All Done By December One – Your Ideal Holiday Season

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Many of you tell me you’re hoping this year’s holiday season will be different in some way. Perhaps, like me, you’ve struggled in the past to get everything done by December 25 and you long for a simpler, more meaningful celebration of Christmas. Maybe you’re tired of running yourself ragged in December, trying to prepare for what should be a season of joy and peace.

No matter what your motivation is for getting ready for the holidays by December first, I know you put a lot of thought and energy into trying to give your loved ones and friends a special holiday. But I’m thinking about you as I write this, and I have a very important question for you:

What would your ideal holiday season be like?

An important step in creating a plan that works for you is to spend a little time thinking about the Big Picture. Your Holiday Homework is to find a quiet place to curl up with a journal or some paper. Close your eyes for a few minutes, and really think about your vision for the holidays. You may wish to say a prayer and ask for divine guidance.

What sorts of thoughts fill your heart?  Maybe you long for more family time together. Perhaps you want to simplify, and reduce spending and over-consuming (and that embarrassing, too-big pile of presents under the tree). Or maybe you want to think of some creative ways to bring more spirituality into your Christmas celebrations.

Maybe your heart whispers that you need to do less this year. Perhaps it’s time to eliminate some exhausting traditions, or create more time for quiet and reflection. Write that down, too.

If you’re so inclined, feel free to share some of your ideas in the comments section below.

Here’s to doing less, simplifying, relaxing more, letting go, getting things done a little earlier, and having your best holiday season yet.

Hugs,

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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.

2 comments to All Done By December One – Your Ideal Holiday Season

  • Deborah

    My goal this year is to simplify, less gifts and more time spent with family and friends. All done by December 1st will be fantastic!

  • Lois

    This is the first time in three years I’ve had an oven so I think I will schedule a couple of afternoons with grandchildren to bake. I have streamlined my list of what I will be purchasing for gifts and being in a new location I have decided to purchase all my gifts from Etsy with the exception of a book for each child which I will buy from a locally owned bookstore. All done by December 1 is my motto. 😉

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