Being a pastor’s wife, I often find myself in conversation right after church is dismissed for the day. I always enjoy these conversations and the unknowns they bring. Today was no different, and with Thanksgiving just a few days away, many of the conversations revolved around holiday plans and, of course, which foods might appear on the table.
As these conversations continued, I couldn’t help but notice just how easy it is for the holidays to get complicated. From planning what is often considered the most extravagant meal of the year to coordinating family calendars, the whole event can be rather overwhelming, stressful, and downright chaotic.
For my husband and our two boys, we always do our best to keep Thanksgiving simple; however, we aren’t immune to the stress and anxiety holidays can sometimes bring. I can remember one Thanksgiving where we had four, yes FOUR, Thanksgiving meals to attend all in one day! You see, we didn’t want to let anyone down and tried our best to make everyone happy, but unfortunately we ended up miserable… and our families weren’t too happy with our quick fly-by visits either.
That Thanksgiving, the plan was more important than the time we spent with our friends and family. We had a mission to accomplish after all! So this year, we’re being more realistic and more flexible. Really, we’re keeping things simple and keeping our focus on what really matters – spending time with our family and friends and giving thanks for each and every one of them.
Somehow, I have a feeling everything else will fall right into place!
If you need a little help keeping things simple this year, here are a few good pointers to consider implementing this as well. I’m all for simple moments. It’s in these moments that you can see God move and have the space you need to really savor the life you’re living.