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'Christ' mas or 'Stress' mas?

Posted by livefreecounselling on December 10, 2011 at 12:35 AM

The Christian community traditionally remembers Jesus's birth as the true meaning of Christmas. Many others have said  that Christmas represents family, friends and even remembering the importance of giving to others.

But have any of us found a way to avoid the stress?! Everywhere we turn, we are reminded that we have to plan the menu and get the perfect recipes ready for the traditional tasty meals we remember eating every Chirstmas. Our parents did it so shouldn't we?

And what about all those presents we need to buy? How can we get something for her...and not him?!

And the tree, lights, decorations, carols? I admit that being in a setting that has all those wonderful elements nicely in place is great! But who is going to organise it?

Let's get back to basics, shall we? This is what a stress free Christmas holiday can look like...

  1. Make your gifts. Bake, craft or sew something special for those you love. Half of the joy is in the process. The other half is giving it.
  2. Potluck. Invite your family and friends to contribute some of their favourite dishes to the feast. Everybody gets to bless someone with their tasty dish.
  3. Invite your children to create unique decorations and put up the tree with you as a part of an enjoyable family tradition.
  4. Read the Christmas story from the bible together.
  5. Sing carols together and if anyone can play an instrument...ask them to play along with you.

Try out these alternative ways of spending your holidays and you may actually look forward to the next one!!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

 


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