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Tis the season to be…

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Tis the season to be…

My husband and I absolutely LOVE this time of year; the cooler weather, the Christmas lights, weeks out of school, and the Christmas cheer that comes with it all. As I scroll through Pinterest, check off my gift list, read blogs, and plan lessons for my 3rd graders, I can see how easily ‘Tis the season to be jolly’ easily becomes ‘Tis the season to be stressed out’. I’m not sure whose idea it was to shower our children with EVERYTHING available for the year and outdo one another with gifts, but I’d sure like to chat with them.

The word says, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” Romans 12:10. There is a HUGE differentiation in love/honor and over abundance of toys and electronics. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy giving and receiving gifts…but the attitude that drives it should be jolly, not stress.

When our oldest child was about 3 or 4 he spent the day telling everyone he couldn’t remember all that he received on Christmas morning. Tim and I were awakened to fact that we had fallen into the “trap”. We decided that Jesus received only 3 gifts, so our children could survive with 3 as well. At 14, 12, & 6, they LOVE trying to decide which 3 they want at the top of their list.  They’ve never felt deprived or done without and they covet the 3 gifts they receive each year.

 What’s one way you have diminished stress over the holidays?

Be Blessed…

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