trade or to give gifts of donations to meaningful charities.
–Love. Christmas is the time to remember that Love “came down at Christmas“. I want to spend time getting to know God and preparing to really celebrate. I want to spend time sharing my hopes and fears and joys with my family, not cutting off strangers in the mall parking lot.
Ambitious? I think so. [Also, this song is beautiful. And the album is fantastic. Mad props to my brother, John, for introducing me to High Street Hymns]