“Oh Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord.”
When my friend Justine from Little Dove Blog asked me to contribute to her series “Simplifying the Season” I was totally on board. The only problem I had was deciding what I wanted to focus on to help people keep the holidays simple and Christ centered. So I took to the streets and asked on my social media pages what was stressing everyone out about the season. Here is what I heard…
-A lot of people, especially mom’s, have a hard time wanting to create all these magical moments with their families while still managing to do the everyday household chores. How is it possible to decorate the house, bake the cookies, frost the gingerbread house, buy all the gifts, plan the family get togethers, work parties, school parties, take pictures with Santa, order Christmas cards (which means you had to get a picture with everyone looking at the camera), address them, then actually get them out in the mail, AND still clean the house, do the laundry and cook a meal?
-Many people say that the expectations they feel are most often from themselves. They feel the need to have this perfect Christmas; find the perfect tree, the perfect gifts, take the perfect family photo, etc…Trying to create this picture perfect Christmas is the most stressful part for them.Overwhelmed by the holiday's? Here are some great ideas on simplifying the season. Click To Tweet
-And for lots I heard about the struggle of finances. How much to budget for gifts for your family, extended family, friends, co-workers. The stress of money was weighing on the minds of many of my friends.
-Even the stress of traveling on the holidays is a big concern. The expense and stress of flying or the exhausting eight hour drive to Grandma’s house is a bit overwhelming.
So today I am going to share some articles written by a few other bloggers that have written amazing, helpful tips to help you during the holiday season to keep things simple and stress-free. Whatever category you fall under I hope you will take a minute (maybe go on a long bathroom break) to read and contemplate how you can refocus the season to what matters most, what ever that is for you and your family.
If it means hiring a cleaning service for the month of December to eliminate the house cleaning, I say do it (or have your kids help out more, especially since Santa is watching, wink, wink)! If it means having your dinner delivered to your doorstep, do it (I highly suggest SunBasket, it is healthy, fresh, organic meals sent directly to you with no hassle)! If it means sending out New Year’s cards, instead of Christmas cards, do it, or don’t do cards at all if it means more time spent with your family. Here are a few more ideas on simplifying the season…
In the end I think Two Best Friends in Love Blog said it best. When finding out how to simplify the season…ask yourself these 3 questions, and if you can’t say a firm yes to at least two of them, then maybe you should reconsider…(Quoting)
- Does it bring me closer to Jesus?
- Does it bring me closer to my family?
- Does it bring me Joy?
I love these questions and will strive even in our own family to make sure we can say yes to at least two of them before committing to an event/activity. What will you do to make sure you are simplifying the season?Simplifying the season can be done with these 3 questions... Click To Tweet