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Simplify the Season Holiday Roundup

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The holiday season is well underway and that means…Christmas lights! Just kidding…sort of. I do love seeing Christmas lights everywhere, they just make everything so beautiful. My family will drive around for hours just looking at all the wonderul masterpieces people come up with. I love seeing the wonder and excitement come into my children’s faces when we stumble upon a new work of art.

And isn’t that what this season is about? The wonder, the magic, the excitement…all leading up to that one day. That one day that changed us all for eternity. The Real Reason to celebrate.

Despite knowing the real reason why we celebrate Christmas, so many of us go through it hurried and stress and overwhelmed. We let worry consume us as we try to keep up with the Joneses. We snap at our children when things aren’t in their perfect spot when we have company coming over. We think we need to have the perfect gift for our boss or buy one more platter for our cookie swap.

We have lost the beauty and wonder of all this season offers.

Simplify your Christmas season. Learn how to slow down and enjoy the holidays without stress.

I say we all take a few minutes to go back…pretend we are children…and savor this season…give yourself grace. I have compiled tips from my friends for you that will help you do just that. Go through and read those posts that speak to your heart. Try your best to put these ideas into action this season. You don’t have to go through the next few weeks feeling like you can never measure up. I have a feeling this can be your best Christmas ever, if you just slow down and savor those small treasures.

‘Tis the Season to cut Yourself Some Slack – Get Mom Balanced

5 Simple Ways We’re Putting Christ Back in Christmas – With Giggles and Grace

The Real Reason You Have Holiday Stress (and how to avoid it) – Mama Guru

How to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays – Short Sweet Mom

Christmas Clutter and How to Fight It – Short Sweet Mom

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Drama – Baby Castan On Board

Being Present in a Season of Busyness – Sheila Jane

A Note to Those Who Are Grieving, Especially at Christmas – Always A New Day

Ideas to Help You Fight Winter Blues – Only A Season

Tips to Help You Reduce Stress During the Holidays – Only A Season

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19 Comments

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    Julie McCullough
    December 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    and savor this season…give yourself grace – Great advice! Thanks for the sweet reminder of what this season is all about.

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    Michelle Parkman
    December 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I am all about keeping things simple! So happy to see others out there doing the same. May you have a blessed and SIMPLE Christmas! πŸ™‚

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2016 at 10:21 am

    What a great reminder and post.

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    Jen
    December 8, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Terryn! Thank you so much for including me in this! There are so many great post topics here. I’m going to be grabbing a cup of coffee and settling in for some good reading!

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    Tiffany @ Arrows & Awe
    December 8, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I totally need to slow down and remember this. I already feel myself boiling over!

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    Hannah
    December 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Savoring the little moments is what my blog is all about πŸ™‚ Now I just have to continually remind myself to do it!

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    Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    December 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I love this! It is so important to remember to slow down and enjoy the holidays, but it can be so hard to do!

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    Charissa
    December 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    We embrace the same mindset! Merry Christmas!!

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    Mary Barham
    December 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    These are great ways to enjoy Christmas… the weeks and days FLY BY at our house…. we are running around like crazy preparing for family members, buying gifts, etc…. It is so important to slow down and soak it all in

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    All Babied Up
    December 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    So many good ideas in this round-up. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

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    Sharon
    December 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Aw I used to love driving around, looking for Christmas lights too. What a magical season!

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    Emily
    December 9, 2016 at 3:09 am

    This is an excellent roundup! It’s so true, this season can get so busy that we often have to slow ourselves down and just go with the flow.

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    Bridget @ Antics of a Nutty Hiker
    December 9, 2016 at 7:30 am

    This is so true. I know I tend to get stressed during this time of year, trying to do a million things. We all just need to slow down!

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    Christina Shoemaker
    December 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love this reminder, Terryn! It’s so easy to get bogged down by all the STUFF and forget what matters. This is a perfect collection of encouraging reading to get us right back on track!

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    Kemi
    December 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    These are great posts! I’ve book marked it so i can read them all later!!

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    Breyona Sharpnack
    December 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Each year I find myself wanting to do less and less because of stress! This year I kept a lot of list and it has really helped me keep track of what is left to be down as the time winds down.

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    Shannon
    December 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Such a great roundup! Thanks for sharing!

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    Anna
    December 13, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I love that you put this all in one place for us!

    -Anna, http://www.prettyasapeach.com

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    Sara | Get Mom Balanced
    December 16, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Such a great collection (and thank you for including me!!)

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