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For the past few years, my husband and I have been trying get a handle on what we want Christmas to look like for our family.

And we have failed.

Often Christmas has been all over the place. We start out trying to make it simple and it turns into a beast all of its own.

This year? We are on this. {Fingers crossed} We laid out some practical ways we are going to simplify Christmas.

Here are a few:

  • Two gifts per kid: We had the kids make a list of the what they wanted and tell us the top four things they would really like. We will pick two from that.
  • Each kid will pick out a gift from the Compassion International Christmas catalog to send to someone. Or we will pick out one large gift as a family.  {You can order a catalog here: http://forms.compassion.com/ordercatalog/}
  • Gifts for cousins: With our cousins, we are getting together to exchange homemade gifts.  {We did this last year and it was one of the most special memories.}
  • Each Sunday {or days if we can} we will go through a reading of Advent. {We use John Piper’s Great News of Great Joy.}
  • We will find a local family to bless this year. {Whether it be with gifts, food or helping with bills.}
  • We will focus on being thankful. We are in a good place this Christmas. We know what it is like to not be. We will be thankful in both.
  • We will breathe, laugh and enjoy the time together. Realizing we are making memories with out realizing it.

And to be honest. It didn’t go over all that well initially with our kids. But slowly I have watched the excitement as they have looked through the Compassion catalog, and thought about what they want to give and realize that they don’t have to worry about the five million things that they want and how and if they can get them.

“I think this is better” my oldest came to me this morning and said.

We hope so.


“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!

-Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!-

Wife, mother of six, city girl turned farm girl, in process.
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  1. Love it! I always dislike looking back on this time and only remembering the stress and worry about trying to make it all work. It will be nice instead to reflect on the season and remember peace and just fun times together. Great post!

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