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Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Christmas is coming up. The stores have the display, crafters are getting ready and the weather is cooling down. Over the last year I have stated that I want less clutter and less mess. Little did I realize what journey that would take me on. Now as the overwhelming and materialized Christmas is heading towards us, it has me thinking. I am thinking about having a simple Christmas this year and every year. I want the focus to be on making memories, not being stressed. As I thought about what makes Christmas, Christmas, I realized that decorations and presents are usually in the center of this Holiday. Yet, when living simply, how does one deal with these? Well I am going to explain how I plan on tackling these.
As I got to thinking more about the idea of decorating, I started thinking of why I celebrate Christmas. I am a Christian so I celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus. I tried to think about this time of year through the eyes of Jesus and a very important lesson was thought of, Mary and Martha.
If you don’t know the story, I am going to recap. Martha and Mary were sisters and Jesus came to visit. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to listen and learn from him. All the while her sister Martha went on getting everything just right, preparing lunch and being perfect host. However, she was a little stressed out and called out her sister for sitting. “41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:88-42).
I want to be Mary. I want this time of year to be about sitting with the Lord. Being Thankful that he gave himself for me. I want to remember that a little child was born to save me. I don’t want to be like Martha who is rushing around trying to do so much that she lashes out. And that is why I am going to strive for a simple approach to Christmas. I am not going to put others down that don’t believe in this theory or belief. What I am saying is that instead of big plans about buying those outdoor blow ups and ten tons of lights and being those crazy people with the light-up-singing house, we are going to be the reserved house.
I still believe in decorating. It’s can be a fun time. It can make lots of memories. But there is a fine line between the two. So I set myself some guidelines.
- · I can only have ONE storage container for all the decorations for Christmas.
- · All decorations inside the home should be handmade (by me or others). This way I can support small businesses, which is something I strongly believe in.
- · No glass! Broken glass causes fights, stress, tears and more around my house so it’s better avoided.
With these guidelines and a clear reminder of how this time of year is to be celebrated, I feel that decorating can be memorable and fun. This is just one area I have I thought about. Join me tomorrow for talking about the biggest thing about Christmas, presents.
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Monday, November 17, 2014
Christmas is coming up. The stores have the display, crafters are getting ready and the weather is cooling down. With all the fuss of Christmas coming about, I have been thinking. Over the last year I have stated that I want less clutter and less mess. Little did I realize what journey that would take me on. Now as the overwhelming and materialized Christmas is heading towards us, it has me thinking.
What is Christmas about? Sure, I know about Santa and I know about Jesus. But what about my Christmas, what do I want to make my Christmas about? How do I want to celebrate? What is important and what isn’t important during this time? Because let us face it, about 80% of us freak out about two weeks before Christmas. It can be a very very hectic time of the year. But why? Is it the way we celebrate? Is it the way we prepare? What about this time makes people so odd?
These were questions that started in mind as soon as Halloween ended. I was pretty bummed about how this year’s holidays had been turning out. I had to figure out why and what could I do that would make Christmas different.
As I thought about these questions, I figured out how I wanted to feel during this time. I wanted to feel love, warmth, giving and laughter. Notice I didn’t say happiness? Happiness, I have learned, leaves us fleeting. Happiness comes and goes quickly. I wanted to define how I wanted to feel about Christmas other then happiness.
Once I started thinking about how I wanted to feel, I started to think about what during Christmas will help me have those feelings? And you know what? It wasn’t what I thought. The thing to give me all those feelings will be MEMORIES. Yup, I want memories for Christmas. Memories made with friends and family. I want to look back and see that I was giving and making memories, not getting and stressing.
Yet, what is Christmas without everything else? How can I make Christmas different from everyday? Well as I thought I realized that presents and decorations are what make this time of year so special. However, I didn’t know how those fit into my memory made Christmas. How was hanging the same wreath every year going to make a difference? What about the present so and so bought me? Or I bought them? What about these two areas was I willing to give up or make happen?
That is what I am going to answer tomorrow and the next.
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