Enjoy this excerpt from Simplify & Savor the Season: Organize and Re-energize Your Holidays!
One woman shared with me a surprising Christmas service experience. For a Christmas giving project, she had handed out assignments to their immediate and extended family to try to fill a few boxes with clothing and food donations.
However, when all the family members met together, they had actually filled nine big boxes stuffed full of food, gifts, and holiday decorations.
She wrote, “It was so exciting. All 41 of us headed to this family’s home. The emotions that took over when the family answered the door were overwhelming! The father had been out of work for some time and the mother was eight months pregnant. They had been expecting us but I don’t think at the volume at which we came. My point of the story is not to pat our back, but after this many years, the kids still say, ‘Remember when we took all those boxes to that family? Are we doing that again?’ They don’t remember what they got from Santa or anyone else that year, but they remember singing Christmas songs to a family in need. I keep that in mind when I think I need to buy ‘just one more gift’…”
It’s cliche but true; giving is so much better than getting, and much more of a keeper Christmas.
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“And congratulations to Angela D. for winning her own Holiday Gift Set! She receives three books: Simplify & Savor the Season, 40 Days with the Savior, and The Life is Too Short Collection. Enjoy her thoughts on holidays below:
“Holidays are really important to me as a mother, as I grew up in a home with a father that didn’t allow us to celebrate even our birthdays. This was not for any religious reason but more because he was just a grumpy downer. I swore I would do better with my own children and I really think I have but as a working mom hitting my 40’s I’m getting tired!
One thing I have tried to do over the years is watch for and listen to the things my loved ones tell me about their wants and needs. I write them down, set a budget and then when I see a good sale throughout the year, I get that item instead of rushing around at Thanksgiving and Christmas trying to find the items. It really has helped me feel a little more organized and not so flustered as I shop…I enjoy the process more.”