Less than one month from now, the Christian world celebrates the holy birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world. While that is definitely a big, no HUGE deal, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hurry and scurry of the season, thereby losing focus on the true Reason for the Season. Not that I would ever do that. Ahem.
I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be travelling, by donkey, while nine months pregnant. I’ve had six kids and personally, I can’t even think of getting up on the donkey, much less riding for miles. And to further attempt to comprehend delivering a precious baby in a stable! While the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus are tough to imagine, the simple beauty of the event was no doubt breath-taking. And to witness the glory of God in the form of a newborn baby? Extravagance. Unimaginably, gloriously miraculous.
We do know that there was no hotel manager, who upon hearing of the potential birth of a king in his facility, decided to Google ‘Christmas decor’ and order something new for the foyer. Neither did anyone keep their eyes peeled on Pinterest for the cutest gift idea or a fabulous new Christmas cookie recipe.
Oh, I love Google. And Pinterest. And as long as they have their place, we’re good. But in reflecting over the events and responsibilities occurring in the next few weeks, I decided to write myself a Sanity-Saving Holiday Happiness List. And of course, I love sharing ideas with you so here we go:
1. Keep the focus on giving, but not over-giving.
In other words, if it’s not in our budget, not feasible to accomplish in an appropriate amount of time, or is extreme in any manner other than pure generosity, it’s a “no.”
2. Avoid last-minute rushes for anything.
Make your lists, if you haven’t already, and keep it simple. If you can order online and save time and money, do that. If there is one store from where you plan to purchase multiple items, do it all in one trip.
3. Do not, do not, do not fail to spend individual time with God each day.
Isn’t it crazy to think that is such a temptation when we are preparing for the celebration of such a holy day? Yet, I know from experience, it’s easy to fill all the time with the things we consider “important” only to lose what’s most important.
4. Choose joy.
I’ve read this frequently lately and yet, somehow, I needed to remind myself again.
5. Get help.
My awesome friend, Karen Ehman, has a 5 Day Chaos to Calm Holiday Challenge going on. Her book, Let.It.Go- How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith is just flat out fabulous. (I gave a review last week.) The challenge is simply 5 days of emails designed to assist you in loving the holiday season instead of wishing it were over already. I’m headed over to sign up; how about you?
But before you go, won’t you share with us what you do to stay focused on the Glory of the starry night?