Tips to enjoy the Christmas season
As we enter the Christmas season, our calendars are booking up and we're busy, busy, busy. Doesn't it seems that each holiday season passes more quickly than the last?
Between social media, movie classics, glitzy advertisements, and our misguided ideas of the ideal Christmas, we face pressure to strive and struggle to create the perfect Christmas. But friends, the only perfect Christmas has already occurred—two thousand+ years ago.
In a blink, it will be 2019. But before that occurs, let's set our expectations for this Christmas season so we won't be disappointed.
Here are some tips to ensure a more pleasant Christmas:
Give up your fantasy of the perfect Christmas.
Expect nothing, appreciate everything. No one must __________ (fill in the blank: be kind, give gifts, etc.), so when they do, be grateful for kindness shown.
Be grateful for what you have. If you have a moment, write down your blessings so you can fully appreciate what you have.
Simplify. You don't have go all out with decorations or attend every event.
Enjoy Christmas music. It will lift your spirit and feed your soul.
Give a gift to someone in need or send a letter to a soldier.
Enjoy the outdoors by viewing Christmas lights or taking a walk in nature.
Prepare for the big day by purchasing and wrapping gifts early in the season.
Write a letter to someone dear to you and tell them why you appreciate them.
The best part of the Christmas season is expressing affection with family, friends, and neighbors. I know it sounds corny, but for me, it’s true. I love to stop and visit, chat and admire the pretty decorations on display, and get face-to-face and heart-to-heart with those I hold dear.
Remember, Christmas is worth celebrating because Jesus came into the world. Because I chose to be a Christ follower, my world is richer, deeper, and more joyful. Jesus is the reason for the season. He is the gift.
I wish you peace, love, and joy this Christmas and the time to share those sentiments with people who are special to you.