With October and Halloween behind us, the holiday season is officially in full swing. For many of us, the busiest season in our lives is about to begin. We’re planning parties and coordinating charity efforts, beginning to Christmas shop both online and in-stores, and decorating our homes – after hours spent browsing Pinterest for inspiration. Not to mention we’re rushing back and forth from to sporting events, bible studies, and dance class, all while trying to squeeze in date nights and laundry.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all of those (mostly) fun and wonderful things. Life gets so hectic that we forget what and why we even are celebrating. So, my family is going to try a different approach this holiday season…. borrowing a phrase from a William Wordsworth poem:
rest and be thankful.
I don’t know about you, but I often have a hard time putting aside my to-do lists, slowing down, sitting still and just relaxing. I don’t know why it’s so hard to just rest – mind and body – especially, during the holidays!
But I’m determined to make this a priority. So, I printed off copies of the above picture for my desk and bathroom mirror.
I’m taking a few minutes at the start of each day to write down some of things I am grateful for in a blessings journal. Also as a family, we have created a Thankful Tree for our table. This is a simple, fun way for even the littlest ones to learn how important it is praise God for all of His good and perfect gifts. Check out a great Thankful Tree Printable over at Craftionary.
In our home, we are going to be intentional about how we spend our evenings and weekends together. It’s still real life, so I’m sure we’ll have a few bedtime meltdowns mixed in with all that rest 😉 But we’ll cut down on how many places we go and things we do outside our home. We will be lighting candles and listening to Christmas music, probably before Thanksgiving 😉 We’ll cozy up in a our slippers, snuggle up under warm blankets – even if its only 59 degrees out. And we’ll read books together and enjoy holiday drinks and treats.
We will rest and be thankful – and I can’t wait.
Do you have any tips for how to make the busy holiday season less stressful? If you do, please share them. I would love to hear your ideas!