“I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice,
and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink,
and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”
Holiday traditions are as unique as the people who celebrate them and the homes they celebrate in. While some like to keep their décor, menus, and activities simple, others like to go all out. Depending on the season of life we’re in, adjustments can be made based on the amount of time, space, funds, and energy available. Over-obligated celebrations can cause strain on families which can turn homes into battlegrounds. Holidays are much more enjoyable celebrated in peaceful “Home Sweet Home” kind of places.
Celebrating in the comfort of our homes is a blessing not everyone can enjoy. When necessities are lacking, decorating, parties, and traditions are often out of reach. These situations remind me of a mother who knew firsthand what it was like to celebrate the birth of Christ without a home.
In Luke 2:7, we see that Mary, the mother of Jesus, didn’t have a cozy place to have her baby. There was no sterile hospital, or beautiful, color-coordinated nursery full of stylish furnishings, stuffed toys, and soft linens, or a rocking chair to hold and feed her crying child. Her precious son, the Savior of the world, was placed in a simple manger while being loved and celebrated as much as any baby.
Love can be celebrated anywhere, in any way, with very little. Sometimes we forget that because most of us have comfortable places to live with more than we need. Celebrating Christ’s birth, even in simple ways, shows appreciation for God’s gifts.
Simple Christmas décor and traditions can brighten the atmosphere and inspire celebratory moods without breaking the bank. Creative decorations, dinners, gatherings, and gifts can be:
- Easy – simple and subtle
- Eclectic – creative mix of styles
- Elaborate – elegant and classy
The fun is getting to express our family’s unique lifestyles and talents.
It’s important to note that not everyone will share in the holiday spirit. Considering everyone’s preferences beforehand can help prevent having home celebrations ruined by “Grinches.” Discuss needs, encourage compromises and determine what’s best for the majority.
Determine the Time Available
Check everyone’s calendars to avoid overcommitment. Adults and children alike can get holiday fatigue participating in too many activities. Try to maintain healthy schedules while allowing some flexibility during celebrations.
Determine the Space Available
Planning a large party in a small space is not only stressful, its nuts. If you have a small home and a large guest list, find a larger venue to accommodate everyone. Eliminate unnecessary discomfort and drama.
Determine the Funds Available
Overextending budgets to celebrate is neither appreciated nor impressive. If the budget is tight, scale back and plan ahead for next year.
Determine the Energy Available
Depleting energy, keeping overwhelming traditions, is senseless. Big plans bring little joy if it puts us in the sick bed. Keep a balanced pace and enjoy your festivities.
Our homes should be places of solace during the holidays. Let’s create comfort and celebrate to our heart’s content.
“Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better than that
a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion:
for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?”
Bring It Home
What is one way you celebrate Christmas in your home?
Praying for you as we grow together,