What is it about the hustle and bustle of the holiday’s that causes that extra layer of stress on us? Do you know what I’m talking about? This year I am taking a step back and allowing myself some grace this season, because I want to enjoy this time and not let it fly by me while I’m just a big ball of stress. Who is with me??
I have found that this year has been just plain different. It seemed like a race to get the Christmas tree up and then it was a race to get the Christmas shopping done early and not to mention the pressure to get meaningful gifts. Ahh – I’m mentally exhausted. I want my house to look picture perfect and my first pecan pie to be delicious and everyone to get nice gifts, but there’s only so much we can do perfectly, right?! (Can you tell I’m a perfectionist yet?)
For the remainder of this holiday season, I am giving myself some grace and here’s why.
- Less is More. I am striving for the mentality of less = more. Did you catch my previous post on having a Minimalist Christmas? This year, we are cutting back on the gift giving and playing gift exchange games with our families so that our budgets are not being sacrificed for expectations of providing gifts for each individual. Whew – and can I just say that buying 6 gifts vs. 25 + gifts was an instant relief. This allows for more family time and less time thinking about the material things of this world. Giving grace.
- Love over perfection. I am valuing the love of family and friends over the compliments of the making of my 1st pie. I hosted a little gathering at my house this fall where I was serving up my very 1st pumpkin pie. (I was over the top excited) Unfortunately, this pie was missing a few ingredients and was less than yummy. (if you need a good laugh, you can read about my unlucky pie making experience here.) But you know what, it made for a great laugh and a special visit with our friends. So this year, I’m giving myself some grace, because the holidays are about coming together, not about who can make the most perfect meal. Giving grace.
So long little ball of stress, I am enjoying this year to it’s fullest! How are you giving yourself some grace this holiday season? I’d love to hear some additional tips! Leave your ideas in the comments below.
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