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Seven Christmas Week Hacks (how to stay sane at Christmas)

December 20, 2016

 

Seven Christmas Week Hacks

So it is Christmas week!  Here are some practical Christmas Hacks to help you navigate the hustle and bustle of the next five days!

  1. Slow it down Don’t fly through things. Think of Christmas like a great steak and not a bad hamburger.  Savor every bite.  Christmas is way too special to just gulp it down.
  2. Build in worship The more Christmas themed worship services you can attend, the better you will be connected with the reason for the season. Make family traditions around worship attendance on Christmas Eve or other special services and you will create a generational legacy of worship in your family!
  3. Tell family stories Make sure there is time to remember those no longer at the Christmas table. Celebrate their lives and their contributions to your life.  Tell funny stories and laugh!
  4. Share the Christmas story BEFORE you open gifts Anything special you think you are going to do after gifts are opened isn’t going to happen. Read the Christmas story before the gift exchange.  Link what you are about to do with God’s gift of Christ Jesus.
  5. Offer grace at Christmas Dinner Have people put their phones away and actually have a formal Christmas Grace. Do it old school.  Hold hands.  Don’t have a child do this one.  Whoever the spiritual leader of your family happens to be, they should take the honor.  And don’t make the prayer too long.  I really like, “Almighty God, you have blessed us so much…and we are grateful.  Amen!”
  6. Treat people really well Regardless of who joins you for your Christmas celebration or the dynamics of their story, treat them really well. Remember that you don’t have to approve of every aspect of a person’s life to make them feel welcome and show them love.
  7. Delete drama Drama feeds off of drama. If you have someone running for Christmas Drama King or Queen this year, just don’t pay any attention to them.  Drama quickly dies for lack of fuel.  Fuel it and it will burn the whole house down.

Merry Christmas Dear Friends.

Put Jesus first, choose love and forgiveness; hold it steady.

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairvew Heights, Illinois since 1997.

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