Be Mindful These Next Four Days…

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Dear Friends,

If you’ve been out and about, you can probably sense a sort of last-minute pre-Christmas frenzy. It’s in these last days before Christmas that I’ve previously lost sight of my goals in past years, buying impulse gifts and charging things on my credit cards because I suddenly felt like I needed to do and buy more, more, more.

This morning I made a list of groceries and final things we need before Christmas day, including a little budget, to make sure I stay on track. Let’s all stay strong, and let’s not fall into the last-minute spending trap!


  • We do not have to buy a present for each person who buys us one.  Giving is not about reciprocation.
  • The gift we give does not have to be equal in value to the gift someone gives us.
  • We can graciously accept someone’s generosity with sincere appreciation, without immediately focusing on what we did or didn’t buy for the giver.
  • Our loved ones would not wish us to get in debt buying them things we really can’t afford.

Enjoy these blessed days leading up to Christmas, breathe deeply, hug your loved ones, think twice before spending, be careful out on the roads, take care of yourself, and have fun!


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Be Mindful These Next Four Days…

  • Rob

    GREAT advice! Now don’t forget to heed your own words. 😊

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