Sunday, December 02, 2007
Simple Living in December
It's difficult to believe that December is here already. It doesn't seem that long ago that lavender farms and pulling weeds were the focus of my days. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas passed quickly. The holiday season gives opportunity for traditions, time with family, and giving. It can also bring stress and a 'to do' list that is miles too long. Learning to prioritize and discard that which is not necessary can be helpful during the holiday season. In the newspaper yesterday there was a short information column that refers to a ministry that was started more than 30 years ago in protest of the commercialization of Christmas. Their website presents some excellent ideas for alternative gift giving and suggestions for reducing stress. They also list "10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas". Their website can be found here: Simple Living.
What are your ideas for taking the stress out of Christmas? Do you have simple techniques that can improve the quality of this traditional holiday and reduce the stress that it so often brings?
One way to simplify is to enjoy the holiday decorating others have done and reducing what you require of yourself at home. This beautiful wreath is displayed in a local restaurant window and brings beauty to the season where it can be enjoyed by many.