This Christmas is gonna be different.
OK, we say that every year. As December arrives, we almost always pledge to simplify. We promise to cut back on shopping and spending. And then we nearly don’t.
This year, we really mean it.
Our nation’s economy is downright disheartening these days. Jobless claims continue to point to difficulties for families all around. Prices keep climbing for items bearing less quality than ever before.
We are definitely feeling the crunch. Isn't everyone?
Yep, things are gonna change this time.
We are trimming our holiday gift list, even as we trim our tree. We’re drawing names for small family gifts, instead of giving to everyone. We’re cleaning out our closets and donating items without replacing them, as we once did.
And we’re giving more than a few do-it-yourself holiday gifts.
The entire process is making us much more deliberate about how we celebrate the birthday of the King. By bustling about less and cutting our costs, we are rediscovering a secret about what really matters – and what does not.
We’re making memories, instead of racking up big bills.
Tonight, for example, I’m baking some marvelous morsels with my teen. We’re planning to dig into a few of those delicious delights tonight, but we’ll also pack plenty for holiday gifting.
The recipe card may be titled “Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars,” but we are finding it’s a recipe for much more than that.
So, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)
Yep, I’m relishing more than a few old family recipes, even as we discover ways to enjoy family time.
I’m thankful for reams of recipes to relish.
I’m thanking God for simple instructions, both in and out of the kitchen. I’m grateful for the ingredients and the energy to bake up holiday goodies. Most of all, I appreciate having someone special to join me in the process. I know those days may be numbered.
For what are you thankful?
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