Mommy minimalism is all the rage. I've been seeking it out in my own life more intentionally for several months now (more on that soon!). With the holidays upon us, many are proclaiming this is the year they will embrace a simple Christmas! But what do we do when Christmas will be simple... but it wasn't by choice?
The Christmas season doesn't bring with it a reprieve from hard things. While the general merriment in the air can lighten hearts, it can also increase the weight of hardships. For some, financial strains seem all the more pressing during this time of gift giving and celebration. Sometimes, a simple Christmas is the only option we have.
Just before Thanksgiving, my husband got injured while out hunting. He has been out of work, without pay, ever since. This Friday, he'll be having surgery to remove 2 benign tumors, which will leave him out through the end of the year. By the grace of God, we are making it! But without a doubt, this Chrismas will be a simple one.
I want my children to embrace the true meaning of Christmas - celebrating Jesus' birth and experiencing the joys of giving. I think there's so much to be said for focusing on compassion, instead of consumerism and using this time to bring hope to others and glory to Jesus! But if I were to be completely honest, having that choice made for me - taking away our ability to give gifts - was painful for me.
You can find creative lists for non-toy gifts - they're full of great ideas that highlight experiences, like memberships and trips. But those things aren't free, so for those facing an unexpectedly simple Christmas, they aren't viable options.
So what is a Momma to do? Going into debt isn't an option, and neither is moping through my favorite part of the year. So here is what I'm doing to enjoy a simple Christmas, even though it wasn't (entirely) by choice!:
This Christmas, each of our children will have 3 presents under the tree. Not to follow some cutesy plan, and not even because "3 presents was good enough for Jesus" - but because that's what we already had for them. We aren't doing some of our 'traditional' Christmas activities, and husband and I have agreed that our new business is our gift to each other. And you know what? This is shaping up to be the very best Christmas I've ever had. Our kids are enjoying not just one morning, but a season - and there's not even a hint of sadness in our home!
To wrap this up, the way you enjoy a simple Christmas, even if it isn't by choice - is by choosing to enjoy it. I pray whatever circumstances you find yourself in this Christmas, you are able to experience the life, light, and joy of JESUS!
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 6! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe of little people to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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