the single biggest help to ordering our days aright has been including margin as a part of our rhythm–a space for shoes to be lost + found, for people to be sick or grumpy, a little extra time just to breathe.
and really the image of the breath can be so helpful here: in and out. a time for stillness + motion. a time for quiet + noise. a time for solitude + togetherness. a time for being + doing. a time for rest + action.
as you plan for both actions, Advent can become a time of real rest and preparation instead of an endless bunch of obligations that leave you harried, ready for Christmas to be finished before the baby’s even come.