I'm Dreaming of a White-SPACE Christmas
We’re dreaming of a white...space… Christmas!
Anybody else out there want to approach the next six weeks of your life with a lot less busy and a lot more slow down?
This season, for me, is always a time to reflect on the past year, reset for another 12 months, and REST.
Rest, for me, translates to being less busy than I usually am so I can be more available to:
✔️Have conversations that have been put off way too long with people I love - including gathering in person with friends and family who have busy schedules like ours - and catch up!
✔️Engage in thoughtful gift giving.
✔️Read books and watch movies just for fun.
✔️Consider, quietly and patiently, what it is God is speaking to me for the upcoming year.
✔️Unplugging from the normal routines of work, homeschooling, and home management.
But all too often, if not careful, I’ll quickly replace the time I desire to dedicate to a slower pace with hustle, bustle, and vain activities that steal my available margin for the things that matter a bit more.
You can achieve a white space Christmas.
The key here, however is knowing yourself & your family: what gives joy, what brings stress, what your limits are.
Be realistic here - this is where the discovery of white space begins.
White Space Creation Tips:
Set boundaries on your time and your money. Here’s what Kelly says about this:
“For my family, it is no more than one “outing” per weekend - and definitely no double booking unless we absolutely have to. It also means being very intentional on how we spend, be it for gifts, decorations, special meals, or outings.”
Discuss with your spouse/family what the boundaries around your season will be - boundaries around spending, gift giving, and time commitments/allowances for activities.
Communicate clearly to loved ones and extended family: say your YES with passion, say your NO with holiday gentleness - and NO GUILT.
We can’t all have a literal white Christmas (ahem, and some of us may actually not want one), but everyone who desires to celebrate the season in peace can achieve a White SPACE Christmas!
Listen in as Kelly and I chat about what this means to us. You may pick up a few ideas for yourself as well.
And, grab our Holiday Hacks Download for more ideas on how to create a more intentional and meaningful holiday season.