I feel like a lot of people I know stress out about to what to get each other for Christmas. They spend December frustrated and angry and stomping around or worse, sad and depressed because they can't find that one perfect item. What a privilege! Not everyone gets to stress over such things. Consider it pure joy to have the right to do so!
Bill's parents, aunt and uncle, and cousin got Bill and I a wonderful gift this past weekend called, The Little Book of Christmas Joys. It is a wonderful way to remind yourself what is important in life. I want to share a few reminders with you - excerpts from this book. I hope you take them to heart and bring the spirit of the season back into focus.
#9 Don't schedule yourself too tightly during the holidays. Before making an appointment, ask yourself, "Can this wait until after Christmas?"
#12 make an effort to attend every Christmas party you're invited to, even if you can stay only for a few minutes.
#77 Call a nursing home and get names of five people who don't often receive mail. Send each one a beautiful Christmas card. Sign it, "from santa."
#159 If your parents live far away, videotape your family trimming the tree and decorating your home and send it to them to enjoy Christmas Day.
#227 Open Christmas Cards as a family activity each night at the dinner table. Read the messages aloud.
#281 Once or twice take a different route home from work and enjoy the decorations in another neighborhood.
Don't worry so much about presents and wrapping. Focus on people, quality time and love.
Be encouraged friends. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!