Aimee Mae Wiley
About the Author

Aimee is a wife and mom of five school-aged children residing in Wisconsin. Also a freelance writer and editor, her work can be found in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, among other publications. She blogs at Whispers of Worth about her passion for simplicity and surrender.

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  1. Amen sister!! I’m on the way to the calm of Christ Jesus that very road you speak of! A pastor called it manger danger… where is your focus he said? I love your ideas to love on people all year and blessings to you this very Christmas Day \0/

  2. Aimee,

    This world makes it so easy to fall into the gift giving trap. It’s almost as though that is all Christmas is about. There is nothing wrong with gift giving in & of itself. We shouldn’t make ourselves crazy or spend to much just to get everyone gifts. There needs to be a reason behind the gift giving. We love the other person & don’t want a thing in return. We have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas & why we celebrate it at all! I feel like Charlie Brown “Doesn’t anyone know the real meaning of Christmas?” This world doesn’t want to hear it about a savior who claims to be the way! They want to say happy holidays so as not to offend anyone. Listen to the song “It’s Called Christmas” by Go Fish. Another song I love is “Leaving Heaven” by Matthew West. Their lyrics say what Christmas is all about. A savior who left the splendor of Heaven to come down to broken Earth & save us from our sinful selves. It was the greatest gift ever given-yet not wrapped in fancy gold or silver just swaddling clothes & put in a smelly trough.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth,
      Thanks for the song recommendations; I am going to check them out. Yes, the real gift of Christmas is not all fancy and wrapped in a bow; He came with nothing and gave us everything we need for eternal life. Blessings to you, too, this Christmas.

  3. Aimee—
    I love your ideas. Less let’s us have time to slow down and appreciate the real gift to us. As a teacher, you are absolutely correct. It’s such a kind gesture, but sooo much stuff. Merry (calm) Christmas!

  4. Aimee Mae, I love how you identified the areas that were causing unneeded stress and a pull toward a skewed focus and made an actionable plan to address those things while still leaning into the joy of giving and celebrating. So good! I think those areas that need adjustment will be different for everyone. But ultimately we each get to ask, God, how can I focus on your love best this Christmas and share it with others all year long?

    • Becky,
      Absolutely! I agree, God doesn’t ask the same thing of each of us. We need to listen carefully to the Spirit’s leading as we encounter others and share His love (and ours) with them at Christmas and throughout the year.

  5. Thanks, Aimee Mae. I love how you took the ways you expressed your love for people and moved them to other times of the year. Our December traditions (or intentions) can start as lovely and simple, but if we keep adding to them as years go by and never prune anything back, it grows into an unsightly mess! Even if it’s just the list in my mind of what I WISH I were doing and not what I actually accomplish, pruning and replanting in other seasons is so healthy. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • Melissa,
      I love your gardening analogy! I have certainly had years that looked completely overgrown and chaotic. I take notes every year after Christmas to remind myself of where I felt overextended and what felt just right, along with ideas for how to proceed more simply and intentionally the next year.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Thanks for this post. I just started working full-time last month for the first time in 19 years so I have been stressing out about how to get all my baking done this year for gifts for friends, neighbors, and coworkers. I settled for making candy thinking it would be less time-consuming, but some of it didn’t turn out so well. I was considering another trip to the store tonight for more ingredients, then getting up early to make more goodies. But after reading your post, I’ve decided to just give what I have. I’m sure everyone already has an abundance of sweet treats right now anyway. Next year I will make a plan to fully enjoy Christmas and not make the holiday season so stressful!