Christmas can be a really lonely season for so many of us. We may be far away from family and unable to handle the travel. We may be single and feeling left out. We may be estranged from family or friends. Let’s look at some ways to bring the joy of the season into our lives.
Pacing yourself and listening to your body is a must. Pushing yourself will just put you in a flare and steal your joy. So, let’s start by making a weekly list of what you want to accomplish. Put a star next to the most important three on the list. Do those first. That way if everything is not accomplished, you know you will have finished the most important ones. This will be different for everyone, especially those with young children. Be sure to let the kiddos help.
To party or not to party, that is the question. If it’s an important party that you feel you must attend, go and enjoy it for about 30-60 minutes and then leave. You can socialize without burning yourself out. But if you are unable to attend, there’s no need to feel guilty.
Christmas dinner doesn’t have to mean you slave in the kitchen to the point that you are unable to enjoy your guests/family. Why not do it buffet style and ask others to bring something? That can be more fun, more relaxing, and take a whole lot of stress off you, leaving you to enjoy the day.
Shopping — the dreaded deed of Christmas. Just the thought can put you in a flare. I put a $ limit on everyone I buy for. I start in August and purchase a few things each month online. If your funds are really limited, you can make coupon books, put together small photo albums, write a letter expressing your love, gather some great photos and have a personalized calendar made. (I would love to hear your ideas.)
Trees and decorations. Since I’ve been ill, my decorations are fewer and limited to the ones I really love. My husband and I get a real tree. I help with the lights, but often I’ll sit and put hooks on the ornaments while he hangs them on the tree. If you’re not married, invite a friend for hot chocolate, music and tree decorating. I love the smells of Christmas, so I put some fir and cinnamon essential oils in my diffuser. You also can put some water in a pot on low on your stove, or a Crockpot and add some cinnamon, cloves, a few drops of essential oil, orange or apple slices, etc.
I love singing Christmas carols and eating Christmas cookies. It was a tradition as we were growing up. If you’re able, join in your neighborhood caroling or get a few people together and sing a few songs at a senior center. Think of ways you can bring joy to others this special season.
Spend some time worshiping the Savior whose birth we celebrate: Candlelight services on Christmas Eve, putting up a crèche, or just thanking Him for coming to earth to be born as a babe in a stable.
Share some things you do to make this season special and memorable.
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