Saturday, November 25, 2017

Simplify This Season-Maginify the Lord

I always had a mixed feeling about the saying in the title, "Simplify Christmas or the Season." I know what it means but it always makes me think that the celebration of Jesus isn't suppose to be simplified. It should be magnified. The Lord came to this earth as humble as He could. But there was still gifts, gold, spices, costly items, and beauty that was brought to Him this night. There was a simple celebration. A Holy Hush that swept through that night. But a celebration none the least.

Catch what I said above, "Things were brought to HIM."  What a thought?  Now of course we can't shower gifts necessarily to Jesus.  But we can stop and Be Still and lavishly love on Him and represent Him this season.



The bells and whistles are already roaring. The sales, mad rushes, one holiday came and went as fast as lightening, and now here comes the next. Everything seems to fly now these days. One day to the next can start to blend. Holiday's are doing the same. Overlapping! People rushing Christmas before Thanksgiving even happens.  Sales are now taking place on the day of Thanksgiving.

Could it be that the reason we feel this need to simplify this season is because we have a tendency to lose focus of the season?  If there was no rushing, overspending, overeating, over indulging, and stressing there would not be this "trend" of posts about simplifying Christmas.

Christmas was meant to magnify Christ, not ourselves, or our wants. 


But I understand that it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of busy during this season. I do understand we need a game plan to help us not get caught up in all busyness. So, I will post ways I am trying to slow and simplify but most importantly how I or WE as a family will be MAGNIFYING Christ this season in the days to come. Join me in the next few days ahead.
Share ways or your thoughts on Simplifying Christmas!!!!


Blessings,
Chrissy T

14 comments:

  1. I would love to have a homemade Christmas. Or a Christmas with a significant gift price limit. Our family several times has done the 12 days of Christmas for someone. With simple gifts starting on the 13 through the 25. This really brought the reason for celebrating Christmas to my children. I am seriously cutting back on the number and amount of cookies I usually make.

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    1. Neat idea on the 12 Days of Christmas. I would like to do a handmade Christmas one year. I find it sad to say but many people (outside family members and friends) that I have tried to do this with over the years do not appreciate or care for homemade. Kind of sad.

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  2. I have enjoyed your blog so much. We are much alike in our thinking. I have really simplified by means of gift giving. Each child will get 3 gifts. We have 3 boys. We have talked about this in our nightly bible study and ways we can give this season. I am looking forward to your posts.

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    1. I am glad you enjoy your visits. I enjoy your comments. They are very encouraging. We scaled back years ago because we had to and we just kept it that way. I love the idea of 3 gifts.

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  3. Chrissy, I love Christmas! Simplifying Christmas, to me, means more of God and less of me. I don't think there is anything wrong with the holiday spirit of decorating, baking, etc as long as our hearts and minds glorify Christ in all we do.

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    1. I agree 100%! There seems to be this trend to cut things like this out and while I see the approach people are aiming for I just believe that it is important to keep the reason for the season BUT even Christ received gifts. There was celebrations and feasts throughout the bible.

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  4. Many years now we simplify our Christmas, keeping the decor simple, not rushing out for the sale. Making worship, church our focus. For a few years we had changed the way of buying gifts for our kids. While studying the birth of Christ, the thought came to me if Jesus received three gifts, why do we deserve any more then our Lord does? Sharing this thought with them (being thankful little girls) they where content with the idea. I love this post Chrissy. Blessings to you this Christmas season.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the idea of 3 gifts.

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  5. I appreciate your thoughts in here. It really bothers me too how Thanksgiving just seems to be the start of the Christmas season (at least the shopping) rather than be the wonderful holiday that it was designed to be where we focused on what we already have to be thankful for. We do strive to have a simple Christmas. The gifts are very limited and mostly homemade and we only exchange in our immediate family. That doesn't mean we can't or don't give other gifts but they are not given with the expectation of getting anything back and if we can't afford it we don't go into debt to get something because we feel obligated.

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  6. Magnifying the Lord is truly a wonderful ambition in the craziness that takes over the Christmas season!

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  7. We are striving to have a Christmas that is more Christ honoring and less commercial. We are limiting the gifts we give in our home to three. I know we will receive many more as we celebrate with three sets of parents.

    I have also downsized the amount of things that come out the kitchen. There will be a cookie baking day with my mom, sister and nieces. I will only make the two items that people seem to like the most. Caramel corn and caramels.

    We are doing activities that bring our hearts and minds back to Jesus. We are doing an advent reading each night, going to a church event that is called Back to Bethlehem, It will not only be the Nativity but a walk through the village of Bethlehem. I'm looking for a no cost way to serve. So far I haven't found something that will work with hubbys work schedule.

    It's easy to let the world view of Christmas take over and for our focus to be less Christ centered.

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  8. I really love this post Chrissy! thank you so much for sharing it and bringing us back to the reason, the why we celebrate! :)

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  9. I so loved this post Chrissy and you are right on the money with it! Several years ago I decided that it was all just too much during the holiday season. Too much running around, too much spending money we did not have, wearing ourselves out and ne especially becoming exhausted and dreading all our obligations. We made a choice to scale way back and focus on the reason for this glorious time of year and rekindle some old traditions. We started going to Christmas eve services (last year we actually went to two of them and loved it), we reflected on all that HE has blessed us with, we spent time with family and friends. I cut way back on my candy making and baking and narrowed it down to a few items that are tried and true and very loved. This year will be even better since we have another grandchild to celebrate. :)

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  10. Beautiful and needed post my dear! I like enjoying the fun of the season, but I love the almost ritualistic focus on the LORD even more.

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