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A Simplified Holiday

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Not to freak you out but there’s less than six weeks left for the year. But don’t worry –there’s still a lot of life to cram into a short time!


In the final days of 2019, millions of dollars will be spent and hundreds of thousands of miles will be traveled to bring loved ones closer together. Well, at least in proximity. Plates will be filled and tummies will be gorged but the small talk at the table will leave most longing for something more.


Perhaps it’s thinking about the person missing from the table as you grieve the loss of a relationship or even the loss of a life…or maybe it’s the act of balancing multiple celebrations in one day as you juggle your festivities with the in-laws’ …or, like in the case of my kids, you're traveling between my house and their dad’s.


It’s not always happy holidays. Sometimes it’s an okay holiday; others it’s a hurting holiday – but for the vast majority it will be a hectic holiday. While I cannot speak to your situations, I am sharing my personal guide to a more meaningful holiday:

  1. Thank God for every blessing from my shared time with my children (despite it never feeling like enough) to the food on my plate, to the roof over my head.

  2. Pace myself. With my medical condition, I’ve learned that squeezing in added quantity makes for poor quality time with my family.

  3. Stay committed to service. It fulfills me and keeps me sane.

  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff – I am growing in this area!

  5. Repeat.

I plan to keep it simple. If this means I shop, cook and eat less so be it. I want to create a one-on-one memory with each of my kids. Something they can look back on one day and remember as uniquely theirs.


This I know... People will come and go. Food will be eaten. Money will be spent. And, in this house, thanks will be given. Psalm 34:8 encourages us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him” (NIV). I plan to do just that.


Here’s to making this holiday season better than the rest.


Let’s discuss this:

· How can you simplify your holidays?

· Where can you inject quality over quantity?

· What fulfills you about the holidays?


RESOURCES:

· Intentional Holidays: 30 Days of Reflections & Rest, Wholly Loved Ministries

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