Simplicity is so easily forgotten this time of year! The simplicity of just talking, eating, laughing, playing, and enjoying time together. It's made in the connection to those you love. It's loving where you are, no matter where that is.
It also requires being present and disconnecting...which means putting away your phones that suck you out of the present. This year, I plan to take around this box to all my family parties and set it in the middle of the table with a sign that says: "Choose to be present, please leave your phone in the box."
Isn’t that what Christmas is all about though – simplicity? We are the ones who have turned it into over-spending, obligations, fancy clothes and five course meals with an expectation of perfection. But that’s not where the memories are made, guys. In my house, memories are made in the gag gifts, mealtime mishaps, laughter that turns into a snort and gingerbread house messes. It's when we realize how much we truly are one big, happy, messy, mixed, crazy family.
The holiday is, after all, about the simplicity of a baby boy who was born in a simple stable, sent from a God who came to connect with the lost, broken, messy people of the world. It was the simple act of unconditional love that changed us and the world forever. A simplicity that is so easily forgotten this time of year.
What do you do or will you do to keep your Christmas simple this year?
Merry Christmas to you all, from my family to yours!
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Hi, I'm Teresa. I am an Integrative Holistic Health Coach. I help you clear the clutter and live with intention so you can live happier and healthier lives.