Let’s face the reality the holidays are all about Family, friends, gatherings, church, and FOOD!! Celebrating Christmas can feel like you need a vacation afterwards. If you are like my wife and I we travel on Christmas. All our family still lives in Cleveland so we lovingly pack up three kids make the 40 minute or so trip to visit parents and grandparents and even our kids’ great-grandparents! While we love our families, it does get exhausting!!
Maybe you are in the same boat. You want to really celebrate and enjoy the season but with so much to do it becomes hectic and exhausting. So how can you celebrate Christmas and avoid the hustle and bustle that wipes us out? Let me offer 5 simple tips to help you this Christmas.
1.Set aside a specific time to be with the Lord. And keep it!
So much to do, so little time to do it!! Enjoying the Christmas season is better when we enjoy the Lord of the season. Set aside a specific time of the day- whatever fits your life best- and stick to it best you can. Whether that’s the morning, afternoon or night the point is to think ahead and set a time to meet with the Lord. Read through the birth narrative, work your way through some Psalms, or choose a smaller epistle to read through. Whatever you do choose to be with the Lord.
2. Get enough rest!
Nothing too spiritual in this one but it is greatly needed! Rest affects our whole day, the way we function, how we react and so much more. If that fruitcake isn’t made yet getting 10 more minutes of sleep isn’t going to make it magically appear. Go ahead and sleep in, you have my permission. For those with smaller children find a way to take a nap during the day. You’ll thank me for it!!
3. Plan and prepare early
If you can try to plan and prepare your days as early as you can. Get a sense of what the day entails and know how much time you need. This will help cut down on frustration, which leads to arguments and blaming. Little kids who know ahead of time what is expected respond better.
My side of the family has chosen to plan a day after Christmas to get together and be with one another. It has worked out very well for the adults and kids. kids love it because it’s another day of presents!! Adults love it because it’s less stressful and frustrating than trying to see everybody in one day.
4. Enjoy the season!
Listen to Christmas music! Go see lights! Bust out the hot chocolate and Christmas cookies!! Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season. Just sit and look outside at the snow and ponder the goodness of God. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you are festive! Develop a new family tradition or a continue an older one.
5. Keep the main thing the main thing.
Christmas is all about Jesus. Enjoy the season by enjoying Him! Worship Him, adore Him, and praise Him. Let us never forget He is the reason for the season.
From my family to yours, have yourself a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!-
Pastor David, Jen, Jayden, Taylor and Dayton