Lindi here! Hello—and hello Christmas! Wow-it’s almost here-the most wonderful time of the year. Before I get into my topic for today, I want to congratulate kda61! You have won the copy of A Noble Masquerade! My email is authorlindip at gmail dot com. Please email me your snail mail address and I will have that mailed to you. Thank you!!
Confession time: I used to be a Grinch. But I wasn’t stealing other peoples joy, I was only stealing my own. Once Thanksgiving was here I would get in a funk–like this black cloud would hover and follow until December 26th–what was really happening is that I was creating my own black cloud–it was a cloud filled with stress-hurrying–shopping–and all the things Christmas is NOT about. Yes, that was me.
One year, my husband and I didn’t put up a tree–I thought that would relieve some of my stress. You know, not having to worry about getting it decorated–dragging down all the boxes–a whole afternoon, wasted if you will, by decorating the tree. What happened was this—not having a tree added a level of depression to my already awkward, unChristmas situation.
A few years ago I realized I was my own Christmas problem. I was the one causing all my stress. I had already roped my husband into doing the shopping with me, but instead of hitting the malls, we decided to go to a small mountain town about 45 minutes north of where we live. Blue Ridge, Georgia has many amazing quaint shops–antique shops as well as stores that sell new and shiny things. We spend the day there, have lunch, shop and end the day at the coffee shop–with a great coffee and 1 huge cookie split down the middle. It turned the dread of shopping into a fun day. We don’t always find everything we need, but we do manage to get most of the shopping done. And the gifts are unique–not what one would find everywhere. We found this moose nativity set for my mom. She loves it!
We still have a trip or two to a couple of big box stores, but we go late at night, when they aren’t as crowded. So every year now, we look forward to that 1st or 2nd Saturday in December when we go shopping.
I also have a tradition of making white chocolate covered pretzels for the gals at work and the gals at Bible study. Each year I try to find a special, fun way to package them. This year I bought blue, white and silver muffin cups and pretty ribbon and tissue paper. They will be pretty! Making the pretzels is easy and fun since I’m not the best baker in the world! It takes the stress off of “What do I give….” Everyone loves them and looks forward to them each year.
I even have a couple of gals that don’t work with us any more, and I actually mailed pretzels last year to one of them. :)
While these tangible things we’ve done are great, and make the Christmas season fun, the real reason for my attitude adjustment was focusing on the reason for Christmas. Jesus. Once my mind shifted into keeping Jesus above all–not only at Christmas, but all year long–everything changed. You see it was a heart change–one that only Jesus can make.
My two favorite words at Christmas time are Jesus and relax. Christmas day will come and go no matter where we are, so enjoy this time!
And speaking of words, my January post will be about my WOTY–Word of the Year–be thinking on yours!
To spread the Christmas Joy, I’m giving away a copy of Chris Tomlin’s new Christmas CD-Adore! You have until midnight PST tonight to comment on this post. The winner will be contacted tomorrow so the CD can be sent and listened to before Christmas!