Christmas should be the most wonderful time of the year, but sometimes it can be the most stressful time of the year!
Last week I shared 6 lists to make for Christmas preparation, and I also shared that I make a “not-doing”list.
It is something that I started the year I was pregnant and just getting over morning sickness. That was the start of me simplifying my life.
There may be things on my list that you want to do for Christmas because it brings you joy. I say, do it!
Everyone’s Christmas traditions will be different. But you can probably think of some other things that you could skip this year.
Give yourself a little grace and avoid the added stress.
So here’s what I’m NOT doing this Christmas.
1. I’m not getting professional photos.
I plan to take pictures of my son in front of our Christmas tree. Last year, I used a picture I took for our Christmas cards and plan to do the same this year.
I’m just not willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a picture that I can take myself.
2. I’m not making a lot of Christmas candy and goodies.
I stick to 3 items: my husband’s candy request, my favorite Christmas candy, and frosted sugar cookies.
There is usually plenty to give away to family and neighbors as well.
3. I’m not getting a real Christmas tree.
Our faux tree is pretty, and I actually prefer it because it is so easy to put together. Of course, it saves us some money too!
4. I’m not going Black Friday shopping.
I have 2 reasons:
A) I’m not a crowd person.
B) I’d rather be sleeping! 🙂
5. I’m not writing a Christmas letter.
Last year was the first time that I wrote a Christmas letter. We had a lot of changes in 2014: a baby, new house, and I became a SAHM, so I wanted to share that in the letter.
However, this year I don’t want to spend the time on a letter, so I’m just sending out photo cards that I will make through Wal-Mart’s Photo Center.
6. I’m not decorating the entire house.
The Christmas that I was pregnant, I only decorated the living room instead of the entire house. I loved the simplicity of my decor, and plan to only decorate the main living areas again this year.
7. I’m not comparing myself to others.
It can be easy to compare ourselves to others at Christmas time. Someone else may have a perfectly decorated tree, huge piles of gifts under their trees, or elaborate parties, and you may think that you don’t measure up.
But you can only compare yourself to yourself.
Do the best you can with what you have, and enjoy the season spent with family and friends!
What are you NOT doing this Christmas?
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