Keeping it Simple this Holiday Season

1
Dec
2014

Keep-Simple-Christmas-Season

I am coming to all of you – making a vow, that I will try to keep things simple this Christmas season.  I have never really been one of those moms who goes all out – but I do admit, I use to be kinda a “Martha Stewart” kinda mom and wife.  But no more.

There is a lot to be said for doing things in a small way.  Keeping perspective and the real treasure of the season in mind.  I wrote about Rediscovering the Joy at Christmas Time a couple years back, it was a good review for me today.

It can become easy to want to make more, give more and do more with each year – but for me, I am looking at doing less but having it mean more.  Does that resonate with anyone else?  I am tired of over-stretching, over-doing and losing focus.

So, as I gather myself together and begin to plan my next three weeks, I wanted to share with you my goals for enjoying the season, SIMPLY – perhaps it might help you too?

Morning quiet

I do fairly well in this area, but lately my to-do list has challenged me to get started earlier, so I “decide” to give up my quiet time to get started just a bit sooner on that all important list.  Wrong choice.  Or the past few days I have just slept in because I’ve been tired and fighting the beginning of a cold.  Thank goodness for my essential oils to help my body heal itself!!

I need this connection time with the ONE who gives me strength to get through my day.  I especially need this connection as I remember My Savior during this advent season.  

Doing Less

I think we can all agree we need more margin in our life, even more so during this busy holiday season.  Why on earth do we have to preface it always with “busy holiday season”?  We are busy, busy, busy – parties, shopping, cooking, baking, visiting, wrapping, and more.  It has become an epidemic.  I want to be choosy with how I spend my time – really purposeful in how I manage my time.  I know there are certain things that NEED to get done, but most of the other stuff is negotiable and even not important.

Creating Home Memories

I love being at home – LOVE IT!  I especially enjoy creating memories with my family that can be carried on.  As my kids are getting older, I have one nearly 22 and another a couple days from 18, (and two other younger ones) it is time to do things that really matter.  My time has run out, so they say.  Baking one batch of Christmas Cookies, rather than doing 12 batches.  Watching ONE key Christmas movie instead of five – finding joy together in the small things that aren’t money driven.  That is what I want this year.

No Fancy

I have become much more aware of keeping things simple.  On my decorations, on meals, gifts and such. I am not a big fancy person, I just do not find the same joy in all that I did years ago.  Simple decorations, simple food, simple dress, all that makes me happy.   I like to do an advent with the family, we’ve done Truth in the Tinsel before and loved it, this year we are doing really simple, a box filled with drawers to pull a candy out and read a portion of scripture.  Simple.

Remember

I want to consistently be brought back to the season that we are celebrating.  Not overwhelmed with the stuff that needs to be accomplished.  I am the worst at deducting from my schedule, but once again, I want to make an attempt and scaling back and being present more. 

Will you join me?

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  • Elena

    Thanks for this, Susan! We are “forced” to cut back this year for financial reasons, but it’s actually made things easier! I also had gotten off-track in taking reflective time in the morning because I’ve been “busy, busy, busy.” On Sunday I started a book of daily Advent readings, and it’s been wonderful to have that quiet, thoughtful start the day again!

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