Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What Santa Is Doing Right About Now...

I took this video while shopping at Big Lots yesterday with my kids.  I just thought it was too funny to not share it with you!  (Not sure what the right adjective is to describe it really, strange? amazing? completely awesome?...you be the judge.) 

Anyway...Are you feeling like the Santa in this video?  Do you hear the Rocky theme music every time to pull out your Christmas to-do list...or are you ready to throw in the towel on all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays?

A lot of Moms that I talk to are already stressing out about Christmas...and I must admit that I've got a long and growing To-do list as well.  Well, it's never too late (or early) to take President Uchtdorf's advice to SIMPLIFY and focus on the Things That Matter Most!  

If you are feeling stressed about all of the work that lies ahead of you this Christmas, this month, or even this week, why not take a few minutes to read and reflect on President Uchtdorf's words from the last General Conference--and consider how they might apply to your situation--before diving back in to your holiday preparations?  

Here's a great quote to start with from his talk:  "If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most."

Speaking of General Conference, if you've received your November 2010 Ensign already, make sure you check out the photos in it...They are AWESOME!  They're done in a totally different style than in the past, very personal, joyful, and vibrant.  I think being in color really helps with that too.  Here are two of my favorites:

To see the rest, you're just going to have to read your Ensign!

And remember to make sure you enter the giveaways that I have going on right now for the Thanksgiving Party on a Poster (ending this Friday) 
and the Santa's Helper Giveaway (ending Dec. 1).

PS - I've enjoyed reading all of your comments about what you are most thankful for this year...really inspiring, great stuff.  Thanks for helping me to focus on and be thankful for what is truly important!


  1. May I enter here about what I'm grateful for? I'm grateful for a lot. I'm most grateful though for a patience, loving Heavenly Father that lets me be who I am and lets me learn to be better to rely on Him. I've had a chance to really improve this relationship this year. That's what I'm grateful for.

    Thanks also for your SUPER help with learning how to blog.

  2. I keep my ensign next to me recliner, this way I can sit at least twice a day to reading a story. I love it.

  3. funny Santa=he certainly is stressed...we have simiplified Christmas a lot, no more tree and few decorations as we usually spend the holidays with Dan's family.

  4. I love the style of these new pictures in the Ensign. They're great!


    PS. And I am trying very hard not to get overly caught up in the stress of playing Santa this year. I want to enjoy myself...AND the spirit!


  5. As usual I enjoyed reading your blog. Christmas time can be very stressful and I loved the Conference message. It is important to do the things that matter most. Right now I am a grateful mode; so that is good
    Blessings to you!
    If you get a chance check out my lastest post on an Angel named Eliza; you will be glad you did. - http://lgwilliams.blogspot.com

  6. I just gave my R.S. Presidency message about that talk on sunday. Loved that talk, it was perfect for this time of year!!

  7. great post theme. i've already decided to make my christmas gifts now so that december can be a calm, peaceful month.

  8. Ooh, I haven't opened my Ensign yet -- just got it yesterday! I loved Pres. Uchtdorf's talk about simplifying. My husband and I have decided that we'll make Christmas simple for our family and easy to plan ahead for (increasing the simplicity) by sticking with this little ditty I found somewhere online last year (don't remember where...). For Christmas, we each have under the tree:
    something you want
    something you need
    something you wear
    something you read

    That keeps us in check with a smaller list, and still allows for some creativity, like giving my husband chapstick last year for something to wear. :) It's really helped simplify and balance out our holidays, for us and now shopping for our son.

    Every time I start complicating something unnecessarily, I think "space pen... just use a pencil!" :)

  9. I'm not worried about Christmas a whole lot this year. Both of our kids birthdays are so close to Christmas I'm not sure I want to do much more than a stocking for each of them. Plus, we don't have much money to spend on Christmas. What I really want to try and do is teach my children about the Savior and the traditions of Santa. I want to look back on this Christmas thinking how grateful I am for the Savior and how I can serve those around me. That, in itself, will be a true gift!

    Last night before going to bed I flipped through my Ensign and enjoyed seeing all the candid moments that were caught.

  10. ... love the photos! I've been admiring them constantly since the Conference Ensign came out. And the Santa - LOL! :D

    Thanks for sharing!
    Corine :D