Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus. If you find yourself stuck in the kitchen and unable to enjoy the holiday, rethink the whole plan.
First, make a list of the parties you intend to hold. Now eliminate at least 50% of them.
Then, decide how many events can be downsized. You know, coffee and dessert instead of full turkey/stuffing dos.
Now plan simple menus for your main gatherings. Will potluck work for some of them?
This is not the time to try new recipes. Stick with tried and true favorites. Shop early for the items you need. Make sure you have storage space for them. Then all you have to do is enjoy the birth of the Christ Child. After all, Christmas is really all about the Baby Jesus, isn’t it!
A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. (Proverbs 13:7, MSG)
Prayer- Dear Father God, help us be mindful of what really matters this season. Amen.
The shopper stopped and stared at the aisle of Christmas decorations. Then I heard her cry out “No! Not again!” And I listened while she repeated the same words, this time with a moan.
What horrors triggered this response? Was it over commitment, excessive expectations, a rude clerk or a charge card yet unpaid from the last Christmas? Nope. She saw the first Christmas decorations of the season.
It’s still early enough to make wise decisions about how we’ll celebrate Christmas this year.
If it is stressful, why not fix it? Let’s cut out the crazy. Simplify our plans. Figure out stress-less ways to save money and tame social schedules. Let’s take angel advice from the first Christmas and go right for the joy.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. (Luke 2:10, NIV)
Christmas? “No! Not again?” Yes, again…and again… and again, or at least until the Lord Jesus returns.
Prayer- Thank you, Lord, for giving us the common sense to celebrate what really counts–Jesus. Amen.