I know, it feels early to be wishing one another a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. But it’s not! I don’t know about you, but time is literally flying by for me. The truth is that we are just a few weeks away from the holiday season.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful times of the year. There are cherished memories of past celebrations that we hold dear, as well as current expectations for how things will turn out this year.

For many, life is different this year than last. Things may be better, prayers answered in the way hoped for, and reasons to celebrate with loved ones. For a lot people though, the upcoming holiday season is met with saddness, loss and uncertainty. Financial changes may also be a concern as the expenses of the holidays start to present themselves.

Whether you are excited or already worried about the holidays to come, it is important to set aside some quiet time to think about what worked last year and what do you need to do different this year. Set realistic goals and expections; especially around relationships. If Uncle Joe was difficult to be around last year, he probably will be again this year! So how can you take care of yourself? Regarding finances, create a budget and stick to it as best you can. On your calendar, block out time for relaxing and rest. Take charge of the things that are within your control.

Above everything else, keep things simple so that more of your focus can be on the One who deserves it most.