“…Happiness and cheer…fun for all the children call…there favorite time of year!”
Okay, so Christmas time is not here yet (I just can’t seem to get this song out of my head). But only in a couple of weeks will Christmas music make a return in my home, and you can bet you’ll start hearing it at a shopping center near you! So let’s just embrace it!
I am kind of dieing for the season to start, because as most people know I am somewhat obsessed with it. A lot of people loathe the season for reasons such as, awkward or dysfunctional family gatherings, spending money they don’t have, commercialism of the season, and just plain happiness and cheer can be irritating. And I can relate to some of these issues. I just refuse to let them ruin a lovely time of year.
So here is a little preparation list of ways to avoid the Christmas season joy-killers I have mentioned above:
1) Awkward or dysfunctional family gatherings: No family is perfect. And you probably think your family takes the cake. It doesn’t. Rule number one, a holiday family gathering is never the time to bring up every past or present hurt and difficulty. Hash it out on another day. If someone says something that makes your blood boil, that is a perfect time to excuse yourself to the bathroom and cool off. Let stupid comments roll off your back. Keep it light and try to stay positive.
2) Spending money you don’t have: Don’t do it. Instead of buying for everyone on your list, bake or knit for them. Hate baking and don’t know how to knit? Tell them it’s a tough year and you would like to just spend time with them instead. We are all adults and most of us don’t expect gifts from every friend and family member. If they are your true friends and family they will more than just understand! Christmas is not worth going broke over.
3) Commercialism: Dont let it get to ya and start your shopping early. The last few years (including this one) I have started Christmas shopping in September or October. I have found that in doing so I am not being persuaded by this or that Christmas stand, I am actually thinking of the person I am buying for. I have time to get them something I know they would like, instead of getting them whatever I can find because I am running out of time. This makes the enjoyment of buying a loved one a gift so much more what it is intended to be about. Don’t buy gifts because you feel you have to…buy them out of love for the person receiving them. Commercialism is a state of mind, and you choose to either be a part of it, or not.
4) Happiness and Cheer: If you are easily bothered by festively cheerful people, then stop it. Get over yourself! Unless Christmas time marks the anniversary of a loved ones death or you are going through some sort of specific type of suffering, you have no reason to be irritated by other’s joy and excitement. People are happy, and you should be too. Count your blessings and give in to the fun. You know you want to.
Christmas time is about an Almighty God humbling Himself so much so that He would make Himself a baby in order to redeem a dying world. Don’t forget that. Make that the reason for everything you do. So when you hear O Holy Night over-sung by Mariah Carey at the mall on November first, don’t utter “here we go” under your breath with a role of your eyes. Think of the words in these songs and worship Him.
He is worth you trying to overcome your issues with the season. It is about Him. Don’t forget that!