I’ve been trying to figure out for years why some people absolutely LOVE Christmas (like me) and others dread it,hate it, even loathe it. I could be wrong but I think one of the major pitfalls is putting way too much emphasis on one day. Remember this whole redeeming theme is about doing things better. Different. More intentional. Renovating our thoughts and attitudes takes some shifting of gears.
I have always loved Christmas because I treat it like a season. I warm into it. I decorate. Listen to carols. Decorate some more. Bake some cookies. Go to a concert. Drive around and look at Christmas light displays, make a gift, write in some cards, volunteer at a soup kitchen. Do what you like, but don’t do it all.
Perhaps in th focus on a five course meal for turkey dinner, the brunch that precedes it, the gifts that preceded that and the preparation of every detail, we have come to hate the entire process because it’s over before we can truly enjoy it or we don’t have time to enjoy it because we’re the ones who have placed all the expectations on ourselves that no one else asked for.
if all of your Christmas planning is focused entirely on Christmas Day and nothing else then it is no wonder you get stressed. It is also not a surprise that you are let down, exhausted, sick and fed up when the day is over.
Read Matthew 11:28-30. In Jesus’ own words He says, ” my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.
Hmmm, sounds like the perfect sentiment in our quest to redeem Chistmas from the chaos.
Easy and light. That is what Christmas Day should be. That is why Jesus came.
—–this post was typed with much frustration on an iPad. We’ll see if I can manage it tomorrow otherwise there way be a couple days’ wait for more! Still hanging out on a roof top with my husbanding: day 5!——–