Let the Insanity Begin!

November 24, 2014

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Today is one month from Christmas Eve. For those of us in the States this Thursday is Thanksgiving. For virtually all of us the next five and half weeks are busy, and for some of us it is busy to the point of insanity. We will spend too much, eat too much, and possibly spend too much time with friends or family. We will sleep too little, and spend far too little one-on-one time with our spouse. Some enjoy the holidays, some survive them, and many manage both.

Are you ready for the insanity?

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What if you decide to opt out of some of the insanity this year? What if you bought less, ate less, and partied less? Maybe you could do more with your husband and kids, but do simpler things that do not cost too much money or energy.

I realise this is a difficult task, especially if you have young kids and/or are involved in church leadership. Difficult, but not impossible. Doing it well will require getting your husband on board, so have that discussion first.

Gaye of Calm Healthy Sexy wrote a great post on this recently. Check out 5 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Christmas this Year .  

~ Paul – I’m XY, and I’ve already started the Christmas music!

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IntimacySeeker November 24, 2014 at 2:49 am

For me, doing Christmas well means doing Advent well. I have never “bought in” (pardon the pun) to the Black Friday madness. When our kids were growing up, we limited gifts to 3 each. We now give additionally to charity rather than buy gifts we don’t need and will likely return.

Years ago I heard some sound advice: “During the holidays, focus on relationships rather than projects.” I think you have reiterated that well in this post.

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Paul Byerly November 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Sounds good all around. We have gone to far fewer gifts, with most of what we give being small and simple or edible.
We try to give both time and money in various ways. Several times we have taken food and baked good to a local fire or EMS station. Once they had just left for a call, but we found a door open. When they got back their table was full of great food, and they had no idea how it got there. Now that was fun!
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Gaye @CalmHealthySexy November 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

Thanks, Paul, for sharing my post. I love the phrase “opt out of some of the insanity.” That’s exactly what we need to do.
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Paul Byerly November 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

It is a choice.
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