Using Christmas Time Well

In order to make December “the most wonderful time of the year” I need to do a little planning first. Being deliberate about what I choose to do with the time I have this month can help lighten up our Christmas time!


What is Christmas? I have to start there. If I remember why I am celebrating Christmas in the first place, it helps me make all of the other decisions for my time this holiday.  Continue reading “Using Christmas Time Well”

A Lighter Christmas

It turns out, a good Christmas was really very simple.


Christmas this year was just right. I don’t say that very often. I’m world-class at setting up high expectations and then crashing into misery when they are not met. Ask me how often my high expectations are met… Continue reading “A Lighter Christmas”

Wise Gifts

Buying gifts has become a huge (and sometimes heavy?) part of the celebration of Christmas. But is there a way to make this festive tradition a light-filled one as well? Here are my thoughts this year.

It started with the Wise Men. Well, sort of. When early Christian leaders made the decision to make the celebration of Christmas on December 25th, it was done to replace some of the “pagan” holidays that were already being celebrated. Gift giving was already a part of Saturnalia, a celebration by the Romans. So the Christians took the idea and tied it to the fact that the wise men who visited the baby Jesus brought gifts. Continue reading “Wise Gifts”

Lighting the Tree

How fun is it to combine two traditions into one? For the past 17 years my travel souvenirs have made an annual appearance on our Christmas tree.


When it’s officially time to decorate for Christmas (not until after Thanksgiving, thank you very much), I can’t wait to put up the Christmas tree! We have an artificial tree. Yes, that means we have to store it in our garage, but I’d rather do that than cut down a live tree every year. Our tree is an old friend by now. But what makes it even more magical, are the ornaments. Continue reading “Lighting the Tree”