I am not sure how it happens, things just get out of hand. Used to keep it all simple, like baking cookies for my friends. Now I rush about trying to find the right gifts, trying to get something in the mail, wanting so much to use this opportunity to reach out and touch others as so many have done for me. Yet I find myself in tears, frustrated, out of time, and out of money. I am not sure how I lost sight of the true meaning of this beautiful season.
Today I slow down, take a breath, and remind myself that if things are late then they are late! If it doesn't happen now, it can happen latter! I don't have to wait all year for one day to tell people I love them or to do something special. It can happen whenever it happens. America has made the Holidays into traditions of stress, and deadlines, and even worse, debt.
I heard this and it really helped me: make a plan, talk it out with your spouse, stick to your budget, and do something for the Lord first. The rest will work out fine with or with out you!
So I am making some hand crafted ornaments, baking some cookies, and enjoying the kids.
Merry Christmas and have a very blessed New Year all year long!