Our lives are jam-packed full of events, deadlines, people, things, places, and more, but,
for many, Christmas time is when all of these things seem to fall on top of each other, and we get lost in the madness. With so many obligations and situations demanding our attention, this part of the year generally is the most stressful and has the largest toll on us. So, in an effort to qualm the fears of failure and the burden of obligations, here are some simple things to remember this Christmas Season.
Christmas is Not About You
I feel that, often times, people tend to forget one extremely important detail about Christmas. It’s not about gifts. It’s not about food. It’s not about us. It’s about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His miraculous birth to the Virgin Mary. People are forgetting that Christmas is more than just a holiday. It is, in truth, a HOLY-Day (where the word holiday comes from). It is a time of remembrance and celebration that God sent His one and only Son down to earth in a physical body so that He would one day die for our sins. I find that keeping this in mind puts me much more at ease during Christmas-time.
Rethink Your Obligations
Unless you promised that you would bring the food, prepare the food, help set up/tear down, you are not obligated to attend all of the parties. But, Lindi! I’m obligated to my family and friends! Yes, and no. If you obligated yourself, yes. If you feel pressured into it, no. You won’t receive a pay cut for not going to your boss’s holiday party. You won’t lose friends if you’re double booked on parties. You won’t even lose friends if you are just not up to going. Trust me on that one. They will understand.
Have Goodwill Towards Men (and Women)
So, you’ve been planning this Christmas party since last year. You invited everyone months in advance with RSVPs, etc. The day arrives, you are getting ready to be the perfect host, and…as the party is about to start, a few guests call and say they can’t make it. Or, you had planned on going with a friend or friends and they have to bail. Don’t get angry or frustrated. As we all know (which is why I made this post in the first place), the holidays can be stressful for many people. For some, it’s just the stress of getting things together, for others, it can be much more serious. So, take into consideration that some may have legitimate reasons to bail, but instead of getting frustrated, offer up a prayer for them, offer to be there for them when they need you, and enjoy yourself even though they aren’t there.
Life is Not a Hallmark Movie
Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Sometimes, you may not even have a plan and things go terribly wrong. A lot of times, life doesn’t offer a cheeky lesson as things get wrapped up in a big ole bow. The Christmas turkey or ham may get burned to a crisp. Maybe you forgot to pack the Christmas presets as you were planning on flying cross country. Maybe an accident or other tragic event happens that effectively ends all parties and events. Life was never meant to be perfect like a Hallmark movie. Life was given to us to be messy, broken, and weird. That’s what makes Christmas so special. It is our time to acknowledge that life isn’t perfect and to rejoice that we have the opportunity as Christians to have the perfect eternal life through Jesus. So, life isn’t like a Hallmark movie, and I say, “Thank Goodness!”
It’s Okay to Enjoy Yourself, Too
The holidays can get pretty rough and somewhat demanding of your time and energy. We may get bogged down with plans and presents, but just remember that this is a time of celebration. This is a time of communion with your family (both literal and Christian). There may seem like a lot to do and a lot of stress to come, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself, too. After all, it’s a time of celebration. Don’t get so caught up in others celebrating that you forget to, too. You can enjoy yourself.
So, don’t let the Christmas-time madness get to you. Just keep these simple things in mind. Keep your head up, and take it all in.