5 Tips to decrease Christmas stress
5 Tips to decrease Christmas stress is something I follow myself. Christmas is a time of joy. It symbolizes the birth of Jesus Christ. However, Christmas is also the time when post people hit their all time high stress level and lose their shit! We see on the television where mommies are fighting over the latest and greatest new toy. Yesterday I saw a man in Home Goods very near a temper tantrum (like the 2-year old version) because the candelabra he wanted to get his wife sold before he could make it back to the store without her.
People max out their credit cards, they try to outdo what they did the year before, etc. You get the picture right? I myself have been guilty of some of these, (never the temper tantrum), but this year I made a decision early on that I was going to set boundaries, start early and above all else remember what Christmas is all about.
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. Mary, the virgin, gave birth to him. The Lord told Joseph that Mary was bear a King, Immanuel. When it came time for Jesus to be born there was no place for Mary and Joseph. Therefore, Jesus was born in a manager. Three wise men visited Mary and her child. They worshiped him and brought him one gift a piece, (3 gifts).
I love the book of Matthew, it really explains the story of Jesus’s birth and how Mary and Joseph felt. Nowhere in the bible does it say you have to max out your credit cards buying insane amounts of gifts. Nowhere in the bible does it say to stress over the wonderful Holiday. The nature of the beast is though, we do just that. We created this beast though.
5 Tips to decrease Christmas stress
- Read the bible, and remember what Christmas is about
- Teach your children the true meaning of Christmas
- Do not go broke buying presents. The wise men brought 3 gifts.
- Start early if you are making plans for a big party
- Create traditions that involves everyone
1. Read the bible, and remember what Christmas is about
The birth of Jesus Christ happened like this. When Mary was engaged to Joseph, just before their marriage, she was discovered to be pregnant—by the Holy Spirit. Whereupon Joseph, her future husband, who was a good man and did not want to see her disgraced, planned to break off the engagement quietly. But while he was turning the matter over in his mind an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife! What she has conceived is conceived through the Holy Spirit, and she will give birth to a son, whom you will call Jesus (‘the Saviour’) for it is he who will save his people from their sins.”
All this happened to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet—‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’. (“Immanuel” means “God with us.”)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was going to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said,
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah.
A ruler will come out of you.
He will rule my people Israel like a shepherd.’”
Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report it to me. Then I can go and worship him too.”
After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.
2. Teach your children the true meaning of Christmas
Read to them from the bible, or in your own words tell them the story of Jesus Christ; how he was born to a virgin mom, he was born in a cold manager and he was born a King.
3. Do not go broke buying Christmas presents
This is a tough one unless you start when your kids are young. But start anyway. The Wise Men brought Jesus Christ 3 gifts. Read that again. 3 gifts, not 30. I myself fail miserably at this one sometimes. I have heard other moms use a theory how they buy; 1 thing you need, 1 thing to read, 1 thing to wear, and 1 thing you want. To me that sounds like a perfect recipe!
4. Start Early
If you have a huge family or know that you will be having a huge holiday party or out of town guest, then start preparations early. I mean really early. Pick up gifts through out the year and keep a stash in your closet. Go ahead and plan a menu for that holiday party and create a grocery list and have your recipes printed and filed away. You know how young girls create a wedding binder? Well create a Christmas binder! Now this I have done and it works amazing. Include a calendar to follow with your paycheck dates. Write in what day you need to food shop, what day to mail cards, when to have presents wrapped by, etc.
Make a section in the binder for recipes, grocery list, a list of people you are buying for, and any other information regarding your holiday party.
5. Create traditions that involves everyone
It is no fun doing everything buy yourself. Enlist help! Do you have a stack of white boxes that need to be wrapped? Well get your whole house hold together and assign them task. You wrap the present, pass it off to the bow maker, and have someone put on the tags. Not only are you getting help but it is something you did together.
Do you like to make Christmas candy? This is the perfect time to gather everyone. Make it an entire Saturday of Christmas music, wrapping gifts and making Christmas candy! Reward everyone with homemade hot chocolate!
The moral of the post is…
Christmas is only as stressful as you make it. 5 tips to decrease Christmas stress is just the tip of the iceberg. I could keep going but then my post would be way too large. So look for another post in the near future for 5 more tips to decrease Christmas stress! Here is another blog I found which also has some great stress reducing tips.
The Christmas Story and the History is another great post I found . It includes fun activities, the story of Christmas in the bible and even some favorite Christmas songs.
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