Simplifying Christmas – 9 Ways to Manage Your Schedule, by Cara Putman – plus Giveaway!

Old wood texture with snow and firtreeDo you break out in hives just thinking about the craziness and chaos that comes with Christmas? It doesn’t have to be that way. Inspirational authors Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer share about Christmases past in their new novella collection Where Treetops Glisten. Their three stories “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” will take you back to war-time 1942, 1943, and 1944. The authors have also teamed up to give tips on simplifying Christmas this year! Join us  December 1-6 on Not Quite Amish for the Simplifying Christmas series.




9 Ways to Manage Your Schedule This Holiday

 by Cara Putman

“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Have you ever felt that way about the last six weeks of the year? You wake up one morning and it’s November 20th. Blink and it’s January 2. Weeks have passed and you’d had such high hopes for a season filled with peace.

Instead, the weeks are filled with events, rehearsals, recitals, parties, and more. Christmas has become a time of immense busyness. Instead of being a season of peace and enjoyment, many of us see December approach on the calendar with a sense of dread. Do you hate that as much as I do? Do you long for an approach to the season that doesn’t make you cringe?

When I asked some friends how they simplify Christmas, many talked about schedules.

Today, I wanted to share some of their ideas with you. I’d also love to hear your suggestions. Together maybe we can bring some sanity back to the holidays. 

To read the rest of the article, and for a free printable to help you manage your schedule, please visit Not Quite Amish.

Where Treetops Glisten Gift Basket Giveaway!

My publisher has created three wonderful gift baskets. To enter to win this basket, please use the Rafflecopter form below (US residents only please). Also find the additional giveaways (and read more great tips to simplify Christmas!) on Tricia Goyer’s blog and Cara Putman’s blog!

WTG apron bookEach basket contains:

    • Copy of Where Treetops Glisten
    • Christmas DVD – Holiday InnBing Crosby, Fred Astaire
    • Christmas CD (includes all the book title songs) – “A Jolly Christmas” Frank Sinatra
    • Apron made from vintage pattern
    • Recipe cards from each character

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20 Responses to “Simplifying Christmas – 9 Ways to Manage Your Schedule, by Cara Putman – plus Giveaway!”

  1. Jeanette Wheeler Barea

    I really enjoy reading your books.

  2. Deanna Furrey

    I would like to slow down and enjoy time with family. I despise the commercialism (sp) and pressure to buy. Christmas should be about the birth of Jesus. It is difficult when friends and family don’t think the same way.

    • Sarah Sundin

      It is. We can only do what’s best for ourselves and our immediate family – focusing on Jesus trumps everything else!

  3. Carol Carman

    I am new to your books. What a treasure!

  4. steph J

    We simplify the holiday season by focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of Jesus. We give just a few gifts to our Children on Christmas and we stay home on Christmas day. We visit family before or after Christmas. We make sure our schedule in December gives us time to spend time with the family.

  5. Peggy

    We get together as a family. Sometimes there is anywhere from 25 to 40 here!!! We enjoy with food more food and fellowship!!!
    I am also new to your Books thank you ..

    • Sarah Sundin

      That sounds like so much fun! I always had small family Christmases growing up (four of us) – we were the only family members on the west coast – so the first time I went to my husband’s huge family get-together, I was a bit overwhelmed, but I loved it.

  6. MaryBeth

    This year I am going to try to keep up (first, get started) on wrapping. I am also going to put things out as they are wrapped. This is not our usual tradition (they go out after bedtime on Christmas eve), but I think I won’t wait up for my nocturnal 20-somethings to go to bed, AND I won’t have to find a place to hide all the gifts with company in the house…Sigh, sounds better already!

    • Sarah Sundin

      Twenty-somethings. Yep. My kids are 16-22, and they go to bed later than I do! Drives me bonkers. That used to be MY time 🙂

  7. Donna EHD

    I guess we already have simplified our Christmas season somewhat. Hubby & I do not fret over, or shop hard for, gifts. Nor do we buy so many gifts. We try to get things that are wanted, or needed. I do usually procrastinate with the wrapping, so this year I’m going to try and do better.
    Our adult children, and adult and almost adult grandchildren, do not live nearby, so most of our activities center around church [hubby is pastor]. I don’t do much if any baking, or decorating.

    • Sarah Sundin

      Procrastination is my biggest Christmas problem too! I always make a schedule, but some years I’m better at following it than others 🙂

  8. Debra Rice

    We have simplified Christmas this year, by buying less gifts this year. My husband and I also give to Compassion International, we sponsor two children.

    • Sarah Sundin

      And no one really notices when there are fewer gifts under the tree. But giving to Compassion makes a difference for eternity 🙂

  9. Lisa Cowell

    I left an incredibly long post on Tricia’s blog, so I won’t go into details again, but simplify it by saying I have not “done” Christmas in many years. This year, I am going to try to pull it together a little bit, and go visit my daughter and grandchildren for a few days.