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  • Writer's pictureMegan DiMaria

Two simple strategies to sail through the holidays, stress-free.

Yes, believe it or not, the holidays are coming. It's still November, but Christmas ads are floating around in my social media feed, and that joyous season is in full swing in just about every retail store around town.

I love Christmas and all that it means: Our Savior has come! Peace (in hearts) on Earth! Expressing love with those dearest to us! But this also the season of hustle and bustle. The season to stretch yourself to accommodate others. The season of too little sleep and too much to do. But it doesn't have to wear you down emotionally. There are strategies to deal with the demands of the season.

My first strategy is a catchy phrase for you to recall for the next few months: I'm too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed. Remember, you have the privilege of choosing your attitude, despite what's going on around you. Repeat, I'm too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed.

My second strategy is a reading plan that is simple, yet encompasses the entire account of Jesus's life. It's something I ran across, and I wanted to share it with you before the month of December is upon us.

Here it is: beginning December 1st, read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke daily. (Conveniently, there are 24 chapters in that book.) Then on Christmas Eve, you'll complete the last chapter and will have read the account of Jesus's life.

If you are faithful to read this plan throughout the month of December, you'll wake up on Christmas morning with a fresh understanding of Who we celebrate.

Take a deep breath. Set your expectations for a wonderful Christmas season now. Look for the moments that will make forever memories, and be fully present. Be patient with others. Give away a smile a day. Remember, this is the season of perpetual hope.

Now, go out there and start to make Christmas merry!


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