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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. Thanks for the reminder Jessica! I think all of us are overwhelmed this time of year. I think we forget about right now this second. I will be present. Giving thanks to God daily.

  2. Our lives are sort of hectic with out kids.

    Hubby drives 64 miles round trip to work daily–not to mention he must be there at 6:30 am. I on the other hand need not be there till 8:00 AM. Daily I get home at 5pm and he sometimes not till 6pm. Then shower, eat, spend time together and off to bed by 9pm. Whew! What a day! Add to that going to church adds another 1 hr drive time.

    We live simply and minimalize everything. Just a small tree that fits on a stool, maybe caroling with church–definitely church Christmas dinner and visit family on Christmas day. We try our best to remember the reason for the season.

    I am appalled by the “commercialism” of Christmas and that Christmas now starts right after halloween–never mind Thanksgiving!

    I don’t feel that people need to be going, going, going–they need to be with family more and share with the young ones the true meaning of Christmas–Like Charlie Brown does!

  3. I am with you. It took a long time but I learned several years ago the importance of being present. The memories and quality time spent with family will be remembered much longer than all the other “extras” that often add stress to the holidays.

  4. The real question is: how often do you make this resolution to simplify Christmas? LOL. Every month I work at balancing my time and simplifying my life. Some months it works. Some months I about pull out my hair. Still, there’s joy even when Christmas gets busy.

  5. Hello, Ladies, I really do not understand this concept of “Holiday madness”, all the tension; presents; obsessive shopping; mad cooking; so-called obligations, oh, we have to do this or that, without which Christmas would not happen! Please relax. The anniversary of our Lord’s birth will come and go, the question is, are you going to experience it truly this year, beyond all the pressies, yummy meals and so on? OK, so dress up for it if you must, I understand this is somehow mandatory for American / Western women, though why, I fail to comprehend. Close your eyes and pray. Read the Bible. And, above all, get rid of the consumerism! It’s time!
    I am a Russian Orthodox Christian, hence a different take on Christimas. Hope you enjoy! ;-D