My guest posters just keep getting better, and more dear to my heart as this time progresses. For the many of you who have emailed and asked about my hand and how it is improving, let me thank you. I am doing well, enjoying this extra time with my family (or my pillow since I normally blog after Littles are in bed) and healing quite rapidly.
Today, for my last guest poster before the holidays, Â you get to hear from someone who is a gem in real life. Amy, from Amy FritzWrites is a very dear, very old friend who truly was a roomie in College. She can sing like an angel, has a heart for the less fortunate among us, and left the cold North to settle in Nashville TN with her whiz of a hubby, Nathan. She has endured great pain, and great joy, and I love to read what she writes because it is just as if she is in the room reading a letter to me. I am blessed to be honored to share this page with her, and pray that you will do her the honor of sharing, commenting, and taking her very appropriate advice to heart this coming week and beyond.
Blessings to you and yours,
Iâ€™m so honored to be offered a platform on my dear friend,Heatherâ€™s, blog.
In honor of the holiday season, I thought IÂ would share a few things Iâ€™ve been thinking about doing withÂ my family so that we can enjoy this season.
5Â Ways To Add Meaning and Eliminate Stress During The Holidays
1.Dump the unnecessary traditions that create more work than
Hereâ€™sÂ a secret. That sweet potato casserole that you make everyÂ Thanksgiving because itâ€™s â€œtraditionâ€? Your kids hate it. Ok,Â maybe they donâ€™t. They might love it. Maybe itâ€™s homemadeÂ Christmas cards, a complicated recipe, or going to a thousandÂ parties. Take a hard look at those traditions that are a lotÂ of work. Ask yourself, â€œIs the payoff at least equal to theÂ effort Iâ€™m spending?â€ If not, maybe itâ€™s time to create aÂ different tradition.
MyÂ husband just read this tip and said if it was creating tooÂ much work for me to â€œdo the cranberriesâ€ he would be happy toÂ open the can and dump them in a bowl for me. Heâ€™s thoughtfulÂ that way.
2.Â Leave white space on your calendar.
HaveÂ you ever looked at your spouse and asked if anything was onÂ the calendar for that day and then high-fived each otherÂ because NOTHING was scheduled? If so, youâ€™ll understand theÂ peace that can come from having room to breathe in the middle of frantic busyness. Leave room for downtime.
3.Â Give Jesus something He wants for His birthday.
MatthewÂ 25:34-40 reads like Jesusâ€™ Christmas list. There really is no
mystery about what he wants for his birthday. If youÂ reallocated just $11 from your Christmas budget you could helpÂ a family receive nourishment and provide a source of income.
4.Â Consider buying gifts for your kids that arenâ€™t toys.
Iâ€™mÂ not naive. Your kids will likely be disappointed if there areÂ no toys to open on Christmas. But what if there wereÂ lessÂ toys? For our family, weâ€™re considering, taking some of theÂ money that would have gone towards toys and getting a familyÂ zoo pass or science museum membership. The result is less toysÂ to clutter the house and and a gift that encourages familyÂ time.
5.Â Shop locally and ethically.
IfÂ you want to know the money you are spending on gifts is going
to a good cause, you canâ€™t go wrong by choosing to support a
friendsâ€™ home business. You can also find a great list hereÂ of companies making â€œpositiveÂ efforts in environmental stewardship, no forced labor in the
making of products, and ethical treatment of employeesâ€.
Iâ€™dÂ love to hear what your family does to make the season special.
What do you do to make it meaningful? How do you keep from
getting stressed out by all the demands for your time and
AmyÂ blogs about faith, family and homeschooling at Amy Writes at http://amyfritzwrites.com/
She is a native Minnesotan who recently relocated to the
Nashville, TN area. She and her husband, Nathan, have three
children: Ethan-8 Â½, Audrey-7, and Isaac-4.
Thanks for your kind words, Heather. I appreciate the opportunity to guest post for you 🙂
Love ya, Amy!!! XO
Good morning Heather. Great post, as always. These are wonderful tips to help us have a more enjoyable holiday season. It truly is important to make sure we aren’t just creating stress for ourselves. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Regina!!!! Amy has such a wonderful way of writing things simply and they go straight to the heart, don’t they?
Hope you have a wonderful holiday week!
Blessings to you,
Good ideas, thanks! I was wanting to look at the shopping suggestions but I get a 404 Not Found message with that link.
It has been fixed now, Cathy! 🙂
thanks for letting us know!
I think the link is fixed now?
This was well written! This has been on my heart for many years. We have taken the actions. We make a lot of gifts. I love simplified holidays. I also like reducing clutter!
Jill, I’m so glad it spoke to you! Thanks for reading.