I don’t know about you, but the hustle and bustle during this time of year gets exhausting. Presents to buy, baking to do, parties to attend, countless events we don’t want to miss, Christmas cards to have made and sent in time . . . the list goes on and on. Finding peace and quiet during this time of year is hard to find.
I have a few challenges for you to consider this year to experience this:
(1) Plan! If there are certain things that you want to accomplish before Christmas, get your calendar out and reserve little bits of time where needed. Often, the to-do list feels insurmountable when it accumulates in our heads. What is important to you and your family? What can you do? What do you need to say “no” to? Look at your calendar and prioritize!
(2) Do you have a Christmas tradition that brings you family together in a regular basis? If not, I encourage you to create one! If you have not read the Jotham’s Journey Series, this is a great way to nightly quiet yourselves as a family and adventure along with this captivating story series. We have been reading the book God’s Names by Sally Michael and decorating glass ornaments to reflect each name we learn about. No matter the tradition, I encourage you to find one that encourages quiet, family together-time.
(3) For those who homeschool, lighten up the school workload. I have had too many years of baking with little patience because “we’ve gotta get it done and we have so little time.” The memories we were building were nothing short of poor and unpleasant. With a lighter workload, we have been able to take time in our day to do special things, building sweet memories that will last. There is always a way to sneak in a math concept, spelling word/rule, or grammar lesson into something festive we’re doing.
If nothing else, taking the month of December to play learning games of all kinds instead of doing the typical curriculum is a fun break!
(4) Bless your husband! I call it the 12 Nights of Christmas. For twelve consecutive nights, find a different way to bless your husband. This could be a candlelight dinner after you put the children to bed, a foot massage, a back rub a bottle of wine with cheese and crackers, a surprise date night out, a night to journal your dreams together, a list of all the reasons you love him– spoken aloud, and of course, several nights of intimacy! Get creative with this! Every time I have done this for my husband, our marriage has been strengthened in new ways. Bless him with this time of peace and quiet. It will fill him with such joy and gratitude.
(5) Share the gift of Christmas with others! It is easy to get so focused on our to-do lists that we forget to share the FREE Gift of Salvation with others. Ask God to open doors for you to share His message with others. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg is a beautiful book that clearly articulates this message to people of all ages in such a sweet way. Perhaps, create a gospel tract as a family to spread the truth! I found these by googling “Legend of the Candy Cane.”
Perhaps simply preparing something similar on a small sheet of paper and tying it to a candy cane would be a fun activity for your family to prepare and hand out. Be creative and daring, letting His light shine through you!