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December 8, 2015

What’s Your Greatest Hits List?

I remember asking my mom to buy me Garth Brooks’ first greatest hits album in middle school. I listened to it on repeat no less than 1,000 times, singing every word out of tune at the top of my lungs...

What’s Your Greatest Hits List? | Christy Wright

I remember asking my mom to buy me Garth Brooks’ first greatest hits album in middle school. I listened to it on repeat no less than 1,000 times, singing every word out of tune at the top of my lungs over and over.

This was before digital music. You could only buy CDs, which meant you had to buy every single song on the album whether you liked it or not. What I love about the greatest hits albums of my childhood is that they pulled together songs that were only the best of the best.

We can do that pretty easily with music now by picking and choosing which songs we want in our iTunes library. But what if we applied that same idea to our time? What if instead of accepting every invitation and opportunity available this Christmas season, we made a list of only the best of the best? It could be a Christmas Greatest Hits List of sorts.

Instead of saying yes to every party, potluck and present exchange, ask your family what their favorite memories of past Christmases are. Have each member of your family make a list of up to three things that were their favorite parts of Christmas. Then combine everyone’s list, make a Family Christmas Greatest Hits List, and do only those things this holiday season.

I bet you’ll be surprised at what your family loves and remembers the most. It’s probably not the most expensive gift. I doubt it’s the Christmas you drove 1,000 miles trying to see every distant family member so that no one felt left out. I bet it will be the simple things, the sweet things, the silly things and the special things.

So this Christmas, instead of trying to cram 20 new traditions, parties and plans into your already crazy calendar, just make a list of the best of the best and do those things. Then when you look back on this holiday season, maybe it will be like my Garth Brooks greatest hits album—a Christmas season you’ll want to repeat 1,000 more times.

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  • Tiffany says:

    I needed this today. We said no to a party for this upcoming weekend. We really love the group of people but it felt like one more thing to add to the list of gifts to buy and side dishes to make. The decision is not being received well but I feel peace about just getting to hang with my family that night.
    Merry Christmas Christy! Thank you for all you do.?

  • Dot says:

    I am finding that not so difficult at times, but then at times I am so torn. Torn between wanting to meet up with those that will be there because we are always in a rush to do this or that. But . . . I rest at ease knowing ti is/was the right decision. Thank you for the encouragement to do so. Enjoy your 1st Christmas with Carter doing everything so precious – a joy!

  • Michelle says:

    I declined an event at church tonight- a big dinner for volunteers. When it got down to going just to please our group’s leader, I knew I needed to follow my heart and stay home. I got my Ramsey budget for Dec done late but done all the same!
    Thanks for the greatest hits list from family- I needed this. Will do this week! Excellent! Thank you for your blog all year long!!