Holiday Season: The approximately 5 weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when our lives are so chaotic, we nearly forget what we are actually celebrating in the first place…
The struggle is real…
At Christmas time, we have every intention of acknowledging the birth of Christ and the hope and love we have through Him. However, the holidays can often trigger feelings of stress, loneliness, & depression. This then leads to over-analyzing, over-looking, and over-spending. Instead of reflecting on He who rules the earth with truth and grace, we hyper-focus on the distractions and obligations which rule our lives.
In the name of transparency, I’m totally guilty!
Here’s a practical example to which many can relate. I have six to seven Christmas parties I’m attending this holiday season. I love social gatherings! I love Christmas! So it’s exciting and energizing for me! The only downside: With each different gathering- I need to buy, make, and bring a certain outfit, food, and gift exchange present. It’s a lot to do! It’s a lot to buy! It’s a lot to remember! Add on everything else in my crazy life, and I feel like I need a seasonal errand runner and accountant just to help me pull it all together this holiday season! Why couldn’t Christmas come with a personal assistant?
The Solution is here…
Here are some things I’m trying to remind myself…
1- Remember, the pressure is off of you. The whole point of Christmas is Christ– His birth, His life, and His purpose for coming. And one of His main purposes in coming was to take your burdens off of you and place them onto Himself (Matt. 11:28-30).
2- Remember, it’s supposed to be joyful! We don’t merely acknowledge or observe Christmas; we celebrate it! Think about the songs we love to sing this time of year (the ones that aren’t about Santa or snow). These beloved tunes are often referring to “good news”, the refreshment and redemption of our souls. This is what we are intended to feel…
Tidings of comfort and joy!
Peace on earth and mercy mild.
Joy to the world!
All is calm; all is bright.
A thrill of hope.
3- Remember, Christmas is Jesus’ birthday; it’s not a personal measuring rod for how well you are doing in life. It’s a celebration of hope and love; it was never intended to make you feel bad about your current stage in life.
I get it. I’m single. If my original life plan had fallen into place, this would be my third married Christmas… This will, in fact, be my 25th single Christmas! Another pajama party with the siblings at the home of mom and dad!
Holidays have this funny way of acting like milestones, where we analyze our failures and successes based on “where we thought we would be by now”. I encourage you, let yourself off the hook.
For me, my Christmas season may not be the next Hallmark movie script- where the perfect man swoops in and helps me budget, cook, and shop for all my holiday parties and reunions, while escorting me in a one horse open sleigh! But hey… I do have Jesus! And He offers me strength, comfort, clarity, and hope AT ALL TIMES. I’m seriously thankful He was born and am forever grateful that He lives!
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