Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A prescription for the reduction of holiday stress and a few random Christmas thoughts induced by staring at a lit tree….

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We’ve all done it. And if you haven’t, you need to. What comes to your mind when you release distractions and just stare at the lights of your Christmas tree?

Here are a few of my random thoughts ~

My favorite Christmas movie of all time is White Christmas. Who couldn’t love Bing? One of these Christmases, I’m going to sew for myself a red silk dress with white fur trim and wear it to church. What do you think the reaction would be? 😊 What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Eggnog is disgusting (but I’ve never cared for eggs). Are those fighting words for some of you? 🙂 I like the idea of a holiday drink, but when I think of slimy, stringy eggs in a beverage? Yuck.

But homemade treats are the best. Throughout the year, not all of our treats are homemade. I write books. I homeschool six children. The reality is that there just isn’t always time. But there’s something about treats made together with the children at Christmas that make them extra special. Dipped pretzels…reindeer cookies…Buckeyes. Hungry yet?

Christmas novellas are a terrific way to fit in reading. We don’t have a ton of time for reading at Christmas, but there’s something extra-special about escaping into a Christmas story. In fact, I love Christmas novellas so much that I wrote one. 😊

A Christmas Eve candlelight service is a highly-sensitive introvert’s dream service. A hush in the sanctuary. Quiet, reverent singing. Low lighting. This nurtures me and brings me closer to God than any rambunctious, loud, hands-waving-wildly service. Ever. It is the highlight of the Christmas season.

The old Christmas carols tell the story of salvation. How neat is that? The encouragement to keep believing and keep striving in a barren and evil world is a common theme. Grab a hymnal or search online and read all the verses of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen or It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

So, here’s my prescription for the reduction of holiday stress. Do this exercise as often as necessary.
  1. Prepare a warm drink, preferably in a favorite Christmas mug.
  2. Snuggle on the sofa with human beings or a fuzzy blanket or a pet. Must be fuzzy.
  3. Sip the drink slowly, letting the warmth trickle throughout. Read a little bit of a good book. Read Luke 2.
  4. Stare at the lit Christmas tree, letting the lights go out of focus. Push away all the distractions and the stresses of the day/week/month.
  5. Think happy and grateful thoughts. Focus on the incredibleness of God sending His son, the Christ child, for us. Be sure to count your blessings.
Merry Christmas!

What comes to your mind when you stare at a lit Christmas tree? 😊

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  1. Good morning Meghan. I agree with you about Egg Nog. My parents would buy the non-alcoholic kind when we were kids. I actually loved it as a kid but one time I got sick from it and I never drank it again. It's just too sweet and its like drinking sweetened condensed milk!
    Anyhoo, I have three faves abd in order they are 1. It's a Wonderful Life 2. White Christmas 3. Muppet Christmas Carol

    Now I will say that I have favorite adaptations of A Christmas Carol too and my favorite would be Alister Sims and that version was made way before our time. Merry Christmas!

    1. Regina, I love Muppet Christmas Carol! Great choices!

  2. Meghan, The thought that we can get "closer" to God is a strange one to me. I know that verse that says we are to draw near to God, but as you know, the verse does not say to draw "nearer" because that would evoke comparison, and we are not to compare ourselves among ourselves, so how does one ever know if they are "closer" to God than someone else, or even than they, themselves, were moments prior? Does that make sense?

    1. Debbie, are you married? Have you grown closer to your husband over the years? Grown closer to a friend or another relative? It is the same with God. A growing relationship with Him through prayer, studying His Word, spending time with other believers, will grow our relationship with Him. Of course, we ought not compare ourselves with other Christians. I compare myself with what I once was.


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