This Christmas season, I’m using a different approach. I’m on a “less is more” campaign. Instead of trying to figure out how to change the world, for example, (I do tend to think big), I’m focusing on more doable things, like decorating for a neighbor, sending a card, inviting someone over.
Instead of buying more, I’m buying less, but taking time to really think about each purchase.
Instead of doing more, I’m trying to be more intentional about a few things.
Instead of trying every gimmick that floods my inbox to sell more books, I’m targeting my efforts and ignoring the rest.
In short, I decided to get off the Christmas-craziness merry-go-round and narrow my focus. I’m taking time to think, to talk with people—be they neighbors, co-workers or booksellers—and make eye contact, instead of galloping by on my way to the next item on my to-do list.
In digging through the layers I’ve heaped over my life, and am reaching down, down, down for the things that matter most: the people, the relationships, the many blessings I’ve been given and those I’m privileged to share them with.
Practically speaking, I got out my red pen and slashed my to-do list in half. I will not get to do everything I’d like to do. Nobody does. But I’m being intentional, to make sure the things that are most important don’t let lost in the shuffle.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed this Christmas season too, I totally understand. Let me encourage you to take a few minutes and ask yourself:
What matters most this Christmas season?
What changes do I need to make so those things don’t get missed, rushed or skipped over?
How can I encourage someone this season?
The answers to those questions will make it easy to adjust your calendar.
I wish you and your family a wonderful, stress-free, Less-is-More Christmas.
Less craziness. More Christ.
Connie Mann is the author of Angel Falls, a romantic suspense, and offers encouragement at: www.BusyWomenBigDreams.com. She’s also a USCG-licensed captain, so when she’s not writing, she’s usually out on the water. But this Christmas, she plans to be at home in Florida, hanging out with her family eating homemade cookies.