My friend Nester wrote a great post, about doing less and being more.
I like that word. To be present in the celebration, absent in the hoopla.
By that I mean the commercial hoopla. To stop and be content, as were the shepards, in the peacefulness of the quiet celebration of the Christ child.
Enjoy more. Living and experiencing the season and not getting caught up what has become the commerciality. In Nester 's post, she listed the ways she has chosen to do less. I too have adopted this year. True, some of it is because I haven't the time (ok, maybe alot of it). But dont think for even a minute that I have lost my Christmas spirit , because that isn't the case at all. I have lost tolerance for big corporations making Christmas a giant commerical and in the process making it into a "holiday" and not the day we celebrate the birth of Christ.
I decided to do less and to enjoy more this season. I did send out a few cards, but I cut off *many* people from my list this year who will either receive hand delivered cards or just will not be a "lucky" recipient. Ah, didnt much like them anyay. I kid. I really do, but ya have to draw the line somewhere. I have a kid in college and that eats into my postage budget, and grocery budget, and lotion and potion budget, and, well...you get the idea.
I also didnt do a mantel garland this year as I did last (at least not yet, who knows if I will). I didn't do one up my stair well either. We did a CHRISTmas tree and my husband did his outdoor lights. That was it. Simple. Enjoyable. The rest of the night we sat with the kids wathcing Christmas movies, drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn. And noone missed the garland.
My kids were told to only choose three gifts this year. Three. Thats it. It was good enough for Jesus and it's good enough fo rmy kids. And there are so many other needy people, we are not in need. WE have more than enough and I want my children to be aware of others who are not as fortunate. And really, fortunate is about family, not a bunch of things. Things we don't need.
Unless someone wants to pay my sons college education....
Jesus IS the gift.
Simplify and Enjoy the season.
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