The holiday season sends mixed messages. On the one hand, it tells us to be peaceful and joyful, to set aside time for spiritual reflection and to relax with family and friends. On the other hand, it is shouting that we need to get busy decorating, buying, baking, writing, attending, entertaining and otherwise “pulling off” the perfect celebration. It seems we are all running an invisible race from Thanksgiving through January second. Something’s gotta give.
The truth is, it is not our responsibility to “make” a Christmas merry. Admittedly, there are traditions we like to keep, foods we like to make, gifts we want to give, special events we want to attend, and so on. At the same time, we shouldn’t be wearing ourselves out.
Therefore, this year I have come up with a list of…
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Christmas remembers the birth of an unknown child to a poor family in rough circumstances. The joy of the season should be as simple as that.
What could you skip this year to enrich your holiday experience?