It's the most wonderful time of the year...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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"Watch what you say to yourself....for you create your own reality."
Sean Stephenson
I heard this quote yesterday and I really love it. It can apply to so many things in life....gossip, stress, negative thoughts and talk. I especially thought about this holiday season. I am hosting a Christmas dinner party for my Bunko group in 2 weeks. It is a "pull out all the china, silver, crystal, sit down kind of dinner" for 12. My house is not decorated yet. I have not ordered my Christmas cards yet and I have not even begun Christmas shopping. My mind started snowballing to all that is coming up in the next few weeks....Thanksgiving, our wedding anniversary (the same night as the dinner), Harry's birthday and party, my sister and nephew's birthdays, a BIG Christmas party we are hosting at our home, etc, etc. Then I thought about this quote.
I can tell myself that I am SO busy and that I don't know how I will get it all done. I can say that I am stressed out and run around like a chicken with her head cut off. OR I can tell myself how luckily I am that we have all of these wonderful occasions to celebrate with family and friends. I can look for the joy in the Christmas music and decorations and the excited faces of my children. I can plan menus and cook for those I love. I can focus on the true meaning of Christmas... the birth of Christ.
A few days ago a neighbor e-mailed me with a GREAT idea of a couple of families meeting one night a week during advent for a potluck dinner. We will do crafts, read scripture, light the advent candle and have some fellowship with other families in our neighborhood who share our faith. I almost told myself that we were too busy. But then I realized that this could be the most important thing we do this season.
So when you are feeling crazy and stressed this season....remember we create our own reality. Every thought and action we have creates a change in our body and our mind. How will you create your reality this season?

34 comments:

  1. I've been feeling completely overwhelmed too. No shopping done, no decorations, guests coming, chairing a philanthropy luncheon, and kid's schoolwork, and to top it off, a broken pipe under the bathroom floor which means re-tiling. I love the idea of changing my reality. I love the idea of focusing on the advent season.

    Christmas is coming and it needs to be celebrated and enjoyed. Just keeping saying, "It's the best time of the year".

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  2. i can totally relate, my friend.

    the neighborhood get together sounds like an amazing blessing!
    i love the quote...
    great reminder
    xo

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  3. Thank you for this lovely post. I definitely needed it. Sometimes I "forget" to cherish the most meaningful things. Blessings to you and yours.

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  4. What a beautiful quote. Thank you for sharing. I need to be reminded of this often :) xoxo

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  5. We, too, have a birthday the beginning of December which I always try to focus on before things get hectic. We also do the advent dinners with 3 other families every Sunday in December. This year we are doing two brunches and two dinners to mix it up. I love the memories of my children sitting under twinkling Christmas tree lights listening to stories of Jesus with their friends. It truly brings the spirit of Christmas home. Thanks for the inspiring quote.

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  6. Perfect timing!! Feeling overwhelmed and trying to get a million things done, this post is exactly what I needed to read. Thanks for the reminder.

    Enjoy your day.

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  7. thanks for keeping it real kim!!!

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  8. first, LOVE that photo!

    second, what a fantastic idea your friend/neighbor had!

    third ... i'm with you on things going on! i opted out of hosting a christmas party this year because i have two showers(!) to host and have guests in town beginning next week for a whole month! (different guests but people are in and out for 4 weeks straight!). anyhow ... daniel and i decided that thanksgiving weekend will be spent decorating for christmas. we'll get our tree friday (a tradition) and then get the rest done by saturday night. our guests will help. it'll be fun. and what gets done gets done. ha! i say that now ... i know i'm obsessing about it only because it's the first time many of these houseguests have seen our home!

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  9. This is a great post, I love the power of positive thinking. I'm all about being positive, sure it doesn't work every day or every minute, but it really helps to think positive.

    Jill

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  10. Thanks for the reminder of what is important. The fact that our new addition is not decorated yet has been bothering me...no more, I will be thankful to have more room to invite friends and family over. They don't care if curtains are up, etc., so why should I?

    Love you girl~

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  11. I like that. Don't know if it'll work for me, but I still like it.

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  12. So true. Thanks for this nice post. : )

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  13. Thank you for this beautiful message.

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  14. What a wonderful reminder and very well said!

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  15. It's just so true, what a great quote!! And I love the idea of potluck with friends during advent, that sounds really nice!

    :) T

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  16. I so love the idea of the Advent get together! What a wonderful way to celebrate the true meaning of the season. I just might have to do this one myself! Maybe I can convince Chesnye, too!

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  17. Kim, thank you for such a timely message! I soooo needed to be reminded of this today. You are so right in that the reasons our lives are so hectic are also some of our greatest BLESSINGS!

    Sheryl

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  18. Great way to KICK off the HOLIDAYS!! We all need positive thinking during this hectic and much loved time of the year! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful msg!!!

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  19. Very true... thanks for the reminder!
    Robin

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  20. I'm a new poster but I having been reading your blog for a while now. I love this post. I always have to remind myself to cherish everyday and appreciate good health, friends and family. Thanks for the reminder! I love your blog and your great ideas!

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  21. What a great post, Kim. There is always something...something else that needs to be done, somewhere that we need to go, but this time of year we celebrate our King who wants to be at the top of our to-do list. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with your beautiful family and enjoy every moment with them! I find that as I get older each year seems to go by so much faster and before you know it my kids won't be kids anymore. Enjoy each moment!

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  22. This kind of wisdom from you Kim, is why you need your own magazine!! I am so glad you share it with us blog followers!! God Bless you as you go through this season. (I'm just not thinking about it! lol)

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  23. What a beautiful post Kim. Thank you for reminding us what is truly important about this upcoming season...
    and yes we do create our own reality.

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  24. Thanks for this post. I needed this reminder myself!!

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  25. Kim,
    What a great post!
    We get too caught up in commercialism I think! If a family has family and love what more does one need!
    For our family this year,
    Not because we really have too/ my sister and I just decide that we are really cutting back on our children this year!
    THEY have everything & NEED for absolutely NOTHING!!!!
    She teaches! So we are focusing on the good times we will have with our family and enjoying the little ones she is teaching!Doing the activities with these children, and WE
    all NEED to REMEMBER JESUS is still the reason for the season!!

    Please do not get sick again! {{{PLEASE!}}}
    I want my reality this year to be on the LORD!
    Thanks for a super great post!

    Still sounds like you are going to be very busy.........JUST enjoying all GOD has blessed you with though!
    The LORD is so GOOD!
    Agan what a great POST!

    HUGS!
    Cindy

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  26. forgot to say i love your pic it looks like you~~ I would think the white and all!
    precious!
    enjoy all the love that will surround your sweet home!

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  27. Great post!!! Wonderful quote. I surely needed this reminder. : )

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  28. Your blog is so lovely! I am happy I found it!
    Happy weekend :)

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  29. Ooh, great post and oh so true and just what it means in John 10v10 - live life to the full. We get so wrapped up in the rush adn the stress and expectations of ourselves and others, that we forget to enjoy it all, and hold the meaning of it close to our hearts. Love Jules
    xxxx
    delucchifamilytreasures.blogspot.com/

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  30. Hmmm....I like that quote...I think I will write it down and keep it on the frig. You will be fine....you seem to thrive on busyness (is that a word?) and doing for others....you are a little social butterfly! I can't wait to see your home all decorated for Christmas....well....you are going to share that aren't you? Love you and I love all of the little Kate stories in the prior post...she is so precious.

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  31. My focus this Christmas season is going to be on people in my life and those in need. I think your neighborhood gather is a lovely idea. It's so important to just stop and celebrate the people in your life.

    Jo

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  32. Ps I just wanted to say I LOVE the Alleluia song in the post below, it is SO cute that I gathered my family to watch it and we all went aahh. Adorable!!
    Love Jules
    xxx

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  33. I was a Christmas bride, too! And - for us - we use a boxed advent calendar to help us create the Christmas reality we desire. Each day the Tongginator opens one door. Behind the door hides a hint to the day's activity. I'll post about it soon.

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