I recently typed a post on Facebook where I was sharing that I had cancelled Christmas at my house. After the comment posted…I was bothered by the magnitude of the comment.
No, I had not just cancelled Christmas but instead we were not exchanging gifts on Christmas day. Was I going to allow that one aspect of the holiday to overshadow the whole season?
Nope. I have all intentions of putting up our tree, baking Christmas cookies and making our advent wreath…and a list of other activities my kids have not yet informed me about.
My happiness with the holiday comes from my family celebrating the day with me…I will be thankful they have the health to be laughing and eating goodies.
Yes, this year with my husband being on disability, our septic getting replaced, and medical bills…well we have had to make some serious choices with finances.
How many Christmas traditions are wrapped around activities not linked to gift giving?
- Caroling…with our church family at local nursing homes
- Cookies…my kids would love to bake everyday with the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes: Easy Holiday Cookies 2014
- Decorating…how about making a popcorn garland
- Advent reading of Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent
- Christmas Eve service at church
- Drive around and view the Christmas lights
- Volunteer to serve others
- Hot chocolate and Christmas movies
…I could keep going with my list…but I think I am going to have plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas…so I might have to go delete my cancelled Christmas post.
Yes, we still have our Geography and Christmas lesson plans to keep us busy.
Now I am one of those ladies who loves to send out Christmas cards…I downright enjoy the whole process…but since I do not have the funds to print 100 cards and mail them…well I might just be brainstorming how to make a pile of them from stuff found around my house. Although I might have to limit my list to those who live within 45 minutes drive time from my house. Sounds like an evening adventure to pass out Christmas cards.
My family might be the only ones okay with presents not being under the tree…seriously I have seen the raised eyebrows…but I hope you won’t think how sad…I hope you will take a moment to realize why we are content with our nativity being the only thing under the tree.
While I was researching on the web the words “God Can” jumped out at me. I wanted to create a visual for my family…God can…God will…see us through this.
I created this label for my empty soup can… God Can Label
Now anyone in my house can drop a note about their concerns into my “God Can.”