This year I don’t want Christmas to “sneak up on me”, so I thought I’d make a Christmas Gift Calender – and share it with you 🙂
Where I live in Greece, the weather is still very mild for this time of year, more like a first spring after the summer drought – hard to believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away. And Aï Basilis, the Greek version of Father Christmas, comes on New Year…
In order to jump-start myself – and perhaps you, too 🙂 – I’ve decided on the following Theme of the Month for December: “The Gift of Your Time”.
On this page:
♣ The idea
♣ “Making time” vs. “Finding time”
♣ The 30 Day Christmas Gift Calender
♣ Today = Putting on the Sorting Hat
… is to spend a little time each day reserved exclusively for making a gift for someone.
I love making gifts for others because while doing that I can relax and connect with them in thoughts and feelings, so, in the end, gift-making-time is also me-time.
I don’t want to start stressing myself with have-to’s or should-do’s, so the first thing is to decide on how much time I can make. As I want to do this every day, the minimum amount of time has to be reasonably low so I can keep it up.
If I want to do more, fine – but I decide that this “overtime”
- is voluntary
- may neither be used for making up missed days, nor for working ahead
- must remain fun and not turn into stress
You see, the idea is to really do a little bit every single day 🙂
But the other important point is “connecting” – with the recipient of the gift, but also with my Self. That’s why I decided on a second “rule”: No multitasking during that Quiet Time! I don’t have TV anyway, but I tend to have lots of other stuff flitting through my mind, like what else I got to do today or tomorrow or next or…
I want to give a gift of love, not of stress or worry 🙂
“Making time” vs. “Finding time”
“Made” time is far more likely to be used for what it’s intended – “finding time”, at least for me, usually means that what I wanted to do gets put on the back burner, until the back burner runs out of gas…
Made time is dedicated time. By making time I make a date I make with myself, and I give it high priority.
The 30 Day Christmas Gift Calender
Today is 20th November, more than 30 days until Christmas, but I need a couple of days to get organised, and I don’t want to stress myself – there are often other things that come up “last minute”.
I don’t believe in making plans (they tend to go wrong…), but I find flexible strategies very helpful for sorting my mind – and guiding my attention to what I can do and want to do.
And writing in down helps me to stop thinking about it or changing my mind until I’ve run out of time for doing it 😉
It also helps me to discover whether I’m making gifts with love and joy, or from a feeling of obligation.
Today = Putting on the Sorting Hat
- Deciding on how much Quiet Time I want to give to making gifts each day: I’ll go with half an hour, that’s 15 hours in 30 days.
- Deciding for whom/how many people I want to make gifts with a time resource of 15 hours. Will it be a bigger gift for one person? Or would I rather make smaller gifts for a few people? Or very small gifts for many people? Or a mix? Are they gifts for single persons, or couples, or families?
- Once I know that, I consider by when the gifts needs to be ready. Some gifts need to be shipped, hand-crafted cards to be posted.
- With that in mind, I re-evaluate what I can do, time wise.
You might have noticed that I haven’t thought yet about what gifts I want to make. That will come tomorrow. For today, I focus only people and on the time available.
This way I program my mind to subconsciously zoom in on projects that are doable within the given time instead of resorting to wishful thinking. I give my mind time to come up with some nice suggestions tomorrow, when I ask it to 😉
What do you think? Are you joining in?
If yes, then please feel free to download The 30 Day Christmas Gift Calender with worksheets – 10 pages, as a printable pdf.
I hope you’ll find this gift from me to you helpful 🙂
Garrison Photography, Boise, ID