Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas

by Jennifer


Judy Christie wants to help you Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas so that you can have the holiday season you long for. Are you in?

Perhaps you are shaking your head at the mere mention of Christmas here the week before Thanksgiving! But that’s the point. This book not only gives you guidance about setting goals for the holiday you want (sticking to a budget, saying no to so many activities, focusing more on the religious meaning etc), but Christie also encourages you to use the true spirit of Thanksgiving to usher in the Christmas season. What’s more, the book also takes you all the way into the New Year.

The book contains it all. The “Less is More” chapter not only deals with busyness, but spending and overeating. Does that not sum it up?

Each chapter closes with “simple tips from friends,” which are just as the title suggests — simple, real-life, workable tips that you can consider using this very holiday season.

This book is published by Abingdon Press, a Christian publisher, and there is a very meaningful chapter “Growing Stronger Spiritually,” but other than that, many of these ideas could be used by those who get overwhelmed with the non-religious cultural elements of Christmas.

Go ahead — buy it now. It’s available in paperback and ebook. It’s a short book, so you can squeeze it in during this busy time. And if you end up winning, you can pass your copy along to a friend who needs it, and you can help each other stay accountable to your goals for a less hurried, more focused Christmas (There are even a few discussion questions for each chapter at the back of the book).

Mary gives her perspective on how she helps reduce holiday stress in her post and book review over at 5 Minutes for Faith.

Leave a comment if you’d like to win a copy. We’ll announce the winner right here on November 30.

You can also get another chance to win by checking out Elizabeth’s post over at 5 Minutes for Mom and leaving a comment over there. Having recently returned from living in Morocco, her Christmas experiences are something to check out! The giveaway is closed.

The winner of the latest Mother Daughter Bookclub novel Home for the Holidays is #24 Rebekah.

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*This post is part of a sponsored campaign with the publisher, but of course my opinions are my own.

Jennifer doesn’t get too hurried or worried during Christmas, but she appreciated the extra encouragement not to get too overwhelmed. When she gets busy, blogging at Snapshot is one of the first things to go.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz November 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

Sound advice. Gave up on perfection and came closer to the goal.


2 Kim November 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I so need this book! Thanks for the chance to win.


3 Patricia November 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Always looking for ways to simplify my life and enjoy the holidays with less stress and more meaning.


4 Estrella Azul November 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

This sounds great, thank you for the opportunity to win :)


5 Jen November 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I could really use this book!


6 Joy November 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

The title says it all: Hurry Less – Worry Less – this is something we should all do the whole year through.


7 Jennifer November 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Joy–you won! Please reply to this email notification with your shipping address.



8 Trish November 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm

My friend and I started making our Christmas cards two months ago and were so proud of ourselves – until we realized last weekend that we hadn’t even thought about finishing them yet! It just creeps up on you. :)

Sounds like a good read.


9 Shelly Ballou November 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

Thanks for sharing this book Jennifer. The title is a life goal that I hope to accomplish one day!


10 Amy November 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

Simplicity and the real meaning of Christmas, that’s what I hope for our home.


11 June November 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

Would love a copy of this book, can use all the help I can get during the busy holiday season!


12 Tiffany O. November 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

The holidays feel like a whirlwind to me. I’d love to read this book!


13 Sandra K321 November 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

Man, I would love to give this to my mother-in-law. She over does all of the holidays and becomes a nervous wreck and nobody has a good time.


14 Jill November 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

Definitely need any reminders/tips I can get to slow down and enjoy my family.


15 Linda Kish November 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I could use a copy.

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16 Staci A November 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I always stress and rush around at the holidays, so I’d love to read this!


17 Tammy Gordon November 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

I would love to win this! :)


18 John November 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Would like to read this book.


19 Natalia November 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Great book!


20 Beth C November 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

The title is great advice! Love to read it!


21 Jill November 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

I would love to win!


22 Alison Shaffer November 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I would be interested to learn about less! And how she continued to enjoy Christmas on less stuff after coming home to shopping.


23 Christina November 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I would love to win this! I need to read this and remember it throughout the Christmas season, and apply it to everyday life. :)


24 DAYLE BUTLER November 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

What a clever idea for a book.
I am sure your tips would be useful for
a busy holiday season. I also have a boy
that has a birthday in Dec.
Would love to snag a copy of your useful book.


25 Angela E. November 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

This would really help me out this x-mas season, I need HELP!


26 tennille November 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

couldn’t we all use a little help putting it all in perspective


27 Leah November 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I would love to read this book.


28 Tricia Andrews November 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

I would love to read this book. The title sums up how I really need to be during the holidays (and year round!)


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