Technically it's not the Christmas season yet, but yesterday I found myself thinking about all the things I need to do before Christmas gets here, & I suddenly realized that I was starting to feel a bit of stress. Just a bit. It occurred to me that if I'm starting to feel a bit of stress, others are probably starting to feel it too.
When we become stressed, we lose our peace ... & when we lose our peace, we lose our joy. We often find ourselves focusing on what we have determined to be the season's "Things That Need to Be Done" ... cleaning the house, buying the food, cooking the food, baking the cookies, decorating the tree, decorating the house, buying/making the gifts, wrapping the gifts, writing & mailing the cards, mailing the gifts that need to be mailed, hosting guests (maybe even housing them), visiting family & friends, attending church or school programs, going to seasonal parties, volunteering, etc. We find ourselves over working, over committing, & over spending.
How can we have peace & joy during the Christmas season? Focus on the true meaning of Christmas. God's Son. He was born in a simple manger. He lived a simple life. Simplicity brings peace & joy. When you complicate things, as we so often do during the Christmas season as well as during the rest of the year, we block that peace & joy.
I wish you all a blessed & simple week ... & blessed & simple weeks ... ahead.