“This realization leads to a different question than that suggested by all these tips on simplifying the holidays. Namely, what are you saving your energy for? This is all there is. Anything could happen and you are not guaranteed another snowman. So make a fuss. Make a show. Spend your energy now.” ~Laura Vanderkam in What the Most Successful People Do On the Weekend
This advice seems to go against most of what I read on blogs these days. Everyone’s into keeping it simple, making the Christmas season as easy on yourself as possible.
Yet the more I thought about Laura’s words, the more they rang true. I’m not for burning ourselves out by attending every Christmas party, baking a dozen different types of cookies, or buying a gift for every friend that crosses our path.
However, I think sometimes I’m just looking for an excuse to take it easy. If I can do a little bit more to make the season special for those I love, then I want to do it. If I can reach out and touch another soul in the midst of the “busy-ness,” then I want to make the effort.
Focusing on Christ’s birth is the most important thing and I will never regret making that a priority in this season. Let me be thankful that I have this holiday this year when I can celebrate with family and loved ones. Then let me use the health and energy I’ve been given to bless others as much as possible during this Christmas season.
Are you able to strike a balance between simplifying and making the most of the season?
I'm trying hard to find that balance, and what has helped me the most is starting to prepare for Christmas earlier. I got an e-book on preparing for Christmas, and while I didn't follow every suggestion, it did help me get started planning earlier which is freeing up time now for the things I want to do. Our Christmas cards are almost done, Christmas shopping is almost done (just waiting for things to be delivered), I have those weights off my mind, and I feel like I have more energy making this season special for my family. It's very nice!
Tracey Brewer says
Great point, Nikki! Planning ahead for Christmas and getting some of the basic tasks done ahead of time can free up our energy and time for other activities we want to do as Christmas approaches.
YES!!!! I agree with this so much!!!!!! I don't do anything I don't enjoy, but I *DO* make a point to make a big deal out of all the special extras we DO enjoy!