How can I de-stress this Christmas?

Your Life
December, 2016

My family says I get cranky at Christmas — easy for them to say, since I do most of the work to make Christmas perfect. Is there a way for me to de-stress, while still having a great holiday?

God loves us so much that he decided not just to save us, but to do it by becoming one of us. Although we know that Jesus — God among us — is the reason for the season, it’s easy to get caught up in parties, gifts, greeting cards and baking. Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy a meaningful Christmas season:

• Ask family members what is most important to them about your family’s traditions. If your daughter thinks homemade cookies are a must, she is on for making them or helping you bake.

• Don’t overschedule yourself with entertaining and parties.

• Focus more on spending quality time together and less on gift-giving.

• Take a few minutes each day to pray; keep yourself centered on the meaning of the season and celebrate the birth of God among us.