For too long, I allowed the pressures of a busy schedule to steal the joy of Christmas. It seemed like the celebration stretched my to-do list to the breaking point.
This year, I decided to focus on the meaningful items rather than trying to cram every activity available into a few short weeks:
1. The birth of Jesus.
2. Making the day special for the people I love.
3. Thinking of those less fortunate through Operation Christmas Child and our church's annual toy/clothing giveaway.
4. Shopping with an eye not only for bargains, but also for gifts people would truly appreciate.
5. Baking cookies.
Instead of having to get it done, I get to do things that matter - giving with all my heart.
Writers and Readers: How do you keep Christmas blessed instead of stressed?
Photo Credit: Jenny Erickson