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Making the Most of the Holiday Season!

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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting easily stressed. The holidays are quickly approaching and with their impending arrival a whole host of my to-do’s. Projects that need tying up, things I want to purchase before the year’s end, and squishing every bit of festivity into the next two months with elfish energy and enthusiasm

Growing up I was fascinated by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House stories. Long before we started homeschooling, I’d get up early to watch the

, Mom read usFarmer Boy and we’d eat dinner by lantern light just because we could. We were intrigued by this simpler way of life. Especially the way they celebrated the Holidays. Laura and her family didn’t have much, but it never took much to make the holidays special. She was so excited at Christmas when she got a peppermint stick, her own tin cup, and a penny! A peppermint stick, her own tin cup, and a penny! And yet here we are wanting the newest technology, and a million wrapped presents under the tree.

We are quickly approaching what our family calls “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. The time between Halloween and January 2nd ish.

For us it’s more than Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. It’s the entire holiday season.

It’s Summer turning to Autumn, followed by the chill of Winter, the changing of the leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. Halloween costumes, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, “Disney’s Happy Haunting”, and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. It’s spending time together transforming the house into a Christmas Wonderland. Watching Christmas movies, cooking, and baking in the kitchen. Gathering with family, and playing Christmas music long before it’s “socially acceptable”.

Baking Christmas cookies

With 2020’s unique struggles the holidays were at a much slower pace than normal. 2021’s already screaming “Let’s make up for lost time and cram as much as possible into the next two months!!” It makes me wonder: Do we really like the “hustle and bustle” or are we following along with the crowd because we feel we have to?  

As we embark on “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” I want to take a minute and remind myself and you, what this season (and every day) is really about. Bringing glory and honor to God (1 Corinthians 10:31). It’s taken me a while to reach this point but I’ve realized that YOU have to do what YOU feel is best for YOU and YOUR FAMILY within the will of God.

You don’t have to attend every holiday party, parade, and shopping extravaganza. Make YOUR OWN MEMORIES, don’t try to squish your family into everyone else’s mold! Let go of the need to do it all and embrace where you are with who you are with. Remember that as Christians our goal is to please God, not man (Galatians 1:10). If this year you want to decorate early and binge-watch Christmas movies until January, go for it! If you want to attend as many gatherings as you can with family and friends, go! Or if you’re like me and want to find a balance in the middle of attending some festive activities, and spending time at home enjoying the lights and movies, let’s do it!

The Holiday season only comes once a year. Let’s not waste it worrying about silly things that won’t matter a year from now.

Let’s focus on today and what we can do RIGHT NOW to 1) bring glory and honor to God, and 2) How can we make it festive? Maybe listening to festive music, or wearing a festive outfit, or simply taking a five-minute break for a dance party. The Holidays aren’t the big gigantic things. Often, just like life itself, it’s the normal day-to-day activities that we cherish the most…

So…let’s set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2) and what really matters and decide right now to make the most of 2021’s Holiday Season! Are you with me?

Until next time,
Bailey Sue