So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet moment .... And enjoy some encouraging words to inspire more simplicity in your life today.Those are secular sites, but as a Christian I find myself during this Advent season looking at the way the Advent and Christmas seasons have become the time of the year when buying is at its height and when wanting more and more is encouraged. Let's reconsider that, shall we?
Catholic Mommy Blogs says, "I’ve been thinking about how Jesus came into the world that first Christmas – as a small infant, born in a stable. In poverty and simplicity" and has four suggestions. The Art of Simple has a page on Advent that offers easy ways to separate Advent (that period before Christmas) from Christmas itself, including an Advent playlist on Spotify. Nourishing Simplicity suggests six ways to be intentional in our preparations for Christmas, saying, "Intentional celebration does not mean adding all you can to your month. Often it means simplifying and cutting back."
Advent Conspiracy has a 2-minute video on consumerism during the season:
that suggests we spend less money on stuff and more time on relationships and says, "slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering."
I'll not be eliminating Christmas buying and I'll be giving some gifts, but I'm conscious of my spending in every season and am ever more willing to pare down and cut back on the stuff. I have enough and more than enough. Accumulating even more at this stage in my life is a bad idea for many reasons.
So I'll listen to some Advent music, drink a cup of spice tea, and enjoy my tree.
First, though, I had to make the spice tea. Here are my ingredients:
and the jar my daughter decorated as a child that I fill for her every year:
You can see my recipe here.
Please join me in a cup:
and I'll invite you to take your cup over to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's weekly blog gathering.