and thank you for taking the time during this holiday season to stop by my page.
This has been such a fun month for me. I recently learn that The Christmas Quilt made the ECPA top 10 fiction list. We are also having a fun, Facebook chat party where we are giving away a Kindle Fire HDX. You can enter to win here, and you can join the Facebook party here.
Fun stuff. But most importantly, folks are emailing me sharing how The Christmas Quilt has touched their hearts–which is all I really need to hear to stay motivated and keep writing.
Blessings to each of you,
Amish Romance and Mystery Novels
I have 8 Amish books out at this point – and 8 more contracted to release over the next 3 years. Two of those books are about Christmas – specifically how the Amish celebrate Christmas, and how they deal with the normal ups and downs of life during this holiday season.
You could say I’ve spent a fair amount of time researching and visiting with Amish folk. I’m hoping some of that good common sense rubs off on me. But just when I think I’m getting a good grasp of how to simplify my holiday season, I have a day that completely unravels. I start feeling anxious about the wrong things. I become overwhelmed.
Probably that happens to Amish women as well. Maybe not as often though. So I thought I’d take a moment today to remind myself (and maybe you) of some of the ways we can enjoy the season rather than endure the season. Of some ways to nurture a SIMPLE Christmas:
- Focus on people, not things. If someone calls or comes to visit–put aside your deadlines or to-do lists and enjoy the person you’re with.
- Stop looking for the “perfect” gift. Most of the time, there isn’t one. Instead, try to think of what would bring a smile to the face of the person you love.
- Relax. It’s kind of hard to do sometimes. Often we have tight shoulders, aching heads, and an anxious spirit. Focus on relaxing and allowing the joy of Christ to fill your soul.
- Ease up on the decorating. I love Christmas decorations. We put up our little 4 foot tree last night. But I did NOT try to put out all the decorations I have stored. It exhausted me to think about it. A small tree, garland on the mantle, and a wreath on the door are enough for this year.
- Read the story of the Christ child. You can find it in all 4 of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), as well as references in Isaiah. Take a few moments to settle down and let these words sink into your soul.
I love Christmas, and I hope — this year — to find ways to allow the peace of Christ rule in my heart and my home.
ps – I posted a new contest last week–Christmas Contest #4. You can enter here.