Are you dreading the holiday season this year? Too many parties to attend? Bad weather keeping your family from making it home? Not enough in your bank account to buy gifts? No one to celebrate with? Unexpected health issues?
Those are all difficult situations. Try hard to not let those stresses and worries steal your joy during this beautiful time of the year. Let’s remember the reason for the season. Christmas time is a time to celebrate. A time to celebrate family, friends, and most importantly, a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
We would like to share with you a few ways to CELEBRATE Christmas and every single day.
C = Connect with your family, your friends, your church. Invite others over for a cup of hot chocolate and conversation. Or, gather together to play a few games. Ones like Guess Who or Sorry.
E = Enjoy some YOU time. Light a scented Christmas candle and take a leisurely bath. Pop some corn and watch your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie(s). Turn up the music on the Pandora Rockin’ Holidays Radio station and dance away while you bake some Christmas goodies.
L = Laugh together. Find humor in every moment. Children laugh over 400 times a day. Adults? Maybe 15 times a day. Let’s change that!
E = Extend an invitation to others to come over for a Christmas pot luck. Have them bring their favorite Christmas foods and beverages. Keep it casual then give it a KISS—Keep It Simple Silly.
B = Bake a few goodies and deliver to your neighbors, the church shut ins, and the older adults at your local nursing home. Buy small devotional books and share with friends and family. One favorite devotional is Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.
R = Read the Christmas story together while sitting around the Christmas tree or the fireplace. It’s a beautiful story that can be found in the chapter of Luke in the bible.
A = Accentuate the positive. Be one of the good people still in this world by blessing others with unexpected kindness. One person, one place, one act at a time can change the world. Check out the book A Case For Kindness by Lisa Barrickman for many kindness ideas.
T = Thank others and thank them often. Thank you to all of you for being our faithful readers. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
E = Eat as healthy as you can during this season of delightful eats, however, do not deprive yourself of that delicious frosted Christmas tree sugar cookie. Exercise too. Maybe walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike. Stay healthy!
May you be blessed indeed in 2018. Merry Christmas from us to you!