A lot of Christmas season stress and anxiety comes from the pressure of having to find great gifts for family and friends without having to empty out your bank account or plunging into credit card debt.
A gift giving tradition on Christmas comes from the 3 wise men who brought gifts to Jesus, comes from the understanding that Jesus Himself was a gift to our fallen humankind. Today however it has become a heavy burden to many.
One thing that we have done in our family to make Christmas more meaningful is... my husband and I will not be buying each other Christmas gifts this year... [gasp]. There I've said it! No Christmas gifts between us! And oh the freedom that comes with it! On Thanksgiving Day we (as a family) have picked a missionary who will receive a Christmas blessing from us instead. And this Christmas instead of running around in search for the biggest discount - we will pray and be at peace.
What will you do this Christmas to simplify and de-stress?