Christmas is just about a week away and as with every year I am all the way here for it. I love the music, lights, and spirit of peace that it brings but at the same time the holidays can be overwhelming. The parking lots of Target, Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us have become chaotic, full of anxious shoppers wrapping up their Christmas lists. So in effort to keep the positivity of the holiday season in full swing until December 25th here are 7 easy steps to follow:
- Remember the reason for the season. As cliché as it sounds, Jesus is so easily forgotten on his own birthday. I even had to check myself the other day as I frantically contemplated what to get the little ones on my list. I stopped buying gifts years ago for anyone other than the children in my life. It has relieved the pressure not only for myself but those around me because I expect nothing. I am able to enjoy the company of family and friends without pondering if they will like what’s under the tree.
- SHOP ONLINE!!! For those you just cannot leave behind, save yourself a trip to the store. The gifts you are looking for are just a click away. Most of the major stores provide free shipping during the holidays and many have even extended their return policy.
- Do what you enjoy. Play Taboo with the family, watch the basketball game with friends, go see a movie. Don’t make the holidays all about checking off someone else’s to-do list.
- Consider your loved one’s wishes. While it’s important to do what you enjoy, your hubby may have another idea of fun. Make a plan to fit in everyone’s schedules.
- Be kind to others. For some this may be their first Christmas without a loved one. Reach out to those with a healing heart and be there for them. Invite them over if they don’t have anywhere else to go.
- Give back. Make an extra meal to feed the less fortunate. Sponsor a family who lost their possessions. Your Christmas season will be much more full if you put someone else’s needs before your wants.
- Make up your mind to be happy. Most matters in life start as a thought. Train your mind to be positive even when Uncle Charlie drinks too much and starts spilling your dirt or your mother-in-law says you’re overweight.
Here you have all the tools to ensuring a peaceful Christmas season. I pray that you experience His joy like never before. Happy Holidays from Disclosednative.com!!!