Have you ever had too much Christmas cheer stuffed into your home? I’ve spent entire afternoons untangling lights to hang on the roof and the trees. Invited guests for a holiday dinner and suffered through planning, cleaning and cooking. Christmas chaos! There’s nothing wrong with any of these things, but . . .
HOME is supposed to be a haven, a place of rest, a place of peace. Right? So how can you kick the hustle, bustle and pressure out of your house?
1) If a certain holiday task causes you to feel anxious, ask yourself if it’s really necessary. Having friends for dinner is great, but you could ask everyone to bring a dish rather than cooking for a crowd.
2) Consider decorating with less. I adore Christmas, but several years ago we moved to a new house that is smaller in some respects. I decided to go with LESS decorations and now only put out my very favorite pieces.
3) What about outside? Remember, you’re not decorating the outside of your house to win a neighborhood award. If you WANT to put outside decorations, then do. But sometimes simple battery-operated candles in the window are enough.
4) Celebrating with family can be stressful. I know some of my family is flat-out crazy, whereas I am completely normal (hee hee hee). Whether you invite family into your home or you visit someone else, offer grace. Don’t judge someone else’s housekeeping and don’t worry about whether the last speck of dust is gone from your home. This is a time of reflection, holiness, and joy. Focus on that.
5) What one thing stresses you the most? For me, it was Christmas ornaments that my cats would knock off and bat around the house. Problem solved! I made, bought, and borrowed ornaments that are cloth or lace. Now if it goes sailing across the room—my husband and I look at each other and shrug. Identify the thing that stresses you the most and find a solution.
Christmas is about our Lord. It’s about the miracle of His birth and His love for us . . . but it’s so easy to forget that. One of my most popular books to date has been A Simple Amish Christmas. I think readers love this story because it shows how one young lady returns home, to a family she loves dearly, and a Christmas celebration that is plain and simple.
Blessings to you all this holiday season.
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