It's official.  We are in the final stretch until Christmas.  Holy Crow!  Where did the time go? 

Are you feeling the same?!

I tell ya, despite all of the check lists I have checked and re-checked there is still so much to do!  Which always puts me in quite the stupor because every November I convince myself that this is the year in which I will have all my decorations up, cards mailed, presents wrapped, and packages delivered by first Saturday in December.  Maybe it's a lofty ambition...but maybe it isn't.  

Though I don't have everything done, I do have a good majority of it accomplished.  Having just a few gifts left to purchase.  Lucky for me, the people I still have to shop for, LOVE the whole modern-nature elements movement that has been trending right now.  So find a gift for them has been extremely easy!

Becoming mildly obsessed with the items I came across during my online present hunt, I thought I would share my favorite ones with you.  You know, just in case you too were doing last minute shopping :)

Nature Gifts

Now, let's get back to my musings on Christmas...because I feel this too, needs to be shared.

For those of us who are religious, we all believe that Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormon) this belief is extremely important to me.  There is nothing I love more than taking the time throughout the month to teach my children about why we really celebrate Christmas.  Whether it's looking at our various collection of nativities and talking about the importance of each piece, serving those around us, or reading stories of the birth of Christ in our Bible and Book of Mormon, I want those to be the things that take up my time during this season.  Not the waiting in endlessly long department store lines, wrestling over the very last "Frozen" doll, stressing over the perfect gift to give the neighbors, etc. etc. etc.    

Try as I might, however, I find myself almost fully engulfed in much of the commercial side of this holiday.  Completely forgetting the spiritual side that is so significant to me.  I wonder why that happens? 

As I contemplated this very question, I realized the hectic unrest I experience with this holiday had nothing to do with commercialism and everything to do with me.

Whether it's Christmas or not, life is just plain B.U.S.Y!  There will always be places to go, people to see, and things to do.  Always.  But I realized that being busy doesn't mean you need feel like a crazy person.  Talk about a pretty simple but mind blowing thought!  I'm still shocked that it took me this long to apply that thought to this month!  Regardless, when it comes down to it we, me, you...we control how life's daily demands affect us.  It's true.

Christmas is all about the Savior and the peaceful way in which he came into this world.  Almost everything we do during this season echos + symbolizes the spiritual side of Christmas.  So, as I go about the rest of the season, I will choose to look at the "chaos" of this month from a new perspective.  Instead of allowing myself to get completely lost in a whirlwind of ribbons, gingerbread houses, and glitter, oh so much glitter!  I will do all that I can to keep the true meaning of this holiday season as my focal point; allowing it to filter in and fully engulf my holiday check list items.  Because whether I do or don't get all of the holiday to-do's done, I know that as long as I constantly focus on the true meaning of Christmas and do my best, this month can be filled with beautiful peace.

Wishing you a very Merry and Peaceful Christmas!


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