A Christmas Creed

Christmas is coming up and it seems like every year I get carried away trying to do everything. I feel like it is my job to make Christmas special for my family, but since we do not yet have any firm traditions, I end up trying to do everything.  In the past I’ve ended up feeling stressed out and like I’m missing out on the Christmas spirit.

So, this year I am adopting a new Christmas creed: celebrating Christmas is about our family. Yesterday I was looking at my plan for Christmas I realized that most of the activities I had planned were things I had seen other people do, but that really didn’t matter much to our family. For example, after visiting the bishop’s beautifully decorated home, I wanted our home to be beautifully decorated, too. And, after seeing the products of one woman’s Christmas bake-off I also wanted to bake lots and lots of Christmas goodies. Yet, at this point the only one in my family who cares about Christmas decorations are me, and it’s okay with me if everything isn’t quite perfect yet, nor do we have the funds right now to go all out like this other woman had. And, there aren’t enough people in our family yet to eat lots of Christmas goodies – we can hardly make it through a single batch of sugar cookies! A Christmas bake-off also would not help our goal of eating more healthy.

As I thought about what would actually make Christmas better for our family, I realized the number one thing was just doing things together at a family. Yet, somehow I had left out those kind of activities almost entirely from my plans. Not just that but I realized that other plans I had could be changed to make them easier on me and more enjoyable for my family.

So, this year, whenever I come up with a Christmas plan I’m going to ask myself these questions:

  • Which family member(s) will get something from this activity and what will they get out of it?
  • Is the amount of work and effort I put into this activity proportional to the amount of joy and fun my family will receive from it?
  • Is there maybe an easier way to do this plan that will still bring the same benefit at the same or similar monetary cost?
  • How can I do this activity in such a way that it will bring our family closer together?

I’m already feeling much more into the Christmas spirit. I still have ideas for lots of fun things to do, but they are things that are really going to make a difference for me and my family, not things that just stress me out and bring my family little joy.

What family activities do you do that really bring the Spirit of Christmas for you and your family?


4 comments so far

  1. chococatania on

    I enjoyed your post. It is hard to come to this time of year, and not want to do everything. For me, it may have something to do with my Martha Stewart Living subscription.

    We have a few activities we like – we do all the baking/candy making. However, my girls LOVE helping me cook, package, and deliver the goodies. It is truly a family event for us.

    Another tradition we love is making ornaments and decorations. For years, I couldn’t afford very luxurious gifts, so we have a lot of home-made ornaments.

    Finally, every year Santa brings us a nativity set. He brings this to us a week or two before Christmas – with a note – reminding the family that Jesus is the real reason for Christmas. (I usually buy this nativity set well in advance, and most of the sets we have are small sets – even ornaments – something nativity related).

    Thanks for the post. I hope you ahve a good Christmas.

  2. searchingthescriptures on

    Those are some great ideas! Another thing I realized is that a lot of the things I would enjoy doing with my daughter, she is just too young to enjoy just yet. For example, I was wanting to have her help me make Christmas cards for family, but she’s just too young to really to understand Christmas cards. So, instead of making stuff I decided to look for some videos of Christmas songs on youtube and watch them with her to help her learn the songs, since this is something she gets really excited about right now.

    Thanks so much for reading! Have a great Christmas.

  3. Storage Chest · on

    i would have to make more christmas cards becuase next month is december already -`*

  4. Megan Ally on

    family activities are very nice to have, it also strengthens the bond among family members ,~’

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