I invite you to read what Anne Marie at Nada Farm has to say about the busy Christmas season. Can you take a minute to read, it's not very long. Promise to come back here so we can discuss her ideas.
ANNE MARIE'S IDEA
Her words are exactly what blogger Anne Grosvenor extolled us at the get together last year. I was shocked to learn that she passed away from cancer and I think about her and her infectious message, "support each other, be joyous!"
Fleas Navidog - Gingerbread House
Anne Marie continually lays the path for discovering what is important in our lives and how to pare things down to the essentials. We need to determine what is essential for our well being, our peace of mind and our happiness. You'd be surprised at how happy you could be after divesting yourself of layers of "junk", literally and figuratively.
Our children are grown and we slowly came upon the ideas expressed by Anne Marie, namely cutting down on the stuff and fortifying ourselves by spending time on Christmas cooking dinner together and eating the meal we'd prepared.
The realities of our finances sped up the process. We bought less, simply because circumstances didn't allow for more. The big surprise was that we didn't feel sad or deprived in any way. Christmas was still Christmas. We had fun and no dents had been made in our holiday. The less is more attitude continued throughout the year and I've learned new and exciting ways to upcycle things.
As time goes on it's less of a struggle to fend off that "keep up with the Joneses" thought process. It's a constant battle for me. Is it for you?
Create memories this season. Do something fun. Go sledding. Make marshmallows. Have a party and make gingerbread houses together. Sit in front of the fire.