Christmas time is one of my favorite times of the year. There is just something about all the traditions and merriment that makes this season so endearing. There’s an excitement in the air that seems to make even the Scroogiest people a little happier.
However, it’s easy to get caught up in all the buzz and busyness that Christmas can bring. Often we try to cram as much as we possibly can into December. The real meaning of Christmas can get lost in the hurry. The last thing I want my kids to remember about our family Christmases is that mom was a stressed-out, crazy woman.
Christmas doesn’t have to be derailed when a little bit of strategic planning can keep us on track. Simplifying our Christmas season has been one of the greatest choices I’ve made for our family through the years. Don’t get me wrong—we still have plenty of special traditions that we pencil in to our schedules. Yet, our Christmas is filled with more peace and enjoyment when I am intentional about what we allow into our lives at this time of year.
Here are four ways to simplify this Christmas: