Christmas Stressing You Out? Then You Are Doing It All Wrong.
Tis the season to be jolly but jolly is the farthest thing away from what I’m seeing on most people at Christmas. Someone obviously forgot to send them the memo.
In the commerce of things, many of us get caught up in the moment and feel that Christmas is all about shopping and buying gifts. We can’t find the right gift so we get stressed out as the day looms closer. No time to buy gifts, no time to wrap them, no time to plan the dinner…stress.
It doesn’t have to be so. Remember, we are celebrating Christ’s birthday. The best gift we can give him is probably slowing down and acknowledging him. But we are so busy we forget whose birthday it is.
While stopped at a light, I saw a man struggling to get a woman up on the median. She was down on all fours. Vehicles swerved to avoid her until one finally stopped. Before the light turned green, I saw him leave his vehicle. Good Samaritan. I would have done the same but I was boxed in the middle lane but would have pulled over further ahead if I didn’t see the Samaritan.
Isn’t that sad? We are so focused on our wrongly-placed sense of doing good that we miss the real chances of doing good. Helping that woman would have been a great gift.
Take a moment to watch this video. These kids are opening shoe boxes collected during the Shoe Box Drive. This is what Christmas is and should be all about.
So if you are stressed out about what to buy, what to cook and when to clean, stop. You are reading way too much into it. It’s the total opposite of what Christmas is supposed to be. Yes, it IS about spending. A lot of spending. Spending time with family and friends. Its hard to do that when you are running around like a chicken with its neck cut off.
Check out this video of some children in Burundi opening their shoeboxes. Note the excitement! Priceless!
Have a Merry Christmas and for Christ sakes, slow down!