In order to reduce my stress load this Christmas, I am reposting last year's Christmas Stress post instead of writing a new one.
Do you feel that Christmas is a disruption in your life?Are you overwhelmed by trying to provide the best Christmas possible?How do you feel when you read an article or hear a discussion on a talk show telling you that you shouldn’t try to create the “perfect” Christmas?And don’t forget all those movies about a burned out parent (usually Mom) who has a revelation and cries and berates herself for not seeing the meaning of Christmas.Do you feel guilty because you would have been satisfied with just “real nice”?Or are you shooting for perfect and feeling guilty not only for not making it but for even trying?
No matter where you turn, someone is saying something about the stress of Christmas.I stopped reading articles about how to avoid stress, since reading them and trying to put them into action just took up time and led to more stress. Maybe we just ought to accept that fact that we are going to strive for “the best Christmas ever,” no matter what we read or see on television and hear in church.
But I have a thought.
Christmas disrupts our lives, just as it has disrupted the world.Mary and Joseph had their lives disrupted; so did the shepherds and wise men.When we decide to follow Jesus, our lives are going to be changed and change is disruption.It is a miraculous disruption.
But wouldn’t it be nice to find a little peace?
Maybe on the 26th or the Saturday after Christmas, we can enjoy the leftovers, watch the DVD’s we got, and really read the Christmas cards and newsletters.I’m going to keep the 26th in mind tonight as I wrap presents and worry about whether everyone will like them.
You insist on calling corn candy "Harvest corn candy" because you believe Halloween is just public relations for the Devil. On Trick or Treat night you put a sign on your door saying that giving out treats is the work of Satan.