I hope that you are all doing well.
This is a re-post but it still applies this year, too.
This week’s post is all about how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas. 😊
- Don’t leave things until last minute!
There’s nothing worse than rushing about all over the place, at the last minute, trying to find something you didn’t think about. So, the best thing to do is plan everything.
- Make a list of all the things that you need to buy, and do, before Christmas then cross items off the list once they’ve been completed as this gives a sense of satisfaction.
- If you do forget something, rather than getting stressed out about it think: Is the item really necessary? Could you manage without it?
- Try to get everything finished in advance so you have time to check for anything you may have missed.
- Be prepared, in prayer, for dealing with challenging relatives.
It all begins with prayer. Cover yourself and your family in prayer so that you are ready and able to deal with every situation.
Christmas is a time for families, often family members that you don’t see very often so be prepared. Some family members can be challenging so you need to make allowances for this and remember that you are the Christian so be sure to set a good example, then others can see Christ through you. Don’t get caught up in pettiness, which can be easily done, but be the Christian that God has called you to be.
- Try and limit your time with difficult people.
If someone is being deliberately difficult and/or challenging, then limit your time with them. Keep popping over for a brief chat with them rather than one long talk. This way, they won’t have time to annoy you as you won’t be there long enough.
- Be Christ-like
Christmas is a great time to show family members, relatives and friends who Jesus really is by the way you talk to them and how you behave. This itself speaks volumes of what Jesus has done in your life. After all, these are the people who knew what you were like before, so they can see the changes in you even if they don’t say it to your face.
Try to remember this when you are with them. Sometimes this can be the reason for friction because they want what you have but they don’t know how to get it, or how to ask you about it. Be friendly and approachable then this may become an opportunity for them to know God for themselves.
- Witness and spread the Good News!
This is a great season to share with them why we celebrate Christmas! It’s because of this time that we can make heaven our home, even though it’s because the death and resurrection that we are saved, but if Jesus wasn’t born in the flesh in the first place then how could He die for us?
Many people forget what the Christmas season is all about because of media, and the world. To those people it’s about making money, presents, the festive season, happy holidays, and the like, but it’s all about Jesus and what He did for all mankind. So, let’s remind them of what Christmas is all about and why it’s a time of celebration!
- Enjoy Christmas!
Lastly, enjoy Christmas! It only happens once a year so make the most of it. Relax, unwind, if you’re not working. But even if you are, take Jesus with you as you may have an opportunity to tell someone else about why you celebrate the birth of Jesus. Be joyful and be a good example. I’ll leave you with a Scripture:
A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John13:34-35.
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