It’s Enough

Christmas preparations

There’s a quiet little question that sneaks in about this time every Christmas. When you think you’re almost ready with holiday preparations, a nagging little question pops in your head: Will it be enough?

Are there enough presents to open on Christmas morning?

Will the kids be excited with this?

Will there be enough food for the guests?

And the answer is, yes, it is enough.

Those sale prices are tempting, and people load up on things because they are marked at seventy percent off, as if there will never be another sale. Don’t load up on stuff now. You have everything that you need.

Now, go enjoy your holiday. See you in the new year!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this! So true! Enjoy the holiday with your family!

  2. Amen, and amen!

    Christmas has, unfortunately, in many homes, become a reason to buy things that we cannot afford, do not need, and will not appreciate.

    My fiancee and I have begun giving each other an “experience” that we would otherwise not take advantage of. Last night (and last year) we went to the local pre-Christmas NFL game. That was my gift to him. He will probably take me to a once-a-year restaurant.

    That is lovely, enough, and oh so much more than many have.

  3. You are absolutely right! Sometimes you just need reminding! Have a wonderful holiday!

  4. Agreed! It seems the idea of having Enough is lost, especially at this time of year. The advertising tells us we need more and more. Most of us have enough, but we need the reminder to notice. Thanks for that reminder. Have a lovely Christmas, Rachel!
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  5. Thank you for this, because, you’re right–that though of ‘is it enough?’ was running through my head, and then I read your post! :)

  6. Thank you, I needed to hear this.

  7. True True.

  8. I completely agree, though I did load up on Hanukkah items marked at 70% last week. Just prepping for next year!

  9. Amen! Jesus is the reason! Merry Christmas!

  10. Was just thinking this morning about the “cut-off” time. Mine was Saturday. If it didn’t get done it didn’t get done. Husband and I have enjoyed our time together, family on their way over, was just checking emails while relaxing, waiting. Merry Christmas to all, and God bless us every one!

  11. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. It is enough. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  12. Whew! Thanks. I really needed to hear this today. My sweet husband took my “last minute list” and headed out this morning. Still I wonder if I put everything on it that I will need and yes, I wonder “Is it enough?” Your words are refreshing and restful!

  13. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve been second-guessing my mother-in-law’s gift for the last couple of days, so this was just what I needed to hear.
    Have a very merry Christmas!

  14. Yes! So nice to hear a voice of reason amid the constant shouting that what we have isn’t good enough. Thank you!
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  15. The nagging question for me was about enough food for our guests tomorrow for lunch. Yep. I’m sure it’s MORE than enough. Betcha we’ll have leftovers. :)

  16. Thank you!!! I was just asking myself these questions :)

    Have a wonderful holidays!

  17. Perfect post as always! Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, God bless you all!

  18. Best post ever! Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  19. I had that horrible feeling as I went to bed last night. But the kids were happy!
    And thank you for your tip on how to stuff Christmas stockings, Rachel. My kids received packets of cheese and crackers in their stockings. The result: no sugar high at 7 AM!

  20. I set up an animated Christmas card for the family, only to find I needed to pay a joining fee of $12 to send it. I hesitated – did I need to spend more on Christmas Day to make it enough? I decided not to buy in. Happily I found a free card which was fine. Reading your post encourages me that I made a good decision. Merry Christmas.

  21. THERE’S NEVER ENOUGH!!!!! MUST GO SHOPPING ONE LAST TIME!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!

    j/k.

    good words. i appreciate hearing this.
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  22. Stephanie O says:

    Thanks. I really needed to read that. Right now. :)

  23. Thanks! really needed to read this! It is so stressful this time of the year.

  24. Merry Christmas!

  25. Merry Christmas Rachel and thank you for your lovely blog.

  26. Amen!

    Merry Christmas to you!

  27. Rachel, I’ve waited a couple of days to comment on your post because of some very raw emotions I’ve had over the holidays. My father passed away quite suddenly on Christmas Eve. While my husband and children were at home opening Christmas Eve pajamas and setting out cookies for Santa, I was at the hospital, holding my dad’s hand one last time and watching him take his last breath. The car ride home was tormenting. I’d never taken the formal photo he wanted of him and my mom. I hadn’t visited often enough. I hadn’t listened carefully to some of his stories. I hadn’t hugged him enough. I never told him how much he meant to me and my children. And I could only recall one recent time that I’d told him I loved him.

    I was awake all that night thinking of those regrets while also reflecting on his life and grieving for my mom’s sake, when suddenly your blog post came to mind. I was suddenly aware that “it was enough.” It was enough… because it had to be. There was no going back. I HAD told him I loved him a few weeks ago, and he had told me the same. I did have a lot of nice photos of him, I did have a nice visit with him on Thanksgiving, my kids adored him and loved him, and I had so many fond memories of lessons he’d taught me over the years. He lived his life in such a way that right up to the very end, it was enough. He’d lived a great life, he achieved many of his dreams, he always kept busy, and he touched the lives of everyone he knew.

    It’s amazing how the things that we busy ourselves with during the holidays just don’t matter. I’ve encouraged friends to take photos of themselves with their kids this Christmas, and photos of their kids with their grandparents, and photos of themselves with their spouses. Years from now, no one will care about photos of presents.

    Thank you so much for the simplicity and sincerity of your blog. Sometimes it’s just what we need to hear to keep us focused on what’s important. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    • Most importantly, I bet if you asked your Dad if he felt it was enough, his answer would be Yes! I lost my Dad 20 years ago. I can remember it like it happened yesterday. But the legacy he left and the lives he touched, live on each and every day. No day ever goes by without some thought of him. And, the memories he left his family and my daughter are just priceless. God Bless you. It will be a process. Just go with how you feel. Your heart and soul will never stear you in the wrong direction.

  28. You are absolutely correct. It is enough. This year we’ve started to “unplug the Christmas machine”. We’re still celebrating Christmas, and there are still gifts, but we’re spending a lot more time on the things we enjoy doing together. Free outdoor public skating as a family, snuggling up and watching Frosty the Snowman, and yesterday a lovely brunch out while we sat and watched a whole bunch of stressed out shoppers trying to catch the amazing sales.

    Here’s a parody of Rudolph you may enjoy. I’m not sure who the author is to give them credit, I saw it on facebook:

    Uh Oh We’re In The Red, Dear
    (To the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

    Uh oh we’re in the red, dear
    On our credit card it shows
    Christmas is almost over
    But the debit line still grows
    Shopping like Santa’s zombies
    Sent our budget down in flames
    But all our Christmas spirit
    Helped the giant retail chains

    I’m so foggy Christmas Eve
    Wondering how we’ll pay
    Christmas doesn’t seem so bright
    When our finances are tight

    So here’s a plan for next year
    Let’s forget the shopping spree
    Let’s give a gift of love, so
    All our Christmas gifts are free

  29. For the last 10 years we have taken a family vacation for Christmas – a family present. This year we decided to decrease the gifts even more. We drew names and only purchased for one person. At the last minute, my daughter called to confirm that we were sticking to the buying for one person idea. She didn’t want to be the only one who followed it. We definitely followed it and purchased meaningful gifts – 1 larger gift and then a few stocking stuffers. We were away from home so we went out to dinner, came home and played a favorite card game and then opened gifts. It was simple, but wonderful. We are done with “over the top” Christmases.

  30. New to your blog, a friend linked to your no spend month, but this, this is just what I needed to hear just when I needed to hear it. Thank you!

  31. Thank you for saying this. As a relatively new mom through adoption and a relative non-consumer, someone who doesn’t believe the hype STILL had these questions going through my head during the birthday/holiday season.

    Those images of Christmas trees with gifts stacked to the rafters is a very powerful image. In the back of my mind I still hear “well maybe that will make the holidays happy” – I know it won’t and I haven’t done it, but I still think about it. Thankfully my husband lives in Enough and can remind me of it daily.

    Thanks again for this post.