Have you looked around the stores lately? The holidays are just around the corner! I’m sure you’ve seen the signs. I’ve been seeing Halloween candy for sale since August. Even the Christmas decorations are creeping in. In a few short weeks, most of us will either be deep in Holiday Denial or in a panic that we won’t be able to get it all done. I’m like most of you in that I struggle to find a nice balance between achieving the "perfect" holidays and still being able to actually enjoy them myself. Over the next few weeks, I think I’ll share some of the ways that I have learned to take back the holidays. This has been on my mind to do for a couple of weeks now and so it was very timely that today I received an email from my friend Elizabeth. She wrote an article for Catholic Online about preparing for the holidays by spending time in prayer and meditation. In the article, she talks about starting the holiday season by focusing not on ourselves and our endless "to do" lists, but instead, on turning our thoughts and prayers outward. What an excellent idea! Please go read her article, even if you’re not Catholic! Good things are bound to happen when we, as Christians of any denomination, join together in prayer.