I was at church a couple of weeks ago and the bulletin was promoting a series the church was going to be doing leading up to Christmas. It was all about simplifying this holiday season. Just seeing that bulletin could not have come at a better time.
Year after year, we vow that this is the year that we can’t spend as much or we have to scale back. We did manage to scale back last year, but this year we have to do even less. I started to feel bad, but I’m also relieved. Budget-wise, we don’t have it in us to go over the top. We’re going to get creative for our son, and my husband and I have already discussed what we’re going to do for each other come February or March. (Kitchen/house updates. Totally romantic. Totally necessary.)
Over the next couple of weeks I want to focus on keeping things simple and getting back to the real meaning of this season.
I want to:
Spend more quality time with family.
Live in the moment.
Do you know that one of my husband’s favorite things from me has been a pair of pajama pants I made him? (I made my brother a pair for Christmas last year – he can tell you if he still enjoys them.) And some of the things I’ve painted for my dad and stepmom are still being enjoyed – I’ve seen the pieces in their home. If you don’t like something, I don’t expect you to display it or wear it.
The countless dvds, cds, random items that I’ve bought over the years? I couldn’t tell you what I bought for people or if they even liked it the next month.
I want to continue (and create) cookie baking traditions with my son and husband, if he chooses to participate. I want to tap into my crafty side. I have Pinterest boards that are dying to be taken advantage of.
I want to enjoy the season, take a moment to breathe and live in that moment. If we’re invited last minute to a gathering, I want to be able to accept. I don’t want us to wake up December 26 in debt or regretting any of our purchases. I want my family to thoroughly enjoy the season along with me.
I want to simplify.
Have you simplified your holidays? What have you done to make it work and enjoy the moment?