Do Less Be More IV :: Winner Announced at end of post!

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Every year I write a post called Do Less Be More.  It’s a phrase that’s over-used and under performed but I can’t think of any other words that make better sense.  So it’s that time again, when you and I are going to declare what we ARE going to do this Holiday Season, and what we are NOT going to do.

I’ll start with what I’m NOT doing.  Because sometimes you need to decide that first.  But if you first want to read what I AM doing, come over to (in)courage because I’m talking about that there today.  But then come back here for a big giveaway.

1. I’m not hosting a stressful Christmas party.

I didn’t say we weren’t having people over during the next four weeks, we are but it’s not going to be stressful.  The best way to learn how not to be stressed for a party is to host one and make it super stressful and then decide that for the rest of time you will never do that to yourself again.  I’ve found that the biggest stress producer for me is the idea of perfection.  Perfection isn’t allowed in my home right now.  Okay, ever.

2. I’m allowing myself a pass on sending out Christmas cards this year.

Did I mention that this post is also sponsored by DaySpring every year? And they are a company that majors in Christmas cards and they know I’m gonna say this one because I say it every year and they are good with that?  I think Christmas cards are wonderful if you are the kind of person who enjoys sending them. I think Christmas cards can be a huge guilt trip if you are a person like me.  If cards are stressing you out consider giving yourself a pass. Snap a few photos in the coming weeks, print them out and stick them in a card or have them framed for grandparents. That’s about as far as I take it and grandparents are really the only one’s disappointed if they don’t get a picture.

3. I refuse to go to the mall in frantic search for a gift.

I’ve been able to avoid this for the past few years and it makes a huge difference in my holiday attitude. The reason I’ve been able to avoid the mall is because I pay attention to sales at this time of year, every year.  For the next week the internet will be your friend when it comes to preparing ahead and purchasing meaningful gifts for people in your life.  Pay attention, you can thank the internet later.  There’s nothing like sitting in the comfort of your own chair in mismatched socks, Christmas shopping.

And, one person is going to get a bunch of their Christmas shopping done for them.

DaySpring is giving away over $760 in meaningful beauty to one lucky winner.  The winner will receive 25, yes TWENTY FIVE items, all the items that are included in their SUPER SALE which starts today and runs through Cyber Monday (see how friendly the internet is right now?).  And they are throwing in  my favorite DaySpring Christmas decor, the Hurricane Nativity.  Here are six of my favorite items that are included in the SALE see all the sale items here.

Wouldn’t it be nice to go ahead and have some of your shopping done now, before Thanksgiving?

Did you notice that the dough bowl is included in the sale?

It’s currently my favorite DaySpring item.  I had three here at the house last week and they were all so different, they are handmade in India and simply stunning. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell out.

This silhouette hurricane nativity is my long-standing favorite Christmas item from DaySpring. You can remove the sleeves (or change them out with the extra set they include) for year around decor.

Use the code 30SUPER at checkout to get 30% off the Hurricane and regularly priced items through Cyber Monday.

I now have 3 instructions, I hate instructions so forgive me…

1. Leave a comment telling us what you are NOT doing this Christmas season, to enter to win.

2. If you think you want a dough bowl or four, go buy them now because things sell out fast and I don’t want dough bowl starved women sending me hate mail.

3. Wondering what I AM doing this season?  Meet me at (in)courage and we’ll chat there.


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  1. I am not going to feel guilty for not giving a gift to every single person I cross paths with each day.

  2. I am not going to bake 10 different kinds of cookies. My kids love frosted sugar cookies so that is all I am doing!!!

  3. I am paring down my decorating (which I love). I am not going to feel guilty about not having a zillion lights outside, swagged greens on the stairway, and all of the bookshelves rearranged for my nativities. One will do. :)

  4. Danielle W. says:

    I will not stress myself out trying to do it all and make everyone else happy at the expense of my family. :)

  5. I am not going to feel guilty for not sending Christmas cards! Also stressing over gift giving. I hope yo make gifts more meaningful.

  6. I will NOT over shop for my 3 kids this year. I will NOT buy into the hype of the holidays. I WILL remember to talk about Jesus with my girls. I WILL linger at the dinner table to talk about the day. I WILL leave the dishes, laundry, DVR shows for after they go to bed. I WILL love them every hour of every day.

  7. I’m not waiting until the last minute to buy gifts!!

  8. I am not going to go crazy spending all kinds of money to buy gifts my daughter doesn’t even need. I’m keeping it super simple!

  9. I am NOT stressing over homemade goodies to eat. I don’t need them anyway. I’ll do what I can but that won’t be much. ;)

  10. Lauren Fortney says:

    i am not going to stress out trying to decorate my house to perfection. and i am not going to let the busyness of this season steal my joy and thankfulness for the true meaning of Christmas!

  11. Denise McCorvey says:

    I am not going to overcommitt myself

  12. I am NOT going to hide my faith. I am going to proclaim that Christ is the reason my family celebrates Christmas and be proud to show others how He makes my life whole!

  13. Phyllis Chappelle says:

    I’m not going to worry about finding the perfect date that everyone can attend a gathering. I’m going to pick the date and invite all who can come.

  14. I am not going to neglect my devotional time and what this holy time is all about, JESUS!!!

  15. I’ve decided to have more of an old fashioned, stress-less. Christmas season and concentrate on what’s important.

  16. I’m not waiting to the last minute to buy gifts. Actually I started buying gifts ahead of time, a couple at a time avoiding stress, the crowded stores and overspending.

  17. I am not waiting till Christmas Eve to wrap all my gifts.

  18. Actually, I decided NOT to stress myself out having to buy ALL my gifts before November this year. I’ll be shopping online (mostly on etsy), taking my time and enjoying the people around me. The gifts will make it here on time, and even if a few don’t, Christmas is still Christmas and my God is still good. :)

  19. Carla Williams says:

    I am NOT worrying about buying everyone a Christmas gift this year. We may not even put up a tree. My son is in his third year of college and most of our income goes to paying for it. I wish family would just get together and eat and visit. I feel most people get away from the true meaning of Christmas !

  20. I am not shopping after December 1. I want to be done and just relax and enjoy the season.

  21. I am NOT going to freak out about making sure we split equal amounts of time between my parents and my husbands divorced parents. I AM going to enjoy the time we do have together.

  22. Hi Nester,
    I am not going to let the family heirloom knicknack decorations sit in a box. They are coming out and going up in all their mismatched glory. ;)

  23. I am not going to make everything perfect, and I am not going to feel guilty about it!

  24. I will not run around like a crazy person in an attempt to buy “something” for anyone. Only gifts that have been thought about, even prayed about, will be given this season.

  25. I am not going to let the stress of how secular the Christmas season has become to bring chaos to me and my family; instead I am giving my full attention to celebrating Jesus’ birthday!

  26. I am not going to send out Christmas cards this year!

  27. I’m not letting myself set expectations of a happy, happy family Christmas. I’m just going to enjoy what is.

  28. I will not forget what the true meaning of Christmas is about or get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas. Keep Christ in Christmas!

  29. I am not letting others decide how Christmas should look for me, and spend more time with the One who is worthy of my time, my worship, and my love.

  30. George Bieri says:

    I have begun making some of our decorations by hand–for both home and office. Traditional emblems we associate with Christmas, allowing me to be home more, and usually paying less as I find the materials/hardware among things already at home.

  31. Cheryl Johns says:

    I am not going to let this season come and go without treasuring every moment of the true reason for the season…the greatest gift ever given…JESUS! I will not let this season pass by without honoring that precious gift we have all been given so freely:)
    “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus”!

  32. LaDonna Bangle says:

    I am not going to travel to South Carolina to see my grandkids this year. For once in a long time I am going to spend a wedding anniversary with my husband whom I married on December 27,1998.

  33. I am NOT going to cook Christmas Day! Christmas Eve we will have our meal with the grandchildren and feast together Then we will gather around and read the Christmas Story together. This will be our first Christmas ever all together, and we want to savor the moment with our grandchildren, ages 13, 12, 10, and 9. We will eat leftovers and just enjoy our time taking photos and sharing, and laughing and just being together. I am so thankful that we can share this one Christmas in love with my sons, my husband and the grandchildren. God is good. This is my Christmas Present.

  34. I’m not spending hours on creating pretty bows to be tossed and lost. I’m recycling paper bags and tagging them with cutouts from old (really old) greeting cards and tyinig the handles & tags together with salvaged curling ribbon. For the grandchildren in four distant states, I’ll write a ‘memory’ story, since we cannot all be together to share these. Internet shopping sends gifts to their addresses and food cards to their parents relieving that rush to finish. We love our ten grandchildren…but! I’m dreaming of a quiet, reflective Christmas.

  35. I am not going to move Christmas tree ornaments that my kids placed on the tree last night in order to make things look “better”. I am going to cherish thier precious effort and take many pictures to mark this year as the year of no more… We are going to decorate sugar cookies from a premade dough tonight, play kickball in the backyard, shower and read a portion of the Christmas story for our devotional.

  36. Christy Cale says:

    Everyone who is a regular attender at our church has a mailbox. This is where Christmas cards are delivered by our co-attenders. I refuse to feel guilty or be guilted into giving everyone a card because I receive some from various church friends. This has been a difficult year for me healthwise so I am going to give myself a pass on the Christmas cards to everyone in the congregation and spend time relaxing and saying a prayer for various church friends as they come to mind over the Christmas holidays. Isaiah 26:3 says,King James Version (KJV)
    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
    Having the peace of Christ is far more important than anything else. Baby Jesus came at Christmas so I could experience this peace. It’s an expensive gift but one I cherish.

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