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Dave and papa

“Everything is urgent/And everything is now/I wonder what would really happen/If I stopped somehow?”

I hope you can take a minute to listen to the Sara Groves song “Just One More Thing” from All Right Here.

Click HERE to listen.

(Lyrics available HERE)

Image by: Theophine Sebastian. “Dave and papa,” 28 May 2008. stock.xchng. Web. 28 Dec. 2009. <http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1013952&gt;

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During this month of December, Talk at the Table is publishing a post each day with a focus on slowing down during Advent.

Here’s the opening post:

Hope Every Day

Browse through the days by visiting the main site and scrolling down, reading backwards through the journey.

Another place you may want to swing by to experience a contemplative Christmas thought or two is Holy Experience. Ann Voskamp offers numerous Advent thoughts, including 4 Ways to Celebrate Christ in Christmas.

Finally, do visit the Christmas Change blog. Take a few minutes to enjoy the devotional posts that are contributed by a wide range of bloggers. Ponder the inspiring thoughts and stories.

They may change the way you view Christmas.

They may change you.

Star image by Talk at the Table.

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I’ve enjoyed following Aimee’s insights and inspiration as she shares her intentional choices to live a gentler, slower, simpler life day after day at Living, Learning and Loving Simply.

Aimee graciously granted permission for me to include THIS post in Not So Fast for the “Live from the Slow Zone” section.

Readers really respond to Aimee’s words. One time I was visiting a book club that chose to read Not So Fast, and one of the members of the group read out loud a few lines from that page in the book because Aimee’s words had impacted her.

Today, however, I wanted to share from a different post. It’s entitled “I’m Dreaming of a Slow Christmas.”

Aimee wrote:

I had to remind myself of these principles of slow living as I approached the Christmas season. About a week and a half ago I was feeling the anxiety, the pressure, the temptations towards unrealistic expectations (“everything must be handmade!”), and tears were coming and welling up way too often. I took a big breather and thought about what are the most important things to me at Christmas and then toss the rest.

It’s important to me to make my Christmas cards, play Christmas music excessively, bake lots of cookies, read my children great Christmas stories, and do our daily advent readings. But parties, full schedules, school work, running around town, homemade pajamas for my kids, patchwork Christmas pillows and handmade gifts for all who are important to me had to all get tossed from “the list”. Those things can be good things, but if they come between me and my relationship with the Lord, Mike, and my children, then…….

Read the entire post HERE…

(You may be interested to know that Aimee’s husband and brother-in-law were on the plane that landed on the Hudson River in January 2009. You can read some of her thoughts HERE and HERE).

Image by: Mike Chaput-Branson. “Cocoa w/Marshmallow,” 7 Dec. 2007. Flickr. Web. 11 Dec. 2009. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/427/2142255029/&gt; (All sizes of this photo are available for download under a Creative Commons license.)

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I posed a simple question at my author-blog:

This Christmas, as schedules grow more hectic and shopping threatens to consume …

What do you want to be sure not to miss?

It turns out there is a lot that people want to be sure they don’t miss.

As a result, people are simplifying and slowing down some aspect of their Christmas celebrations:

Are you seeking a simpler, slower Christmas this year?

Have you blogged about it?

Share links in the comments to your slow-down stories and solutions.

And savor the season….

Peace ornament a gift from the group. Photo by Ann Kroeker.

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