Christmas is fast approaching, but try to slow down. Before you know it, Christmas will be over.
Most of us live our lives in a hurry. We rush to finish school, hurry through meals, rush through the work week and rush to retirement. In the blink of an eye we have run through our lives. The clock can not be reset. The past is in the past and you can not change it yesterday. You can taste, rejoice or regret yesterday, but you can not change the past. Actually, you may not want to or you can modify some days if you could, but you can not.
If you could, you could have spent an extra hour at the lake or an additional day of vacation. You may have given an extra hour to spend the ball with your children or stay an extra hour to help mom clean the kitchen. He could retract some words that came out of his mouth in a moment of frustration. The scenarios are numerous when we look back.
We can only look forward.
Remove the focus by spending a lot of money. Consider drawing names if you have a large group that meets. Why try to buy for everyone? Some of the people you buy may be tied for cash. They may be able to buy one or two gifts on a limited budget, but they can not buy for ten or twenty people. Even if you are blessed with cash, consider others who want to give but are limited. Plan a way that everyone can enjoy.
Remove the focus from eating. Do you really want to start the New Year ten pounds heavier? Nobody needs five different types of cakes and pies. The more you have to eat in your refrigerator, the more you will eat. Do your loved ones need diabetes? Do not add to your problem. Prepare a good meal and make it as healthy as possible. However, take the time to enjoy what you did and try to enjoy it with people who are meaningful to you.
Try to focus on who and what Christmas is about. A humble family that gives birth to a baby in Bethlehem. Life was surely hectic and crazy for María and José. They made the trip to a small village to pay taxes, Maria had her baby Jesus and it was in a place where the animals were kept. The crib was a cattle trough. Life for them was surely full of stress. Soon they would leave Bethlehem because they feared for the life of their son. They certainly experienced fatigue and worry.
The old story says that the shepherds came to see the baby Jesus. The angels appeared in celebration of his birth. Wise men from the east came bringing you gifts. The baby was given a lot of attention. This season focuses on what and who is important before the season ends and take an extra moment to enjoy.