“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, decorations, toys everywhere, carols being sung all over town, and how about the stress? In a culture where materialism often reigns supreme, the holidays bring with them a host of stressors in lieu of the peace and joy that we sing about. As a homeschool mom of six, finding the resources to meet the typical demands of “Christmas giving” is overwhelming. In fact, I propose we break off those chains and celebrate the holidays in a more simple manner. What do you say?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the amazing traditions we celebrate and those that are celebrated by so many different cultures and in so many ways during this time of year. I just want to lose the menacing portion of our Holiday celebrations. For example, instead of mindless purchasing of gifts to simply say we did. Let’s think about the intentions behind the gift. How can we touch the heart of someone with our gift? How can we give joy? or How can we give of ourselves this Christmas?
In our home, we’ve really dialed back the whole “wish” list mentality. In fact, for my kids I love the simple gifting guide of “want, need, wear, and read.” It’s perfect for us. Is there a way that you can adjust your holiday “whooby-whaty” to bring more joy? I’ve been thinking about this for some time, and want to share a few meaningful ways that you and I can gift from the heart.
Give the gift of time. A recent study showed that when asked what children wanted for christmas… a toy or a time spent with mom or dad… they invariably chose time! A great way to do this is with:
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]