Do they sometimes overwhelm you with all the $$$ spent?
All the planning to do?
All the organization to be done?
The never ending to do list?
Then Let's Get Intentional Together and Make this Season about Christ! :)
I remember one year- I spent the whole Thanksgiving and Christmas season running around like a crazy person..... I baked, and baked, and baked...... Made gifts, and gifts, and more gifts. I shopped and shopped, and shopped some more. I was so serious the whole season and so consumed with my "to do" and "list of great ideas"...... that I never slowed down to enjoy any of it :(
I remember the Holiday season being over and my only memory was exhaustion. I never took the time that year to spend quality time with anyone.
I did not prepare my heart for what the celebrations are all about.
It was not good. From the outside you would've thought that I had it all together. Everyone received cute, wonderful, homemade little goody bags. My Christmas cards were great and about 70 people received one. We ate and ate and ate goodies, treats, and a number of special holiday delicacies. The gifts were all bought. They were all wrapped beautifully. I looked pretty good......
But what you would not have seen is how:
- I neglected my husband
- I was grouchy when no one was around
- I sacrificed relationships for a list of things to do
That was several years ago and I learned my lesson! So since then I have been striving to make the Thanksgiving/Christmas season be centered around Christ rather than allowing everything else that goes with it become the number one focus. I want Jesus to be our center and reason for celebrating. That takes intentional planning and preparation.
Over the next week or so I'll be sharing some of the things my family is doing this year to keep it simple and Christ centered, but also having fun creating memories and traditions.
Here is one of the things I'm planning to do. I am going to do the Truth in the Tinsel Advent Activities with my littles. I have already purchased the Ebook and read through it. I love it!
This is something I can totally do with my kiddos! I am not naturally crafty or gifted in that area. But I feel confident that I can do this. I love how Amanda has it written out so easily. What a great guide! The supplies needed are simple- and if you don't have them at your house they are all very easy to substitute with something that you do have. The devotions are simple and can be adjusted to several different levels/ages of maturity. I will be doing them with a 1 1/2 year old and 3 year old.
I'd love for you to do this too! Let's share pictures and our experiences with teaching
our littles about CHRIST!
I'm really excited to intentionally plan and prepare our hearts for CHRISTmas.
I'd also love to hear what you are doing this year!
PS: Thanks so much for stopping by! I want to announce Amanda @ Money Family Musings as the winner of the Thankful For You- Gift Give Away- ENJOY!
Check out Truth in the Tinsel: A great advent activities and reading guide for you little ones!