When you eliminate the things that no one loves, you will find that you have
more time and energy to devote to the things that really matter.
extended family. Be bold and eliminate
those things that do not benefit your
family. What we found to be true about
the entire Christmas season was that
the busier we were, the further we departed from our goal of celebrating the
true meaning of Christmas. Some of the
things that families do year after year are
no longer pleasant or relevant. Eliminate
those things, and consider what things
you can do as a family this year to keep
the message of Christ in Christmas.
Take notes as each person responds
to that list of questions, but do not get
your feelings hurt if the thing you love
the best is not even on their radar. This
is not a time to get defensive or to try
to state your own case. Remember to
ask yourself these questions too! This
will be the starting point of your planning this year. This may be an eye-opening experience and may free you from
some tasks you have always done—just
because you thought it was necessary.
When you eliminate the things that no
one loves, you will find that you have
more time and energy to devote to the
things that really matter.
As you plan your events, try to focus
more on the things that share the story
of Christ and a desire to express thankfulness rather than focusing on activities that lead to consumerism and greed.
Teach your children to share of themselves and to expect less. One of the
ways we do this is to watch older movies and read books together that talk
about a time when Christmas was more
than just a reason to go to the mall. For
example, the Little House on the Prairie
books have stories of Christmases when
times were simpler and when there was
less emphasis on receiving tons of useless
gifts and gadgets.
In order to have a more peaceful, focused holiday season, we must reduce
some of the chaos that seems to be a part
of many holidays. To do this, one thing
that really helps is to reduce the sheer
number of decisions to be made. Once a
plan is in place, it is usually easy to follow
the plan. Tired, busy people tend to make
rushed decisions and are forced to live
with the consequences. So, right now—
before the “holiday rush” begins:
1. Get a little notebook you can carry
in your purse or a binder and that
you can easily grab and take with
you. That is where you can record all
of the little details that can be easily
forgotten and cause stress later.
2. Start making some decisions ahead
household duties and special events?
• How will we conduct our homeschool? Will we set aside some subjects during the holidays?
year, and if so, to whom?
• What traditions are important to
to allow the children to enjoy this
year during the holidays?
If you can’t make all your decisions
right away, that is fine. Take little steps!
Being organized, reducing unwanted
traditions, and making decisions ahead
of time will all go a long way toward
a peaceful, Christ-filled Christmas.
Once you have the answers you need,
get out a calendar and schedule one or
two small tasks to do each day. Doing
this will help you complete your preparations well ahead of schedule. With a
couple of months to go, you will have
ample time to work peacefully and joyfully on those things that your family
Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan,
thankful mother to five children (newborn
to 21), and an author, conference speaker
and director of www.homemaking911
.com and www.wheatnthings.com.
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