By: Heather Patenaude
Today I want to look at what a “simple” Christmas would look like!
Most of us would agree that our lives are moving at an incredible rate of speed! Ask nearly any woman and she’d say her life is marked by busyness! How do we slow down? How do we put the breaks on? Especially at the holiday season?
First, we have to ask, what motivates out busyness? Is it outside forces (school programs, church programs, family commitments) that dictate our schedule? Or is there an underlying feeling that being busy means “we are important”?
There could be many reasons we are busy, some of it is out of our control and some we can control. The parts we can control finding ways to being intentional to weed out the extra “busyness” may insure a calmer Christmas.
Over the years my husband and I have tried to put the halts on really busy holiday season. This hasn’t always been easy, but over time we’ve grown more accustom to doing less,
For us a simple Christmas means:
- That we try to schedule just one main event per weekend in the month of December.
- We have cut way back on what we buy for our kids.
- We’ve pared down our list of who we buy for (we don’t exchange gifts with each other)
- We stay home on Christmas day (this hasn’t been an easy choice, but works for our family and in this season.)
What are things you’ve done or would like to do to have a “simple” Christmas?
HEATHER PATENAUDE is passionate about living a Christ-centered life. This passion flows over to being a wife to John and a homeschool mom to: Miles 8, Luke 7, and Clark 4. Heather is “doing” motherhood right along the side of most of you and hopes that she can encourage you to look beyond your “bath time” challenges and embrace the beautiful calling of motherhood!