Keeping the Peace at Christmas
- It doesn’t have to be picture perfect: The big misconception is that everything has to look perfect, feel perfect, act perfect and just be perfect. Life is not perfect and Christmas is not the exception. Jesus’s birth was not in perfect circumstance and we celebrate the imperfection of his arrival. You do not need it all to be perfect.
- Rest: If you overdo it you will not enjoy it. Take time to rest during this holiday season. You will have much more energy and enjoy it all when you take time to rest.
- Know the reason you are celebrating: Jesus’s birth is the entire reason we have this holiday season. Remember that so all else falls in behind the reason. Put Christ at the center
- Only do what you know you can: Realizing that you cannot possibly do it all will save you in the long run. God doesn’t expect you to be any more qualified or able than any other time of the year. Do not overdo it. Do what you can and rest in the fact that you have done your best.
- Make it more about Christ than the presents: I have known some parents who want to add in the story of Jesus’s birth to their family Christmas by only giving three gifts to mimic the three gifts given to Jesus: Frankincense, Incense and Myrrh. In our home, we have chosen to give four gifts: something you need, something you want, something you can read, and something you can wear. Our children have come to love this. They write their lists and know exactly what they are needing to ask for. We also have a tradition of a Christmas even gift and it’s the same every year (the kids seriously love it even though they know what they will be getting). We give them a new pair of pajamas, a bag of popcorn, a packet of cocoa, and a new DVD appropriate to their age and what we think is acceptable. Think of ways that you can make Christmas more about Christ and not just the presents.
You can keep peace at Christmas, but it has to start with you and how you choose to spend your season. No more running ragged. Stop and relax and do what you can. Make it about Christ and enjoy your family. Make memories with Christ at the center of it all.