Christmas Holidays & Occasions

A Different Kind of Christmas this Year

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Nativity tree, photo courtesy of Page Hughes

I love Christmas! If it sparkles or twinkles, I think we need two.

You can imagine my inner struggle as my daughter, who has been serving on mission in a third world country, came home frustrated with the excess we live with in America.  Through tears she explained the simplicity of living in a hut with no running water or indoor plumbing and walking everywhere.

I knew this Christmas would need to be different.

Through seeking the Lord I feel like God is showing me that I just need to make it simple this year.   So here are some of the things I will be doing or not doing to make it a little simpler.

* Only display things that reflect Jesus. Nativity scenes, verses of Scripture

* Decorate a tree with family ornaments

* Use candles and Christmas lights to keep the focus on the Light of the World

* Keep gifts minimal yet still meaningful

As I have scaled back my expectations, I have also found there is less stress involved because I am not putting the work in that I have in years past.  I do miss some of the special things I usually display, but I am sure over time I will figure out the balance.  For this year I am going to enjoy my daughter and know that what I am doing is really what is best for her.  As I was thinking about this Christmas I am sure it will be more like Mary than Martha,  sitting down, enjoying my company, and a whole lot less worried about things that are not necessary.

12 Days of Christmas: Day 3

A Simple Christmas

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.

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Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.

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