Stewardship Sunday: Oh, Which Holiday Stuff to Use & Which to Lose
It’s that time
Thanksgiving fades & Christmas Decor slowly makes its way from the Sheds
I like this sweet flurry of activity
A grumble from two teenage sons as they gather lights & extension cords
My heart chooses to believe they secretly like it. Smiles & laughter eventually make their way back with the boxes & the boys.
Yes, I still ask them to do it
No, I do not hire it out
(Though I can see the day coming)
Stewardship. It’s a necessary part of building a custom life. We need to equip the next gen in stewardship. Not always easy.
Years ago after a decade of accumulation & passing parents I had amassed the equivalent of a Village of Decor
At the time, my assistant and I thought – oh, it can’t be THAT bad
Ha! When we spread out every single item, it was awful. I felt like I needed to fast & repent.
We purged & purged, donated & trashed
I kept ONLY WHAT MATTERED to me
Each season since I have instituted a similar routine
Not everything comes up for review each year now but I am struck by how MUCH we carry in our Custom Baggage. It weighs us down.
It is ok to LET GO of an ugly family ornament & KEEP the vintage wrapping paper I like
It is ok to LET GO of a tattered heirloom & KEEP one I buy today
Here it is: Designer Permission to Purge those Decorations that don’t ADD to who YOU are TODAY
YOU are building your Custom Life. Your custom memories. Take charge and only Decorate with what you love.
It’s ok to wander between austere years & traditional abundance
I went over the top this year with a tree in our entry hall because I was craving the traditional
Last year it was twigs & minimal
& that’s ok
It took me years to realize this simple truth:
Stewardship is a PROCESS not a THING
Stewardship is bringing the Decor from the shed NOT the Decor
Stewardship is hanging the lights NOT the lights
This simple realization equipped me to let go. It was a lightbulb moment for a Designer who ekes out a living in this stuff.
I used to think it WAS the ornament. It’s not. Because if the ornament breaks….
Stewardship Sunday: Make it yours. Be fearless. Let go. Be present. Today.
“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™