Here we are about to go into the busy season. Thanksgiving, Christmas (or Hanukkah, Kwanza etc…) followed by New Years and the resolutions we feel obligated to make.
We are supposed to feel joyful and at peace with our families and the gift-giving season. Often times easier said than done, our lives become anything at all but peaceful. Money may be tight yet we want little Johnny to get that cool, new ______ (fill in the blank) that he wants. If your children are older you still want to gift them with something amazing and now often have to also remember to buy a gift for the boyfriend or girlfriend of your child, especially if he or she is spending the Holiday with your family. How do you politely explain the sleeping arrangements? Is church mandatory for the non-family member? There are so many ramifications to consider.
And the cooking. Do you make your cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies from scratch? I do. I want to put my years as a Certified Health Coach to good use, and honestly, then I am more aware of the quality of the ingredients. To complicate matters, we have a range of eaters from vegetarian (yes I make a Tofurky too and two kinds of gravy) to ketogenic, to high protein. Thankfully, my husband eats whatever is put before him. Kudos and a shout out to this man.
As we approach this season of good tidings and peace, let’s remember to grab a piece of peace along with that pumpkin pie. Here are my bullet points that should help things run smoothly and effortlessly (OK, well maybe effortlessly is a stretch)
- Delegate some of the chores and cooking assignments to others.
- Be honest with your husband when you want help. Most will surprise you and really want to be included.
- Budget earlier in the year for Holiday expenses. Christmas should not be an excuse to service the credit card companies with your poor decisions.
- Even though it may be the last thing on your mind as the days get colder and shorter, get outside for as little as 10 minutes or as long as you can afford. You won’t regret the sun and air on your face.
- Be in the word. Take a moment to reflect on a couple of your favorite Bible verses. Here are a few about hope and peace.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Colossians 3:13 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.