STOP – Holiday Survival Tip #5

Christmas is finally here and on the morning of Christmas Eve many of us are making pies, baking hams, rushing to get those last minute gifts, running out to the store one last time because you forgot the green beans for the green bean casserole.  Yesterday I had 3 items I needed from the store and I ended up having to go to three different stores to find each!  It could have easily become a very frustrating afternoon, fighting traffic in and out of parking lots, standing in long check out lines and knowing I still had to make another stop, however it wasn’t frustrating or stressful.  I found myself smiling throughout and here is why… Everywhere I went there were reminders of the season, posters that said “Joy to the World”, “Faith, Hope & Love”, “Merry Christmas” and  “Happy Holidays”.  There were Christmas carols playing and beautiful decorations to be seen.  I stopped and took it all in.  I stopped and prayed.  I stopped… smiled and wished every store clerk a Merry Christmas.  Don’t let the stress and busyness of the holiday season rob you of the peace you can experience today… STOP!

Stop and enjoy the holiday music and decorations.  What other time of year do you get to see lights and holly strung up everywhere and happy nostalgic music playing?

Stop worrying about getting everything done perfectly and enjoy the process and time with your loved ones.  Let your kids make crazy imperfect sugar cookies, that’s a priceless memory both of you will cherish.

Stop worrying if your gift is enough or if you should have spent more, it really is the thought that counts.  There are so many out there that won’t be able to give or receive this holiday season, give thanks that you can.

Stop holding on to unforgiveness of that family member that you dread seeing every holiday season; the only one hurt by this is you.  It will deprive you of any joy you might have in spending time with your loved ones.

Stop reliving hurts and sorrows of Christmas’ past.  Acknowledge your hurts and push forward by creating new traditions, with new and joyful memories.  We cannot change our past.  However, discovering the joy around you by living in the moment today can make a great impact on your future. 

Stop and give thanks for all that you have been given, all that you have endured and all that you hope for in the coming year.

Christmas can be a beautiful time of year, if we allow ourselves a few moments to stop and reflect.

Michael and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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