Wow. The spending season really is upon us. Stores are opening early for Black Friday (some even days earlier).
I’m actually kind of freaking out about it. So I thought I would encourage you (and myself in the telling).
It’s wonderful to give and receive gifts, to share meals with friends and family, and to be a part of seasonal activities. But please don’t buy into the “buy, buy, buy” and the “busy, busy, busy” of the season. Buying more and doing more will not make the holidays bright (think frazzled with empty pockets).
Thanksgiving is about being grateful to God and Christmas is about celebrating His birth. Ask yourself (and your sweetie and kids) what will make these holidays meaningful. Don’t spend beyond your means. Have fun as a couple and family. Love on others. Worship Him.
Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. (so that you can really enjoy the season)
All that said, I am going to share a number of activities and gift giving ideas over the next few weeks. A part of the mission of The Generous Wife is to offer a pool of ideas from which to choose (sort of a jump start to your creativity). Use what works for you and toss the rest (or take a few notes and use the ideas next year). Please don’t feel the need to do it all or buy it all.
Just want y’all to hear the balance of what I’m saying here.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hofmann
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