It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

The countdown is on. It is The Most Wonderful (and busiest)  Time of the Year!
“And the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people;'” The Bible, Luke 2:10
Celebrating Jesus. Come to earth as a baby. For me and you!
Over the years, our celebration has come to include SO MANY things…… and friends, meals out, gift giving, serving others, evenings in, shopping, cleaning, decorating, baking, cooking……..and the list goes on……….
In the midst of it all, life doesn’t stop. So, HOW DO we fit it all in?
Plan 1st. Do 2nd. You have heard it all before. Make your list. Check it twice.
I think we are skipping a very important step………..
Make your list. Simplify your list. Then check it twice.
Most of us shop too much, bake too much, cook too much, EAT WAY TOO MUCH, plan too much, commit to too much, and generally wear ourselves out. At a time when we want to slow down and appreciate all Christmas  means and the people in our lives, we are bogged down with our “TO DO LIST”.
Absolutely, spread joy, celebrate, shower those you love, shop, bake, cook, decorate………
Just go about it as simply as possible.
As you look forward to and plan for the the holiday season, take a few minutes to make a list of everything you do to celebrate……..all your traditions………from baking and cooking, to decorating and Christmas caroling, to service opportunities and giving. Then ask your family members what is important to them. You may be surprised! Finally, simplify that list.  Pick those things that have the most meaning. Be realistic and be kind to yourself!
Check back during the next few weeks as I give you practical hints on Gift Giving, Holiday Meals and Baking, and Cleaning and Decorating.
Happy Holidays!

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