Some years my Christmas prep and decorations are over the top. Everything is decorated!
But then there are other years when I have to give myself a little chance to relax the decor and the time I put into getting my home into the holiday spirit.
This is one of those years. We have had a very busy schedule. We’ll be out of town some days, and we have events in the calendar that are going to fill the time from morning to night. I also headed up a big event at church that took me away from home a good bit in order to prepare.
So, I decided this was a year to simplify . If you walked into my house it would look like Christmas, even though there’s no tree up. I have put touches of decor here and there over most of the house. But to find time to do the tree, just wasn’t going to happen. My baking has been scaled down, too, and instead of having tons of goodies on hand, I’ll prepare what I need just before the event.
This simplifying has been so helpful, but to be honest, I had to come to grips with it! Can we say Guilt? Wondering if my family would wonder what’s wrong with me was one thought. But when I stopped to realize that I need to do what will help me focus on the most important part – the birth of Christ, I understood that it really is okay, and I knew my family would be good with it, too.
A less stressed me is better than a tree!
It’s a small sacrifice, really, but it has helped me to be able to do other things, and I look forward to the rest of this month and will be able to celebrate just as heartily without the evergreen standing in my family room!
Don’t get caught up in what you feel obligated to do. If you need to simplify your prep this year, it may possibly be the best gift you can give to your family!
I posted a video last year about other ways to simplify Christmas. I hope it will give you some ideas to help you make the most of these special days as we treasure the wonder of Christ coming to earth to die for our sins.
How about you? Do you need to let go of some of your own set expectations? You’ll be surprised how that will lighten your load and help you to focus on Christ this Christmas!