Sunday, December 16, 2012

It's Your Choice

Christmas is around the corner.

Are you ready?


Do you let all the
'hustle and bustle'
of Christmas get to you?

Christmas is what you choose it to be.
Don't you think?

I am choosing quiet and slow.

Give yourself permission to say:
'thank you but no'
'that's enough'
'that costs too much'

Wishing you a stress-free week!


39 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

my life is quiet. so christmas is quiet by default. :)

Chatty Crone said...

I think the true meaning of Christmas has changed here in America this week. What is really important - what really matters and what doesn't.

Heather said...

My sentiments exactly... wonderfully said! Cheers!

Sabi Sunshine said...

I am very excited about this Christmas .... After so many happen in life with all of us .. still i can`t wait for my 2nd niece to be born :)


Dear Catherine

I have created a 2nd blog too. Hope is a waking dream .. Please let me know what you think of it ..


Love
Sabi Sunshine

Smareis said...

Ola minha amiga, hoje estou a passar pra agradecer pela sua presença no espaço nesse ano de 2012.
Desejo uma ótima semana!
Aproveitando desde já agradeço o carinho de sua presença nesse ano de 2012, e meu desejo é que possamos estar trilhando novamente em 2013.
Ótimo final de Ano, e maravilhoso começar de Novo Ano.
Feliz Natal, e que o Ano Novo seja pleno de realização.
Grande beijo em teu coração!

Refletindo com a Smareis

Berts Blog said...

WEll put. I am giving myself permission to relax.

thanks

Deb said...

I think we have all slowed down whether we meant to or not. Grief will do that. I'll be busy with cat-sitting now and have finished all that needs to be done at home for Christmas although I'll be giving the house a good once over next weekend. I'm looking forward to it. I just love to have everyone home. Hugs

Tammy said...

Hi Catherine, each year I find myself wishing I wasn't such a procrastinator. As Chatty said, this week has certainly been a painful reminder of what really is important! I look forward to spending time with my loved ones! Take care, xo

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Very good thoughts...we said this many years ago, and have stuck to it since. Sometimes it's not easy to do, but we try.

Jen

Mr. Black said...

Good thoughts.

S. Etole said...

It will be a quiet Christmas here.

Betsy Adams said...

We choose QUIET also, Catherine. I spent too many years when I was young and raising my sons --being too busy and stressed out... NO MORE... Christmas now is WONDERFUL for us.

Hugs,
Betsy

Tricia Hays said...

I wholeheartedly agree... God, Love & Family! =)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
Certainly my Christmas is quiet too...
Hugs to you,
Mariette

SweetMarie said...

Nice thoughts...

Anesha said...

Hope you have a wonderful week. Lots of hugs to Banjo. :)

Pantherka said...

I agree with you, all in calm and without bustle.
Greetings.

Madge Bloom said...

No is a very handy word...

It's me said...

8 days to go.......have a nice week darling.....love Ria...xxx...

Susan said...

I actually did all my Christmas shopping on Saturday, well almost all of it. It was actually pleasant. I think it was because I was relaxed and not in a hurry. Plus, I found everything I wanted to get at really good prices! You are right, we make it what we want. Quiet is what I want, but come Christmas Eve, I'll have everybody at my house and quiet will go out the window!

Kerri said...

Thank you!

Brian said...

I am ready, ready, ready!

Sandra said...

me to with TexWisGirl, our life is so quite it can't get any quieter. but i do know there are many that can't say no. great post and beautiful photo

Katnip Lounge said...

We stopped "doing" Christmas when we moved to Nevada and I don't miss it a bit.

BumbleVee said...

We always have a lovely quiet Christmas ...which is so different than the horrible, drunken violent ones we had to endure as kids.... I love my quiet, low key days. Just our sparkly tree, a few little gifts or...none at all..we don't even care.... and this year the reno broke the bank anyway..hahahahha.. although I do see a gold box with an Este Lauder ribbon ..beneath the tree....my favourite body cream I hope... I always get Mr. BV socks and underwear...and we have a great laugh about it. You know how it goes ...once you stop believing in Santa...it's underwear and socks....

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Yep, that's how I feel. Hoping things finally slow down after today. God bless.

Christine said...

Good advice, this year I am saying no to all the extra's on my plate, I will take 2 cookies not 5, I will have one helping not three, I will sip my glass of wine, not chug. :)

Ann said...

I gave myself permission a few years ago. I finally realized that it just wasn't worth all the stress and enjoy it a whole lot more

BeadedTail said...

Such a lovely thought and once I get the Christmas cards started and done I'll feel the same way! :)

Eileen said...

I think many of us, me especially, have too high expectations in the weeks coming up to Christmas. I can't possibly do everything on my list...but I still try.

But Christmas itself, is a time to slow down. It's just my children and I, a time to relax and watch the Christmas lights and enjoy the day.

Merry Christmas!

Hot Rocks said...

I try to never stress out over Christmas. I love the holidays, and always enjoy our time with family and friends. Its the memories of Christmas, that will stay with us in the years to come.

Laurie said...

Until Wednesday, all shopping is on hold. We haven't really started, mainly must finish buying gifts for the bags we take to the local nursing home. I really don't get stressed at Christmas, it's my favorite holiday. I have to say though there is a pall, a heaviness this year. It's hard to be happy when so many are suffering.So with each moment, a prayer is said for those who won't be celebrating.

Linda R said...

As of Yesterday I am all done and ready. I wanted to make sure I didn't have to do a thing when Myles got here. I think Quiet and slow is perfect.

Hugs~

Tammy said...

Happy belated to your boy! I've never seen a polydactyl kitty before. How sweet Reggie is! Are you still making Banjo wear the reindeer hat? Perhaps punishment for knocking over the crystal trees and reindeer? :) Ha! Slow and quiet -- that's what I'm looking forward to beginning at noon on Thursday when our two week winter break begins. Warm hugs and wishes, Tammy

troutbirder said...

Good plan. Unfortunately our wish for something along those lines wont be as the Grands live far away in Arizona. Of course flying there is a pain but in the end well worth as its our chance to be with family. I'll be dreaming of a white Christmas though.
And Merry Christmas to you and yours, Catherine....

Carolynn Anctil said...

I'm definitely on board with you. Some stress has managed to trickle its way in the last few days, but I've given it the boot.

Love the Christmas bells.

Nancy Claeys said...

Love your advice and I plan to take it! :)

Michael Manning said...

My gifts are limited to my Mom and Aunt. I do mail cards, even thought that is a lost art! Will be with my family out of town! :)

Katy Noelle said...

Cat, this image with the jingle bells is sooooo beautiful!

Through the holidays, I know that I won't get to everything I want to. There's usually, one or two things that I'm disappointed that I couldn't do but I know that it's just like that and it's fine. I spend a lot of time praying and have traditions that bring some really happy alone time. But, then, I still get a wee bit stressed. ;)

I can't believe it's (almost - well, okay, it's really) over...sniff! I should've started earlier - HA! (I'm sitting here chuckling. heeheehee....) The trees are so lovely and have a bit more life in them.... ;)

The REAL question is 'am I ready for the school routine to start again?! NO!!! =(

sigh

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