- Christmas Tree bought and decorated? Check.
- Lights hung outside the house? Check.
- Inside decorations up, cookie recipe ingredients bought, Christmas card picture taken? Check, check and check.
- Time spent with God? Just as soon as we finish buying teacher gifts, wrapping a few more presents and addressing Christmas cards!
Can you relate?
Christmas to-do’s can almost feel like an endless list and they can eat up all of our time.
One of the great omissions of the Christmas season is our personal time with God. The very reason we’re doing all of this is to celebrate someone who loves us.
So love Him back.
Start each day with God, and you’re far more likely to remember Him in all your moments. And that’s not just better for you, but it’s significantly better for everyone around you too.
Here are six more holiday tips that can make your holiday more peaceful all around.
1 – Create realistic expectations
If the secret to happiness is low expectations, then set realistic expectations for the holidays.
Take your expectations and cut them in half. You might find some joy in the process.
2 – Set a reasonable pace
When I was in school, my last exam would finish on December 23rd. I’d have 24 hours to get everything ready. I’d run into Christmas exhausted.
Now, theoretically, I could start preparing in July. But I still tend to leave it too late.
A sustainable pace creates a sustainable peace. And who doesn’t need that?
3 – Expect the unexpected
I don’t like surprises, but Christmas is full of them.
If you expect surprise guests, surprise commitments, surprise interruptions and surprise expenses, you won’t be as a surprised. And you’ll be much more gracious.
4 – Agree on a budget
Peace on earth is one thing. Peace in January is another.
If you agree on a budget for everything and everyone ahead of time, you will significant reduce your stress before Christmas.
5 – Say no
You don’t have to go to every Christmas party or send cards to everyone you know.
When you say no to the less important things, you’re saying yes to what matters most.
6 – Rest
Someone once said 70% of discipleship is a good night’s sleep. There’s some truth in that.
If you’re rattled, frazzled and angry, go to bed.
You are at your most kind when you’re at your most rested.