Can you believe it’s December already? 2020 has been one for the books and I’m ready to put this all behind us and jump into the festivities of the season. So today I’m excited to introduce you to my newest friend, Jennifer Deese. Because Jennifer loves Christmas and all of the holiday traditions that go with it, I invited her to share some of her favorite traditions that we hope you’ll want to add to your own this year. Let me be clear, this is not a podcast designed to load on more mama guilt during an already crazy, busy time of year. Instead, we share some ideas you may want to add to your own celebration along with a few practical tips. I know I’m always looking for fresh ways to make this season more special. Although Jennifer doesn’t have unlimited time or money (she has four children and a full-time job!) and she hasn’t lived a charmed life she’s still managed to find fun and creative ways to celebrate the season, even when she was a single mom. She’s been through some tough times in her life, which is why these long-standing traditions are even more dear to her and her family. They provided stability for her kids during those difficult years. I know you’ll be blessed by our conversation.
Highlights from this episode:
“I wasn’t really sure what healthy relationships looked like in a family, but I knew what it shouldn’t look like and that was where I started.” – Jennifer
“Holiday and family traditions are the thread that weaves through all the changes [we go through] and tie us back together. They help us to love each other deeply no matter how hectic or chaotic life gets.” – Jennifer
Jennifer shares how her estranged Grandmother brought light to a dark childhood.
Resources and links from this episode plus a few bonus links:
Read the New York Times article that discusses the importance of family traditions based on scientific research The Family Stories That Bind Us.
Check out KiddingAroundGreenville.com for routes to see Christmas lights all over our area.
Read Redeeming the Season by Kim Wier and Pam McCune for more great ideas and tips for making Christmas even more special. It’s filled with great suggestions that make the season more meaningful for everyone.
Check out The Giving Manger Jennifer’s family has started using that helps keep the family focused on others throughout the season.
Read my blog post, Need Meaningful Christmas Gift Ideas? Take Some Hints from the Wise Men, to find out how I incorporate gold, frankincense and myrrh into our family’s Christmas traditions
Listen to The Next Right Thing Podcast with Emily P. Freeman. Episode 153: Keep Advent Simple (with Tsh Oxenreider) and check out Tsh’s new book Shadow and Light.