I've been working on simplifying my life, including Christmas.
For years, I agonized to achieve a magazine worthy look to my Christmas decor. Bedecked garlands ran up my banister, greenery with properly placed candles and stockings draped over my mantle, clusters of poinsettias by my front door and steps. Boxes and boxes of lights and ornaments for the tree. It took strength, endurance, and stamina. And some years, it was totally worth it.
But for other years...it was just draining.
I talked to a woman recently who dreaded decorating her house. She uses actual live greenery! This year, a family member experienced a serious medical issue and everyone was feeling drained. I encouraged her to consider skipping the holiday decor and she looked at me like I ask her to skip Christmas.
That's not what I meant at all. I think you should only do all the work of decorating if it brings you joy. If you're dancing to the Christmas tunes, keep going! Sara Teasdale said "You will recognize your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need."
Maybe this year you need to spend more time with your friends. Go to church and listen to the choir singing your favorite Christmas melodies. Make cookies with your kids.
I started downsizing Christmas a few years ago. Now I have a table top tree whose lights pop on at exactly five o'clock. Their glow greets me when I come home after work- it's a lovely end to my day. Sprinkled around the house are a few more holiday reminders. Not too many...but the right amount for this year.
I'm less stressed out and I'm enjoying the season a lot more.
So, maybe you should try it too...have yourself a merry LITTLE Christmas!