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How do you make a more meaningful Christmas when all you are doing is rushing and stressing trying to get things done?
I am convinced that the Christmas rush doesn’t have to be what it is for many of you.
Often you just need to cut back on all that you do.
That is where I’m at this year with Christmas presents in the unopened shipping boxes in my closet . . .
Christmas cards not sent . . .
Cookies waiting to be made . . .
And whatever else is not done yet!
Start Your Day with Jesus
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
I know that I have encouraged you to start your day off with Jesus many times before.
Especially during Christmas.
I will be the first to say that with kids in the home it can easily be the first thing that is neglected.
Yet, when you spend even ten minutes with Jesus, your perspective on everything will be so much better!
To help equip you with that I have put together a journaling workbook called, Making A More Meaningful Christmas that I hope will bless you during this season.
This workbook will give you the tools to enable you to start each day with Jesus.
And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. Luke 1:46-47
A journaling workbook that you’ll love!
Simplify Your Christmas Plans
There were years when we were flat broke and we handcrafted Christmas presents for our kids and extended family.
Homemade gifts are memorable but involve a lot of time.
If you can’t afford the time for handcrafted gifts, it would be better to re-evaluate the time or money you spend in order to make a more memorable Christmas.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking of ways to simplify your Christmas plans. When your schedule is stretched because of all the things you fill it with, your Christmas will not be as meaningful.
- Choose which activities to be involved in and which ones to not participate in!
- You CAN say NO!
- Send out a Facebook Christmas greeting and either skip on the Christmas cards entirely or send only a few!
- What tradition stresses you? Skip on it this year!
My husband has ten more workdays before taking off for Christmas. We have a family staying with us and wrapping gifts, baking, and a little more Christmas shopping has been put on hold.
I’m feeling the crunch and a little stressed . . . so I need to take my own advice and simplify my Christmas plans!
That’s why sending out Christmas cards is NOT HAPPENING this year!
Making Christmas More Meaningful through Reflection
Once you’ve cleared a few things from your schedule it is time to simply sit down, slow down, and spend time on reflection.
I am doing things constantly and this idea of taking time for reflection is as much for me as for you!
Do you have a fireplace, wood stove, coal stove, or how about a candle?
We had a wood stove for years and now burn coal. It is relaxing to sit and watch the fire burn.
If I am in the kitchen, I love burning a candle in a glass jar.
One of the things we do NOT do in our culture today is STOP and reflect.
Just SLOW down and think.
If you don’t want to just sit and do absolutely nothing but find this idea intriguing, here are a few ways you can do it.
Of course, put on some Christmas music and put the littles down for a nap!
- Crochet or knit in front of the fire!
- Coloring in a Christian adult coloring book!
- Do some creative journaling art in your Bible!
- Spend time with Jesus meditating on the Bible verses using Making A More Meaningful Christmas workbook.
Take time this Christmas to soak in the moments with your husband and children.
Don’t shut them out because you become too exhausted from all there was to do.
Making a more meaningful Christmas is about unplugging and living in the moment with Jesus and those you love!!
How are you going to make a more meaningful Christmas this year?
What ideas do you have to add?
Let’s keep the conversation going!