Friday, November 28, 2014

Keeping Christmas Simple

Are you still stuffed from all that turkey and dressing? Wow, we sure are! I really hope that y'all had a most wonder-filled Thanksgiving Day yesterday! Our's was full of scrumptious foods and catching up with friends and family. With Thanksgiving all wrapped up, the Christmas season begins here at our little house and I've really been thinking lots about how once I let the world tell me how to celebrate Christmas. I completely bought into all the hype, all the shopping, all the over-the-top everything. I don't anymore. Living simply and intentionally doesn't just happen eleven months out of the year. Living simply during the month of December doesn't have to be really difficult. It's all a matter of perspective y'all. 



For me, it starts with NOT shopping the Black Friday sales. I get why some people feel that they just have to get out there and get deeply discounted stuff, but do you really need that STUFF anyway? I'm sure that there are some gifts that your children may want on Christmas that you're trying to purchase that day, but often, the supply for those big items is so limited, that you likely won't get yours anyway, and then you are left in a store filled to the brim with SALES and your adrenaline is pumping from the excitement of it all and now you've fallen into the trap that the retailers were hoping you would......... impulse buying! Right? Does this sound at all familiar?  How about this year, you change it up a little, how about this year, you make your own gifts?  
  


And I can hear you saying, "but, wait, I don't have time for THAT! I don't have enough time to devote to making gifts for everyone!" This leads me to my second point of how to keep Christmas simple. Learn to say "NO". If you don't have time to make gifts, maybe you are overextending yourself during this season. Learning to say "no" can be the hardest thing ever, but it'll change how you look at life, I promise. It will feel awkward at first, but then when you've done it a few times, suddenly it starts to feel really good. Hey, I'm in control of MY life, whoa, this feels goooood! You will feel better and you'll be a better person to those closest to you and you'll have lots more time to do projects that come from your heart- like making Christmas gifts for those you love. If you have no idea what little ole you could possibly make that anyone would ever want, check out my Pinterest DIY board for some inspiration............



You can accomplish a simple Christmas this year by taking some little baby steps, the most important one being, that you try your best to live with intention every day. Take a moment to remember why we celebrate Christmas anyway. It has NOTHING to do with excess, exactly the opposite really. Jesus was born to poor parents and came into this world in a lowly stable, yet HE is our king of kings.



Today starts the Christmas season here at our house, and I would love for you to join us on our journey of celebrating Christmas simply. I hope that you'll come back and visit me Monday for the start of our celebration this Christmas using a Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree tradition, is a wonderful way to slow it all down and reflect on the why's rather than all the stuff. Thanks so much for hanging out with me today and I'll see you Monday. Now, we're off to chop down our Christmas tree............

Wishing you a peace-full weekend.

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8 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful message! I think you have the right idea, and that everyone would be happier if they kept Christmas simple! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating our wonderful everyday lives!
    http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/11/celebrate-it-blog-party-19.html

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    1. Thank you so much Teri! I really appreciate the invitation too!

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  2. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

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  3. we have TOTALLY taken the simple route this year. Traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving or even the Saturday, I am pulling out 25 boxes of Christmas "stuff" = decorations from the attic...like a mad women, finding homes for everything. I tend to get cranky when the kids want to help, because, of course, I am the only one who knows where everything needs to go...lol... (OCD much)

    But this year, as we started our Jesse tree (1st time) and reading Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, I Had a calm over me and decided NOT to get anything out just yet. So it's Dec 6th and all those 25 boxes still sit in the attic waiting to come and make their seasonal debut...maybe a few of them will soon...but most of them will stay right where they are and have to wait another year...

    just keeping our schedule, time together and home - simple this year...wrapping it with the greater gifts and decorations...

    Enjoy the season!

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    1. Oh wow! Love these words! Just LOVE them! Come back Monday, my new friend, and see what happened to me! I'm doing a post about it and I think you'll totally get it!!

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    2. will put it on the calendar!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your post at Motivation Monday. Your post is being featured at this week's party!

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    1. Thank you Barb! What a wonderful surprise to be featured on Motivation Monday! Thank YOU for hosting such an awesome party!

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