How Early Is Too Early To Get Into The Holiday Spirit?

How Early Is Too Early To Get Into The Holiday Spirit?

Waiting just might be better to prepare for the most wonderful time of year.

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October is wrapping up. Halloween is almost over. The weather is slowly starting to become colder. The pumpkins are out, leaves have fallen, and the sun is setting earlier. Aside from the Halloween stuff, you see other themed merchandise, slowly starting to creep up on the shelves.

That stuff is no other then holiday decorations and ornaments. As it's been for years, once October concludes and November commences, the Christmas lights, stockings, menorahs, and other holiday-themed products, get put out. Aisles are then filled with them. Some stores even began playing Christmas music. Majority of retailers also carry more merchandise related to the holidays then they do for Thanksgiving.

Despite it being before Christmas, Hannukkah and Kwanza, more themed products can be seen available for them, then for turkey day itself. Although you might not find as many decorations or other themed stuff for the celebration, how early is too early to prepare for the holidays? Here are reasons why waiting until after Thanksgiving to get into the spirit, might be more helpful.

1. Allows you to be more appreciative

Times have changed. Due to retailers opening their doors before Black Friday, people are focusing less on what they have and more on what they want. If they waited, then society would take the time to appreciate what they have and even what's around them. Every second being with family, would count even more.

2. More can be made out of the holiday

It use to be, eat, spend time with family, then go shopping. That pattern has differed. Instead, it has become eat, then go shopping. The wait for the deals is quickly starting to cease. Six O' Clock, has become the hour to leave. To depart at a time, when many feasts once commenced. Waiting can make a difference. Especially when it consists of seeing those, who you don't get to see as much.

3. One can relax before the rush

Once the the turkey is done, the last football games ends, the 11pm news wraps up, and the day finishes, the decorations, lights, ornaments, and so much more, appear. the sales begin popping up. Some retailers, even start following, especially those in malls. Merchandise vanishes. As indicated earlier in this listicle, we already start seeing those things, due to little waiting. Next thing you know, the rush comes, and relaxation doesn't exist. It takes it's hiatus until January. Holding up would give us this luxury without a hiatus.

4. The moment would be seized better

As humans, we are always told to seize the moment. Enjoy it, while it lasts. To focus on the present, and not the past or even future. Since the rush to go holiday shopping begins weeks in advance and everything related to it, pops up on store shelves months earlier, lots of attention is focused on that. This leaves more set preparing then enjoying.

5. One can be financially better

As the end of the year approaches, money gets spent left and right. Between the decorations, gifts, candles, food, and even alcohol, there's no saving. Yes you might not be spending as much, thanks to discounts however, your still spending. Despite their being a pro to getting that stuff earlier, it is better to wait. By doing so, more saving can be geared toward those things. Saving can also help in the long run and prevent you from any post-holiday financial issues, one has or might encounter.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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My Experience With Guardian Angels

They help you get through life.

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I vividly remember the day in Sunday school where our teacher talked to us about guardian angels.

"They help you through life," she said. "They want you to go to heaven."

I can remember thinking how cool it was that there was an angel just for me. Someone to help me through life and be there for me when I was hurt. We were given guardian angel coloring sheets and I happily colored mine all sorts of different colors, then proudly hung it up in my room where it stayed for years until I put it in a keepsake box where it is to this day.

That day in Sunday school made me much more aware of the symbolic representations of angels in our culture. I would walk around in the stores and find the little statues of angels that you put in your garden and show them to my mom or dad. I would look at the stained glass windows at Church that had angels all over them and trace them with my fingers. My favorite time of the year has always been Christmas because of all of the angel decorations that would be displayed across yards and the ornaments that would be all over our tree.

Another reason I loved Christmas so much was because we would go to my grandma's house and she would have a plethora of angels all over her house.

This newfound obsession with guardian angels made me believe that I could see mine. I was a very shy, quiet kid so many of my friends were imaginary friends who I would play with. One of my imaginary friends was my guardian angel, who I pictured as a little girl around the same age as me with blonde hair and bright blue eyes.

She was with me through many of my childhood adventures. If I was on the swing set, she'd be in the swing next to me. If I was playing with toys, I'd always leave her one. If I had a glass of juice, she'd have one too.

As I got older, I came out of my shell more and my guardian angel began to appear less and less. When I reached high school I had basically forgotten about her, even though I still wholeheartedly believed in guardian angels.

Until one day when I was coming back from a swim team practice. My brother was driving me and my younger brother home. I was in the passenger seat, barely paying attention to the road in front of me because I was reading a text message on my phone. Somehow, I decided to look up just in time to see that my brother had been distracted and started to drift into the oncoming lane of traffic where a truck was heading straight towards us. I panicked and grabbed the wheel just in time to serve back onto the correct lane.

And somehow, in my state of panic, I noticed in the corner of my eye the same little girl with blonde hair, blue eyes that I had always pictured as my guardian angel was standing on the sidewalk next to the road. When I looked back there was no one there.

While I can't confirm that this little girl was my guardian angel, it was still a crazy experience. I've thought a lot about what happened that day and found comfort in the fact that there may be an angel looking out for me.

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