During this season, it’s so easy, if not careful, to get caught up in lists, stressed out by circumstances, drained from more tasks than usual, or wearied by trying to create the perfect holiday.
Indeed there are certain expectations that come with the holidays. Granted it can be exhilarating seeing the lights and decorations; listening to Christmas carols; and planning special activities with and for family, friends, and co-workers. Commercial television, print media, store decorations all feed into the desire to make the holidays as near perfect as possible. Though the Norman Rockwell (younger readers may need to google him) picture of the idyllic Christmas is dramatically different from 21st Century living, the sentiments still exist.
Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting to create an atmosphere of peace, joy, beauty, harmony, and happiness for the Christmas holidays. Many of us want that, but that's not always the way the outcome. Life’s vicissitudes don't cease due to certain dates on the calendar. That’s why in the midst of this season we should try to maintain a healthy perspective and keep our priorities in order.
For the next few blogs, I hope to share some "Christmas" insights from individuals far wiser than me and even one or two I have actually learned on my own. Some blogs may bring smiles, others may provoke creative ideas, and a few may make you go hummmm. Whatever the case, I hope they will help us realize how blessed we are “because of” and “in spite of” where we are at this season of our own season...which in itself is a perspective worthy of prioritizing.
More to come...
Biblical Affirmation...for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. Philippians 4: 11-12 Common English Bible (CEB)