I'm going to do it again!
And you can follow along.
I feel like the first step for me is to consider what a stress
- It is time with family.
- It is relaxing in our decorated home.
- It is baking.
- It is giving gifts those we are closest to
- It is listening to holiday music.
- It is decorating simply and with what we have (white lights required).
- It is not shopping in stores every weekend and spare moment.
- It is not buying for everyone I'm acquainted with.
- It is not being obligated to a lot of outside events.
- It is not spending a lot of money.
That's my first list of thoughts. And then I could consider those a little further, considering what kinds of things I'd like to do with my family that could also be considered relaxing or at least not stressful. And, of course, it isn't a bad idea to discuss your ideas and thoughts with your family. They may have their own ideas about what the holiday should look like. Come to an agreement now, so arguments don't come up later.
Last year, I did send Christmas cards with a picture of our daughters. I printed the photos for less than $3 and spent about $17 on postage. I already had the cards purchased on clearance from the year prior. I haven't decided if spending the $20 is what I want to do this year. I have a choice. Many of those we send cards to our on Facebook or have an email address. I could still send a greeting for free or use a greeting card service that may send them for even less than mailing.
Our list of people we buy gifts for is getting smaller each year. And that is by choice because I think each year we know more people and love them well enough to give a gift. But trying to find the right gift at the right price. That is stressful. I like to give a gift when I'm inspired rather than feeling an obligation because of the time of year. Or better yet, I'd rather just spend time with them!
That's where I am. Just the beginning of planning what I want the season to feel like.
Do you find yourself wanting a stress less Christmas? What does that look like for you? Consider now what that might be and make a plan to make it happen.