This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle.
I’m really trying to simplify this Christmas. We are tightening our belts, both with money and with our most precious resource—time.
Time is what I really want more of. Time sitting on the couch with my husband listening to our favorite Christmas music. Time baking treats for my kids that they don’t know I used a sugar substitute in. Time watching our favorite seasonal movies like Elf and Jingle All the Way.
So this Christmas I’m examining all our activities and separating out what I really want to do from what I think I should do. Christmas cards seem to overwhelm me every year, so this year I let my daughter design our photo card and I’ll let her address them too. My burden is a treat for her.
I’m stepping back on expecting too much of myself or from scheduling in too many special events. This will leave more time and energy for the events we really enjoy. My husband loves planning out a driving route through town to see the extravagant light displays some people put up around their houses. All I have to do is get in the car and remember the cocoa.
One thing I will leave room for in the budget is for a tiny Christmas outfit for our newly adopted dog, Firefox. This little guy showed up on our deck in October. He was born to wear tiny hats and to own my heart.
So this Christmas, focus on the “Yes!” and see if what you get in the end is 25% more Joy.
One thing you won’t have to worry about this holiday is getting caught short. All year round, Cottonelle has got you covered with 25 percent more sheets on a roll. In this case, more is better.
To spread more joy, I’m helping The SITS Girls and Cottonelle spread the word about their holiday giveaway.
The giveaway is open from now until Friday, December 20. One winner will be selected daily to receive a $500 American Express gift card for themselves and a charity of their choosing. Winners will be announced daily on the SITSGirls Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SITSGirls.
I hope you win! Good luck, and best wishes from me for a wonderful December!
Alexandra Williams (@Alexandrafunfit) says
I would like 25% more family interaction. Both my boys and I spend way too much time in our rooms instead of with each other.
December is the perfect time to plan things to do together, or at least in the same room. 😉
Ginger Kay says
I would like 25% more time with my grown up sons!
Me too, Ging. They grew up too fast!
Joy Stott says
I would like more time in the da to enjoy my children!!!
I hope you guys can do some fun holiday activities together! Take pictures!
I would like 25% more time! 🙂
Me too! This is an especially short Christmas season too.
I would love 25% more time off for my husband. 🙂
Yep, mine is out of town for weeks this month. Our mistletoe is dusty!
more time to just enjoy my boys who have just grown up too fast. Especially my youngest who will head to college next year.
On the bright side, they are old enough to cook for you now!
You mean besides cash??
I need 25% more time AFTER the kids are home and done with their chaos.. we have no family time this year? What’s wrong with that Christmas picture?!
I hate being rushed. My kids are too old for our Children’s Program at church this year. I’ll really miss them being in the play, but I don’t miss all the practices!
Janie Emaus says
Just more time. Simple, huh?
I would like 25% more time. I fritted away too much and now I need some.
Nancy Fox says
Having time and enjoying your time is the key. I love this post Anne!
Christa Kasting Zellar says
And see, I’d already written out my “Less… and More… ” list on a post-it note as a reminder about the direction I want my life to be moving in. So here’s my “More” list–
More beauty, more joy, more creativity, more Jesus, more relationships, more fun, more abundance!
🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
Rebecca Burns says
I’d like 25% more input from son on what he wants to do in College. 😛
Jerin Higgins says
I’d like 25% more time at home. It’s the rushing around this time of year that sucks the joy for me..
I wouldn’t mind more sleep or more hands to do some dishes. Not my hands, someone else’s.
I could use 25% more motivation to exercise. I was doing well when the weather was nice, but that tanked when the temperature dropped.
Money, Money is always tight with three teens in the house.
I would love 25% (or more) time with my husband. He works 65 hours a week and usually falls asleep within an hour of coming home each evening. I just hope this is a short season of our life.
More time with loved ones and friends is always the desire of my heart. ♥
More time with my people is always top priority. Money would be nice too.
More peace on earth. So simple. So needed.
I would like 25% more pictures of Firefox in his Christmas outfit
Andrea @ Love is... says
I would like 25% more time with my husband. Our schedules aren’t syncing lately & it’s tough!
I’ll join those who want more time. I was just saying the Christmas season should last into Jan. I think I am going to start celebrating New Year’s well into the new year 🙂
I’d like 25% more time with my mother. She lives 2 states away and I miss her so much. Hoping to see her for Christmas!
I would like 25% more time with my oldest. She lives 1700 miles away and I miss her desperately.
Every year I try to simplify so that I can RELAX and enjoy the holiday, but then I always get so caught up in the rush. I DO love the time spent with family–it’s all the work leading up to that time that drives me crazy. Cute pics and BTW, I always buy Cottonelle!
Amy Mayo says
I’d like 25% more patience .. especially this time of year, I find myself losing my patience quickly, faster than ever before.
Sharon Andrews says
I would love it, if we had a 25% increase in income.
Patty N. says
I would like 25% more of time for me. I have a 3.5 yr old & a 20 month old. I haven’t had much time for me.
Trisha M says
More time to get things done and spend time with my family!
Brittany @ A Slightly Twisted Fairy Tale says
I love the message of “stepping back”. It’s too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind and forget what the season is really about- just being together. Great post!
Donna Scagnelli says
I would buy my hubby a welding helmet he needs badly with my 25%
Actually, today I would trade that extra time for 25% more sleep! LOL
Gina B says
25% More time with my children!