Overwhelmed at Christmas time
Merry Christmas to you all.
Often what is supposed to be a time of joy and love turns out to be just the opposite. You are stressed out, pushed way past your comfort zone and walking in love seems like a joke. Christmas can come with a lot of high expectations and anxiety.
It's time to take a few deep breaths and breathe.
Take a moment to focus on the bigger picture. Set realistic expectations for yourself. The family may not be a typical movie family, but they are your family and you should try to deal with them the best way you can. Put aside any conflicts and disagreements you may have and let this be a time to build beautiful memories with your kids about Christmas and getting together.
Avoid the triggers that set you off. Don't let things get to you. Remember this is only for a day or two so relax - or at least try and enjoy the moments.
Ask God for supernatural strength to deal with the difficult people that you might have to deal with. Don't start any unnecessary conversations that would be best avoided.
Don't spend money you don't have. Really this will only add to your stress. It’s the thought that counts - well at least that's what it supposed to be. Today people have such high expectations of gifts. A gift comes from the heart no matter how big or small. Give from you heart not from your wish you had bank account.
Remember to enjoy the moments with your family and friends. Focus on gratitude and all that you should be thankful for.
I would like to wish you all a beautiful Christmas as you remember Christ's birth and his gift of life to us.
Merry Christmas everyone!