Pastor Ken shared this Christmas eve and reflected on the busyness and consumerism that often surrounds the holiday season. He notes that this can lead to issues such as perfectionism, overcommitting, financial strain, and neglecting self-care. Additionally, the busyness can cause churches to compete with one another and try to outdo each other's holiday celebrations. However, this goes against the humble, peaceful spirit of the Christmas season and the birth of Jesus. This season focus on the simple, humble surroundings of Jesus' birth.
Here are some other ideas that can help not just for Christmas but in life:
Set boundaries with your time and commitments. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but it's important to make time for self-care and relaxation. This might mean saying no to certain invitations or events, or setting limits on how much you're willing to do. By setting boundaries and prioritizing your own well-being, you can help to reduce stress and create a more peaceful holiday season.
Practice mindfulness and gratitude. Taking a few minutes each day to focus on the present moment and appreciate what you have can help to ground you and bring a sense of calm. This might involve activities like meditation, journaling, or simply taking a few deep breaths. Focusing on gratitude can also help to shift your perspective and reduce stress, as you take time to appreciate the good things in your life.
Plan ahead and get organized. The holiday season can be overwhelming, especially if you're trying to juggle multiple events and tasks. To reduce stress, try to plan ahead and get organized as much as possible. This might involve creating to-do lists, setting aside specific times for tasks, and delegating tasks to others. By being proactive and organized, you can help to eliminate last-minute rush and feel more in control of your schedule.