Monday, December 15, 2014


Simplicity. For some reason, this word has been on my mind a lot this holiday season. After the hustle, bustle, and craziness leading up to getting married in October, there was a brief moment of calm following the wedding. Let me repeat that- brief moment of calm. It seems that life has this way of speeding up so fast that you never quite have time to catch up to it, and then as soon as you think it’s slowed down enough for you to breathe, it picks back up again, usually at an even faster rate. For me, it feels like this all year long, as I make my way through life’s ebbs and flows, but even moreso especially during the holidays. Christmas dinner #1. Christmas dinner #2. Buy presents. Work party. Annual friend’s ugly sweater party. Christmas concert. Christmas dinner #47. Buy more presents. Decorate the house. Order Christmas cards. Mail out Christmas cards. Bake cookies. Christmas dinner #52. Buy more presents. Wrap presents. Deliver presents. Christmas dinner #98. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Now don’t get me wrong, I 100% enjoy doing everything I just listed, but man, even thinking about it all is exhausting. And I know I’m not the only one.

Jesus was born in a manger on a calm, quiet, starry night. A sweet, innocent baby entered into the world, surrounded by nothing else but piles of hay, docile animals, his parents, and love. Simplicity. You do remember that this is what this season is about, right? Because sometimes I forget. I’m sure we all do. How can we possibly bring a sense of peace and calm into our own lives during what is viewed as possibly the most hectic and overwhelming time of year? Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Take time out to sit in quiet thought or prayer. Be thankful that you even have the option of being overwhelmed by places to go, people to buy gifts for, and endless moments with family and friends. Give yourself a break. It’s impossible to be in five places at once, so spend time with the ones who mean the most to you, and politely remind the others that your family is who is most important to you during this time.

And most importantly, be joyful. Christmas is for us to celebrate the life of a man who was born to die to save us- the most incredible, selfless, loving act of all time. You do remember that this is what this season is about, right? Keep that in mind this holiday season- it truly is as simple as that.

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann
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