Christmas was stressful because a stroke took away my ability to push through my fatigue. Unfortunately I have accumulated two large boxes of Christmas decorations over the years. I was exhausted after putting up all my decorations. So instead of packing and repacking to get every item back in my crowded boxes, I set aside nice items that I no longer feel an attachment to for my church's spring sale. I raised money for charity and send nice decorations to families that I hope will love them.
I kept items: 1) that are handmade like Santa made from a mop, 2) that remind me of a happy memory like sledding with my brothers or 3) can be arranged in a tableau like the reindeer (photo below).
Stroke survivors are not the only people who need to let go. A workshop at my church was called "Simplify the Holidays." The flyer said "Do you find the holidays are filled with shoulds and to-do lists? Are you struggling with maintaining old traditions that no longer have meaning in your family life?" The choices I make can make holiday more enjoyable.