by Rhondi Mullins on November 20, 2013

I was at Walmart yesterday and they already have live Christmas trees there.   I pity anyone who buys one of those.  There is no way it will hold its needles until Christmas!

Anyhow, when I saw it, my negative feelings about Christmas all came rushing to the surface.  I have to confess that I really don’t like Christmas. All the shopping,  buying gifts for people who already have everything they need, all the parties, food, etc.

christmas candles

Every year I get all stressed out over Christmas.  I don’t even have very many gifts to buy, just the grandchildren and our children and spouses. But even with only a few gifts it still stresses me out.  I am not a shopper.  I am great when it comes to finding an old chair to fix up at a garage sale or thrift shop, but that kind of gift doesn’t go very too well with 2, 4 & 7 year old boys, or 2& 9 year old girls.

But yesterday seeing those trees at Walmart I had a brilliant idea.  Every time I see Christmas stuff, ads on TV, decorations in the store, Christmas music at the gas station, I am going to thank  The Lord for sending Jesus and remember what a gift that is.

The greatest gift…JESUS



I am not going to let the “Christmas spirit”, you know, the one that says we need to create the perfect Christmas experience for our families,  I’m not going to let that get to me.


Instead I am going to think about Jesus and what he did for us by coming to this world and thank God for it.  And when I hear “It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives for the umpteenth time,  I am going to remind myself that is is a HOLY JOYFUL CHRISTMAS.  I am going to get out my Compassion International and World Vision catalogue and give something that is needed.

I am still going to decorate our house because I do that all year anyway, but  it will be simpler and I am going to take my time doing it. I may invite a friend or two in for tea but no big parties.

christmas tea

I am laying aside all the expectations.  I love  Thanksgiving and so we will celebrate Thanksgiving all the way through the “holiday season”.  Thanksgiving for the gift of Jesus.

Rhondi xo


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Mias Landliv November 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I’m with you, Rhondi, when it comes to Christmas. I get stressed just thinking about it. I do enjoy decorating the house, the tree, some lovely food and time with loved ones. The rest, I can do without.

Thank you for your lovely comments in my blog. I so appreciate them 😉



Manuela@ A Cultivated Nest November 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Oh I know! We went past Home Depot today and they also had their Christmas trees out! I said to my husband that those will be one dead tree by Christmas if people get them now. But a lot of people like to have the Christmas tree decorated for Thanksgiving dinner around here. We bought a fake white one last year that I love. We’ve always had real ones before.

We don’t buy for a lot of people and most of our shopping is done through out the year and then online. Amazon gets a lot of our Christmas business!


Podso November 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Oh and let me know if that shop opens up in December!


Adrienne November 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

Count me in! I’m right there with you, too, dear friend. This year the few gifts will be simple – and from the heart. Some will be handmade. Others may be treasures that share our hearts with the one being gifted. We, too, are going to give to others in need this year more than before. Decorating will be kept fairly simple and time with dear ones will be the entertaining for the season. Jesus will be the focus of everything that happens in our home. That’s the way it should be! We are even going to have a birthday cake for Jesus – to share with grandchildren who don’t yet know who He truly is! Christmas Eve will be a blessed time to share the real story of Christmas with them. Thank you for the reminders to sing praise when the ‘silly’ songs come to our ears.


Elizabethd November 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

Well said, Rhondi.
I think many of us feel the same.


Carolien November 21, 2013 at 6:33 am

Great idea, Rhondi! We do keep it very simple for years now (no enormous dinner etc.) and it feels good. A kind of ‘decluttering’ the Christmas story and just being thankful.

Have a nice day!


Podso November 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

That’s the spirit Rhondi!


Rosella November 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Amen from over here too! I am such a “wanna be in the Christmas mode” gal but it stresses me out so much as well. I always think that someday when I’m retired it will be better, I’ll have more time – don’t know how realistic this is however?? Thank you so much for the reminder of “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”!!


kathleen grace November 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I think a lot of us feel the same way you do about the gifts. I can’t even think of anything that I really want (except big ticket items for the house and those aren’t in anyone’s budget and aren’t really “gift” material!) My girls agree that it isn’t the gifts that we look forward to each year, it’s the baking and decorating, and picking out the tree at the tree farm. We love our Christmas services, and hot cocoa and a reason to make the most fantastical Christmas cookies and treats to give away in pretty baskets. If I had it to all over again, I would make it a tradition to give experiences together. A trip somewhere fun as a family when the girls were little and gift cards to unusual restaurants now that they are all grown up. The only other thing I have found that they love are the quilts I have made for them. Other than that, they don’t remember what they even got from year to year. It isn’t and shouldn’t be about the gifts.


janet November 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

What a great post! I feel the same…Christmas stresses me out! But I have to remember the real reason for the celebration…and his name is Jesus! Thanks for sharing!


Shelia November 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

Amen, sister! Jesus is what Christmas is all about and it hurts me that folks just say happy holiday.
Hope you’re doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉


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