Earlier in the day, I watched as two gaggles of geese flew over the yard. Honking as they went, one gaggle continued northward and the other southbound. This stumped me on this lovely fall day. It appeared that those geese weren’t sure if they should be coming or going.
Do you ever feel that way? In the hustle and bustle of the quickly approaching holiday season, it is easy to wonder if we are coming or going. Be careful not to allow yourself to fall in that harried trap. There may be a lot of cooking, cleaning, shopping, gift wrapping, traveling, parties, and obligations that can become burdensome and exhausting. Remember why you have all these tasks, and maybe ask yourself a few questions along the way.
- Do I have to do everything, or can my husband and children help?
- Are there any family, work, or social gatherings that can be attended every other year instead of every year?
- How can I make the holidays more enjoyable and less stressful for myself and my family?
Oftentimes, my biggest stresser is holding unrealistically high expectations.. When I can relax those expectations, the holidays are more enjoyable for me as well as for my family. Maybe you share the same problem.
Most important is staying focused on the purpose of these holidays, and that is evident in their names:
THANKSgiving, CHRISTmas, NEW Year.
When you find yourself wondering if you are coming or going, Stop! Give thanks, reflect on Christ, and anticipate memory making in the New Year.