Think-Back-On-It Thursday #12 - Holiday Edition

As you know if you've been reading the blog this year, I've been revising (and I hope improving) older posts from the very beginning of my blogging career (five years ago) up through early 2023.  Some of those older posts were really quite good, and I've been sharing them with you on selected Thursdays since February.

It's worth visiting what we've written, read, or thought before, as both a reminder and for new insights.  And as we begin the sixth season of holiday posts here on Maximum Gratitude Minimal Stuff, I want to share some thoughts from the past that I think will reward you today.

holiday wreath

Live Like Every Day Matters, from November 1, 2019

No fancy gift or special trip changes a cruddy everyday life, because what you do every day matters more than what you do occasionally.  If you really want to live your best life, cherish today!

Be a Holiday Connoisseur: How to Savor Quality Over Quantity, from November 27, 2020

This post was written during the "COVID Christmas," when infections were surging once again.  I made a startling confession, and went on to write about how we could create a wonderful holiday while buying, doing, and traveling less.  COVID set limits, but limits could actually help us enjoy a higher-quality holiday.

6 Signs You Shouldn't Buy Another Christmas Gift, from December 7, 2020

Christmas has the potential to be so much more than "the holiday shopping season."  There are good reasons to shop less in order to provide a better result.

How to Make Your Holiday More About Experiences and Less About Gifts, from November 7, 2022

Want to make lasting holiday memories?  When you ask people what they got last year, most can't remember even one gift.  Change that situation by investing in life experiences.

This Holiday, Make a Yes List that Supports What You Value Most, from November 28, 2022

When we say yes to everything, we risk fatigue and overwhelm.  But yes is positive and sets priorities.  Here are 6 items you should add to a holiday yes list.

How to Declutter Christmas Decorations, from November 25, 2022

Make the most of the holidays by focusing on what matters.  Since d├ęcor creates focus and inspires action, let yours communicate what makes the holiday important to you.

The 30-Day Habit Challenge for a Better New Year, from December 30, 2019

Better than the typical resolution, a 30-day challenge lets you focus for a specific length of time on one new behavior that can improve your life.  Try one of these 15 experiments for fun and enlightenment.

If you want to start planning for a simpler, more personalized and peaceful holiday, consider my book A Minimalist Holiday: Simplify Your Celebration for More Meaning and Joy, available on Amazon.  You don't have to do more or buy more to make the holidays mean more, and A Minimalist Holiday will show you how.

Also available
:  My holiday story for children, Fairhaven Christmas Eve.  Everyone in Fairhaven is busy with holiday plans, but some have forgotten the reason for the celebration.  Three children are struggling to find the ingredients that will make the day truly special, while another has forgotten how much she has to give.


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