It’s only a few more days until Christmas. Are you ready? Christmas feast all planned? Gifts purchased and wrapped? How about the Christmas decorations? Are you hearing Christmas carols in your sleep? Is your to-do list growing?
Here are a few lessons how to do Christmas your way, make memories, and create traditions.
Lesson #1 – You Can’t do it all!
I know that isn’t what you been told your whole life. Times are different and it is time to delegate. Delegate even if it isn’t done as you would do it. Less on the to-do list makes a happier you. Give to others not only gifts but expectations and responsibilities.
The Little Red Hen, by Golden Books, is an old folk story about the Little Red Hen who tried to get a pig, a cat and a frog to help make bread. At every step, they refused to help until the bread was done. The Hen employed wisdom from the bible when the pig, the cat and frog wanted to eat the bread.
The NLTB 2 Thessalonians 3:10b says, “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” The very clever Little Red Hen didn’t feed those who would not help. It is a great lesson to teach your family – the virtue of work ethic and personal initiative especially in this season that is often fraught with consumption.
Lesson #2 – You don’t do things the way your mom did
Your mom didn’t think you would do everything just like her either but eventually, she learned to trust you. Give the next generation opportunities to learn your holiday traditions like cleaning the house for Jesus’ birthday, being pleasant to seventy-nine-year-old Auntie Nellie (even when she takes her teeth out), or taking turns entertaining the rowdy, younger cousins.
We are not born knowing our traditions. They are taught and then caught by the next generation. Traditions can be wonderfully fluid to fit your family’s needs.
Lesson #3 Your Feast Is Only Momentary
The same meal you planned, cooked, and fretted with for hours . . . your family will lickety-split devour. Soon you’ll be left with the turkey carcass and empty bowls. In all corners of your home, their happy selves will be stuffed with the Christmas feast and enjoying their new gifts.
Even if Christmas is the only time you cook a huge meal, and you don’t cook the rest of the year, keep it simple. Invite everyone into the planning and the kitchen during Christmas.
Your family and friends cherish times with you more than your blue-ribbon-homemade biscuits. Store bought buns are quite delicious.
Lesson #4 Make Memories
Slow down. Take time to make memories. Make the most of today and put away your list. Spending time with those you love and need is worth more than gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Christmas isn’t about meals, gifts, events or shopping. It is the one time of the year; the whole world slows down and shares in the celebration of the baby Jesus. Wouldn’t it be grand if we all lived like Christmas, experiencing the peace, joy and love of the Savior, every day of the year?
I have more lessons to reveal but I am taking my own advice and keeping it simple. May you be blessed with love, peace and joy!
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