A Simpler Christmas
Christmas is supposed to be the most joyous season of the year, but for many women it becomes a season of stress, chaos, and debt. We long for a simpler Christmas, yet each year we find ourselves tangled up by activities, ribbons, and strings of lights.
How can we simplify?
Take a good hard look at that to-do list. Am I baking out of joy and love—or to impress people? Am I hand-crafting gifts because I genuinely enjoy making crafts—or because I feel pressured by my friends, because this is what women are supposed to do? Am I putting up every single decoration because they bring out great memories—or because that’s the way I’ve always done it and everyone expects it?
Concentrate your efforts into what you love—the things that bring joy and wonder to you and others. Trim or eliminate the things you don’t like—the things you only do out of guilt and pressure, the things that cause stress, irritability, and occasional meltdowns.
Learn to say no (I know you can do it!), ditch the guilt, and enjoy your less-cluttered holiday. Then you’ll have time and energy to focus on the true joy and wonder of God Himself come to earth as a wee babe.
Sarah Sundin is the author of six historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, August 2014), plus a novella in Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook, September 2014). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. Sarah works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. You can find her at http://www.sarahsundin.com