It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. My decorating, however, has still not happened but I have finally taken down my fall decor. I left it up as long as possible because it is my favorite season AND it took forever for the leaves to change this year in our part of the world. On the other hand, once it got here it lasted a good long while.
How about other Christmas prep? Are you done with your shopping? Have you hit the stores as often as I have? Actually, Wal-Mart meets my prep needs pretty darn well. Don’t you even turn your nose up at that. I like to shop local and also avoid all the traffic and drama in the larger cities. My family has simple tastes and they don’t demand the trends like some. I am grateful for that.
I have had discussions with the family this year about simplifying Christmas and I feel that the small things we are doing to take some of the stress out of our December will be good. Here is a great article from Power of Moms that I recently read about transforming Christmas — one family’s experiment with giving experiences.
With 4 grandchildren and another on the way, I am hoping we can make a difference in our family’s Christmas experience. We want them to know what the true meaning of the Christmas season is–celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ–and how important it is to savor family over stuff.
The Christmas season is also the perfect time to serve others as Christ did. Here is a great little video about that. Fit some of this into your Christmas List this year. And you don’t have to do it just at Christmas, you kn0w.