It’s time we make some changes in how we do Christmas.
Many of us get so stressed out at Christmas and here are a few of the culprits:
We’ve accepted stress and chaos as the norm, we people please, and we barrel into the season with no plan whatsoever.
Think about it, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or make anyone angry so we say yes to things we don’t even want to do out of guilt. And, instead of planning what we want our Christmas to look like, we just to decide to do everything, go to everything, and be everything to all.
And all the while, we are hoping the Magic Christmas fairy is going to produce our magical, It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas all on its own.
So, what are we to do?
I came up with three short, but simple ways to help us recapture the magic & meaning this season:
In a season so full of rush and overwhelm, may we start this season off with quiet time before the Lord. Say your own prayer or use this one:
“God, I want to see you and feel your presence this Christmas. I want to end this season with a deeper love for you. My greatest desire this Christmas is to know you and trust you more. Please guide me this season, help me not to stress, and to experience what Christmas is truly about: Your Son.”
Sit down and visualize what you want your Christmas to look like. Are you more introverted and can’t stand going to thirty parties and desire more peace and quiet? Are you desiring more time with people you are close to? Call them, set a date, and make it happen. Look at your to do list and figure out what needs to go and what needs to stay. Prioritize what truly matters and what is best for you and your family.
Be the Change-
So many times we complain about the commercialism of Christmas but, here’s a question we should ask ourselves:
“What are we doing to change it?” Be the change you want to see this year. Find creative ways to combat commercialism with keeping Christ center. Make a list of all the ways you wish Christmas was different and implement them. Instead of overspending on your loved ones, give the gift they want the most: Your time. Have fun planning special days or nights with people who mean the most to you.
Blessings to each of you and your loved ones this season– may we pray, plan, and prioritize and in doing so, have the most peaceful Christmas we’ve ever had.
Below is a Christmas Manifesto that I wrote for some of us who may need some reminders for all the above.
Print it out, put that bad boy on your fridge, and let’s all be the change this year! 🙂
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