Monday, November 23, 2015
Scaling Back this Holiday Season
Christmas, the season of overboard consumer consumption, going into debt, stress over buying presents for everyone and their dog, rushing form event to event and trying to make everything picture perfect. All of the above are impractical, irresponsible, and impossible! Yet we, as Americans especially, do this to ourselves year after year. I have been guilty of this in the past myself. But not this year. Major changes are happening and I hope they stick!
First of all, we are scaling way back on gifts. I tend to buy gifts all year long and put them in my gift closet which works out really well budget, time and energy wise. I also do lots of baking and candy making because homemade gifts really are special and are usually very much appreciated. My DIL Heather suggested mainly homemade gifts this year for our family and I agree! I'm blessed that she and my other DIL Rachel are both on the same page...smart girls that my boys married! ;)
The holidays are hectic with trying to go to all the parties, family get togethers, church services, performances, etc.. We have learned over the years that it is all too much for hubby and me and we stop enjoying and start dreading all the busy-ness. This year we are scaling back there too. Christmas day will find us at 2 of our sons' homes. We will enjoy Christmas Brunch and gift exchanges with our extended family at Chris and Heather's in the morning and the have dinner at Jaysn and Rachel's, with Rachel's mom and sister Michelle joining us and I believe my cousin Jeremy will be there too. :) As for Christmas Eve, that one is still to be determined, but I do want to go to a Christmas Eve service again. Last year we had an early dinner and then attended 2 services that evening, both very beautiful and meaningful.
Last year I was very stressed by this time and feeling so much pressure. We were dealing with some ongoing and very hurtful situations that were just magnified by the holiday season and that caused lots of tears and frustration and put a dark cloud over everything. This year we are not going to allow those things to get in the way of enjoying this magical season of lights, laughter, family and friends. It is what it is and some things have improved on that front, while others have deteriorated even further. We will just be thankful for the improvements and not dwell on the rest. :)
I do hope that this year will be one where we can just kick back a bit more and just enjoy. :) It's not the things that matter, but rather the time spent enjoying friends and family that make it special. :) Be blessed!