Three Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Moments (Plus a Special Treat!)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

I have mixed feelings about the Christmas season. I dislike that there is plenty of advertising about finding the perfect gift, making it seem like it’s all about getting and giving stuff. It can get stressful trying to get the actual gatherings of your family members set up. There are all the decorations and the pressure to make your house like Pinterest. It can all be overwhelming. Yet, I love the true meaning behind Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus. I love the special moments and traditions my family does each year. I wish my focus could solely be on the simplicity of Christ and family and delving deeper into those relationships. But how? This is something that I think about every year.  I brainstorm how I can add special little touches to make my family and friends feel loved and like they matter. This is something that can easily get lost in all the hustle and bustle of trying to find the perfect gift or set the perfect table. It takes intentionality. We have to check in with ourselves, to see if we are being a Martha or Mary this Christmas season. Are we busy doing a bunch of things, going to a bunch of events that we aren't taking the time to sit at the feet of our Savior and intentionally engage in great moments with our loved ones? There are a myriad of ways that we can spend our time in this short few weeks and I don't want to miss the opportunity to have precious moments with those I love. 

Here are three tips for adding in those thoughtful touches that will create more precious moments this year:

1. Hand write letters and cards to your loved ones. I know almost everyone sends out holiday greeting cards with pictures of their families, but why not write a personalized note on the back or get some blank Christmas cards? (Target has a ton of cute ones in the dollar spot!) Write out a note about what you love and appreciate about a friend or family member, especially if you don't get to see them very often.

2. Make it a point to talk about what you are thankful for each day. This might be easy to continue if you have been doing something like the Thankful Tree during Thanksgiving. Through all the ads, commercials, and the stacking lists of wants that can come with the Christmas season, it can be easy to forget that we are already blessed with so much. A great time to talk about this is  during your bedtime routine with your kids, we try to do this, it’s not everyday but its a great note to end the day on.  It can help focus their little hearts on all their blessings instead of all the toys that get slammed in their faces during errands and the constant question of what they are asking Santa for Christmas. 

3. Use these handy Que Cards from Of Noble to inspire great conversations during your Christmas gatherings. I busted these out during my Friendsgiving and they were a hit! It’s easy to get stuck in ruts of conversations with people you are familiar with or hard to start conversations with relatives you don’t see very often. Having a guide handy can break up any awkward moments and help you go deeper and discover things that you never knew about your loved ones. During friendsgiving, we found out one friend’s passion for a national ice cream holiday! The questions on the cue cards inspired many great laughs that night. 

I hope these tips inspire you to add a little something special to your Christmas this year. If you try any of them out please let me know! 

AND As a special treat Of Noble is offering my readers a special coupon code for the Que Cards! You are not going to want to have Christmas dinner without these, many great conversations and laughs await you! Use the code SEWZIP to get 25% off your purchase of the Que Cards, this means that you will get both the printable AND the digital version for $7.50!! Run and grab some for your celebrations this year, the code will be available until Midnight on Christmas Eve but don’t wait that long to get them! 

What meaningful things are you going to do this season?


  1. We got a treat yesterday from the neighbor kids and it reminded me that I hadn't made anything for them! I also forgot to even do a Christmas letter that I usually send out to all the relatives. Thanks for the reminder, Megan! :)


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