There’s always someone who mentions Christmas in August, but I’ve become very good at putting things on my calendar and ignoring the seed of panic that’s planted.

At the beginning of November, there’s always a helpful person who will point out—not knowing about the landmine they’re about to thrust me into—that there are only X days until Thanksgiving, or Advent, or Christmas.

preparing for advent

I used to think that panic had to follow. But then, a few years ago, I made myself stop dreading Christmas for the four weeks prior. Instead of gripping the arms of my chair and screaming, I tried a different approach.

That approach involved forgetting that, to the rest of the world, the four weeks before Christmas ARE the Christmas season. I had to realize that Advent is worthy of its own preparation and it exists to help me better celebrate Christmas.

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