I found this list on Facebook. I’d be happy to give credit if I could find out where it came from (but I can’t). Read this list and then ask yourself: How much of what you are doing this Christmas is really important? How much of it will last?
We spend so many hours each December, finding all the perfect gifts, then wrapping them. We bake beautiful, tasty cookies. We go to parties, we go on lights tours, we search for that perfectly symmetrical tree and decorate it with precision. Let me ask you: How much of the stuff we spend hours and hours doing every December is actually important to what Christmas really means?
Let me put it another way. On December 26th, when the presents are all unwrapped, the cookies sampled, the new dresses worn, and the tree is dying, are you going to feel like everything you are doing now was worth it? Or will you be feeling like you should have spent more time being present, giving hugs, helping others, spreading peace, and being the light?
Don’t live with regret. You can change what you are doing so that you do feel you’ve spent time on the important things when Christmas is over this year.
Some things I will not regret:
1. Cuddling on the couch watching a Christmas movie with my 8 year old.
2. Making special date time with my husband during the busiest time of the year (we saw a play and we went to the local craft fairs together).
3. Participating in Operation Christmas Child events and a Christmas party for low income kids sponsored by my church.
4. Continuing to work on my writing rather than making excuses that “it’s just too busy in December.”
How did I make these things happen?
1. I gave up one of my part time jobs for the month of December. This has helped my stress level so much! Having the luxury of time is worth a lot more than the few hundred dollars I would have earned.
2. I streamlined my Christmas routine by delegating a lot of the shopping to hubby (he likes it), buying fewer gifts on the same budget (less wrapping), and baking a few items as I have time, rather than having a huge baking list that I strive to complete.
3. I decided ahead of time to ask for help if I start to feel stressed and like I’m falling behind.
What can you do this week to ensure that your Christmas priorities are met this year?