The simple meaning of Christmas is that God came to be with us. And as we’ve celebrated God’s presence, we’ve also added layers upon layers of extra activities that have kept us from enjoying the original focus, Christ with us. But in our layering, it’s possible for us to get distracted with the things of Christmas and miss God in Christmas.
A simple Christmas doesn’t mean do nothing, it means focus on what is most meaningful.
Join the church this December in a spiritual reminder of God’s presence in the midst of common holiday practices: waiting, feasting, giving, and silence.
8 Ways to Strive For a Simple Christmas
Give Yourself Permission to Say No
Choose the activities that are most meaningful to you and your family. It’s ok to say no to the rest.
Plan Experiences Instead of Purchases Gifts
Stronger memories, less wrapping.
Read Luke Chapter 2
You probably already know the story, but there’s something about rereading the words that refocusses our mindset.
Cherish The Simple Things
Hot chocolate, fireplaces, your favorite christmas movie.
Drive Around and Look at Christmas lights
All the fun of lights, none of the untangling.
Simple Ways Give Back
Leave cookies for the Amazon worker, sponsor a child at our Potluck and Presents event, carry a few dollars in your wallet for the Salvation Army Santas, take a treat over to your neighbor.
Decking Less Halls
If it brings you joy, feel free to go full Clark Griswald. But if it’s more hassle, go simple with a few holiday pieces.
Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. More than just lighting candles. Take a minute to brainstorm some ways to evoke these feelings each week.