“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. The Thanksgiving leftovers are still lingering yet Christmas is right around the corner. Am I the only one who feels that time is accelerating a rapid pace?
Christmas seems to be the favorite season of many. Everywhere you turn the lights are bright and its music is playing, as the air changes from the smell of pumpkin spice to evergreen. Yet, if not handled properly this time of year can change from the season of joy it is supposed to be, to a season of great stress.
So how do we make sure to truly enjoy the Holidays?
Here are 3 of my favorite ways I avoid holiday traps that aim to steal our joy.
1.Don’t make the season about gifts
Too often, we fall for the commercial snare of making Christmas about gift giving. I realize that for young children this aspect of the holiday can be mesmerizing. However, even young children can be taught to make room for new toys by giving some of their old ones away. Do our children really need rooms dedicated to toys? Teach them young the value of giving and raise them with a heart full of compassion for those around them.
Our family years ago made the decision to not fall for the need to gift everyone in our lives. The days of making sure no one was forgotten off a list and having a spare gift under the tree was replaced by quality time with friends and family. Today, we give of our time, talent and gifts throughout the year and it has been a liberating decision.
2.Don’t play the comparison game
One of the quickest ways to be robbed of your joy is to compare what others have against your life. Note to self, there will always be someone with what appears as something of greater value. If you fall for this trap, no matter what comes into your life you will never truly be satisfied. A constant quest for more, sets you up for always feeling like you never have enough.
Instead, have a grateful heart. Your contentment will open your heart and arms to receive more of what truly matters in this world. By letting go of the need to compare, you will enjoy the Christmas season more deeply.
3.Remember the true meaning of what you are celebrating
As a Christian the Christmas season must serve as a reminder that we have already been gifted the greatest of gifts. Taking time out of the year to remember that our savior was born to bring salvation can never compare with any earthly possession. So make it a point to hear the true Christmas message, open your heart to receive the immense love that was provided for you.
Keep your heart open to the love of Christ this Christmas season and let the truth of this message set you free.
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