It's a fact. The Christmas season is a rushed, overly commercialized holiday. With ads and promotions pushing you to buy more, do more, be more, it can get too hectic. I've been there and done that.
But it doesn't have to be. When you've reached that spot in your life where you wonder if it's all worth it, then STOP. Take a deep breath (or several) and walk away for a few minutes.
Here are three ways that can help you produce a spiritual and comforting season for yourself and those you love who surround you.
- Focus on what's important. Too many activities or duties will wear even the strongest down. Don't! Don't try to cram everything in. When I looked at all the things that were interesting, that I'd love to experience or share with my loved ones, I knew I couldn't do them all. Some filtered out because of the distance we'd had to travel, others because of pressing duties. But two items have remained, and both will give us time to spend one-on-one with those we hold dear.
- Go with the flow. Allow time for the unexpected. Life happens, plans change, ideas evolve. Don't stress out over it, but breathe deeply over the unexpected, savor the moment, and know that all things happen for a reason, even when we don't know why. You only get to live once. Don't allow even one second to pass without you squeezing every bit of joy from it.
- Enjoy the season. Relax, breathe evenly, rejoice in the blessings you have, remember the good times, the lessons learned, that God loves you...and keep the joy or the reason for the season and the hope that is ours who love Him.