We are quickly approaching what is for some women the most dreaded time of the year – the holiday season! We have largely allowed our culture’s priorities and expectations to color our viewpoint of this special time, turning it from the peaceful, fun, memorable experience it was meant to be into a season of over-the-top hustle and bustle, busyness, stress, and endless to-do lists.
There is a better way, ladies! We have another option. We do not have to fall prey any longer to the breakneck speed of how the culture does the holiday season. We have the freedom and ability to take action, to be intentional, and to craft the kind of festive season that we have always dreamed of for ourselves and our families. It’s up to us!
Today I want to share with you ladies four practical ways you can intentionally go about making the most of these last several weeks leading up to the holidays in order to make it the most peaceful, beautiful, impactful season it can possibly be. Let’s get started!
4 Steps Towards Creating a Beautiful Holiday Season
Ask your family!
We live in the age of Pinterest, in which we mistakenly believe we have to make all the crafts, cook and bake all the recipes, host all the events, and take in all the holiday experiences in order for our holidays to count for anything. Nothing could be further from the truth! We are not living to impress or please the culture (at least we shouldn’t be!). We should be living to first and foremost please the Lord, and part of doing so is prioritizing our own families and their unique interests and desires. So, here’s what I want you to do: sit down with each member of your family and ask him or her what traditions, foods, and events mean the most to them. Find out what says “Thanksgiving” or “Christmas” to them and what they have been really looking forward to doing. Then make a list of those things.
We all want to make the holidays special and memorable for our families. The problem comes when we race ahead with things we assume will constitute as special and imagine ourselves to have to plan a holiday to-do list a mile long, when instead all we have to do to make the most of the holiday season before us is simply ask our families what they would enjoy. It’ll save you so much stress if you do this, and will truly make the holidays meaningful.
To read the other 3 tips, head on over to Raising Homemakers!