October 31 for me this year meant a quick trip to pick up discounted candy at Target (apparently our family has zero self-control if candy is purchased too far in advance of Halloween) and then a stop at Hobby Lobby to see what treasures I might find on the 1,578 shelves filled with Christmas decor. It had all been there since late July but, as much as I love the holidays, I staunchly refuse to even look at any of it until we are safely in the ‘ber’ months (September, October, you get the idea).
I saw beautiful trees and beautiful wreaths and so many things that I thought would make really fun additions to our home this year. I meandered through the aisles and aisles of ornaments, picking up a box or two only to stare at them for a minute and then put them right back on the shelf.
But after roaming the store for a little while longer, I FINALLY found something. Are you ready to see it?
That’s it, you ask? I said the same thing to myself as I was leaving the store! Out of all of those aisles and aisles of beautiful decor, all I bought was a fun new tree topper for my 12 year old daughter’s Christmas tree!
What is wrong with me?!
Well, I’ll tell ya.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to me in recent months. And what I’ve come to realize is that my commitment to simplifying and being a better steward of my resources (time, money, energy) has all led up to this moment in my life. I’ve told you before that my new mantra is that never again will I make seasonal decorating a complicated, elaborate (or expensive!) process. But, I’ve found that it’s something I need to recommit myself to over and over again as the temptation arises. And never is this more true than at Christmas-time. It’s kind of like committing to healthy eating right before the holidays. Resisting the temptation to dig in is increased a hundredfold when all of the goodies are paraded right in front of you!
But, when you realize just how great it feels to resist that temptation and to be mindful of how you are taking care of yourself (and that includes taking care of your home and your money!) it just gets easier and easier.
So, I’m heading into the holiday season this year with a mindset towards simplicity that has not only taken root and flourished since last year, but has really been cemented. I’ll be digging through my current stash (bins and bins and bins!) of Christmas decorations, selling and donating the ‘excess’, and making the most of what I decide to keep. I’ll watch paperwhite bulbs grow and spend just a bit of money on a fresh wreath for my front door and use the time, energy and money I save on ‘new’ things wisely as I invest it all of the things that truly matter this season. Being with the ones I love and celebrating the ONE Who makes it all possible!
Now, I want to hear from you!
Have you embraced a more simplified way of celebrating the holidays?
What are your favorite inexpensive ways to decorate for Christmas?
And, if you want to see how I simplified my decor last year, you can take the tour here.
Thanks so much for meeting me here today friends!