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The Eve of Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve. You know what the word “eve” means don’t you?

The dictionary defines “Eve” as “the day or period of time immediately before an event or occasion.”

It is the day before Christmas, which means you have one last day to prepare. It’s not a lot of time, but it’s still…well, beforehand. It’s still prior to the big day.

Never underestimate the power of preparing. It’s all about thinking ahead, planning, and making ready for an event that’s coming. I’ve found when we’re poor at preparing, we must get good a repairing. We always find ourselves doing damage control, making up for what wasn’t done ahead of time. Think about the difference:

1. Looking behind you 1. Looking ahead of you
2. Addressing the past 2. Addressing the future
3. Damage control 3. Planning and getting ready
4. Defense 4. Offense
5. Maintenance 5. Adventure

Repairing may mean making an apology, fixing a broken system, mending a relationship, or correcting a mistake. Keep in mind that when we get good a preparing, we often can do a lot less repairing.

Nobody wants to enter Christmas unready. We want to be prepared. Most will go to great lengths—especially if you have children—to stay up late, and finish the gift wrapping, the filling of stockings, the writing in cards to be ready. Once the day hits, it’s a little late.

The same is true in life. Whatever you want for the next year, start preparing now. Preparing is far superior to repairing.


  1. Fran McVeigh on December 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Your comparison between “preparing and repairing” is spot on! Happy Holidays!

    • Tim Elmore on December 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Fran. Happy Holidays to you, too!

  2. Roger on December 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Looks like you were prepared for this blog before leaving to visit your Dad. Love leaders that lead by example. Have a Merry Christmas and quality time with The Skipper. It was a blessing to finally meet you after years of reading about you. Got to meet your son too. Forgot to ask him who the six guys were that he chose at an early age to mentor him for a day after listening to A New Kind Of Leader on the drive to San Diego. Blessings to you my friend.

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The Eve of Christmas