Happy December, friends. I love it when people start saying, “Merry Christmas!” I have a couple of suggestions for enjoying a relaxed and magical Christmas season. Did you know that Mike and I rarely exchange expensive gifts? I love letters and poems and framed photos. He loves books and a special breakfast 😍. He always gets socks 😂 and a treat-filled stocking, but it’s not what Christmas is about. Here are some fun, practical things to remember this season:
1) Don’t buy gifts for everyone because you think they might buy you something. Just say thank you if you get a special blessing.
2) Don’t waste any time with obligation; it’s not what Christmas is about.
3) DONATE. Go through closets and cupboards and GIVE. Coats you never wear or pants that don’t fit can really bless someone this season. If you are lonely give to food pantry’s, nothing feels better than feeding those in need.
4) Go to bed early and play that dreamy 1940’s Christmas music.
5) Get off social media, and don’t compare yourselves or your life to others.
6) Forget extravagance and adopt thoughtfulness in gifting.
7) If you don’t have the money, don’t buy it, from the Christmas roasts to the extra stuff we feel compelled to buy for people. What you have to offer is enough.
8) Bake all the treats and don’t feel guilty!
9) Invite people into your home, eat dinner together and laugh. You don’t have to have the best of everything to enjoy people this season.
10) Most important: Remember Advent and the birth of Jesus or the Festival of Lights (Hey, did you know I’m Jewish too? Mom’s side.) this season is a gift. It’s not meant to feel crazy or hurried or rushed. All the blessings in the world to you my friends. .
Jesus came humbly to the world in the form of a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes laid in a manger. Born of a virgin. Merry Christmas indeed-