If you’re anything like me, you’re hoping to approach the next six weeks of your life with a lot less busy and a lot more slow down. Yeah? Yeah.
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!
✔️Give meaningful gifts and spend meaningful time!
✔️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, school, taxi-driving my kids, 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. (My house is comprised of 2 extroverts and 2 introvert and me – right there in the middle!)
Be realistic here – this is where the discovery of white space begins.
White Space Creation Tips:
- Set boundaries on your time and your money: 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. Deanna, my Refreshed Life Show partner, is so excellent at this. In fact, she just recommended a great tool to me for budgeting, and I am all over it. Check out Every Dollar here.
- 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 Deanna 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.