Lastly, I say something to this effect to my clients all the time when I see how hard they are on themselves: Be nice to yourself. You deserve the peace of this holiday season as much as everyone else. You deserve the best.
Several years ago, however, I realized that each year the week after Christmas, this awful feeling came over me. I call it Christmas Regret. I got caught up in the hub-bub of it all. There was so much to do I lost sight of why I was doing it in the first place. After years of this experience, I took a step back and asked myself how I could shift this and make the holidays peaceful and more meaningful. Maybe you relate.
From that place of refection, I have changed the way I celebrate Christmas. I can’t control what other do, but I can make different choices for me. Now I enjoy a much more peaceful season and don’t feel wrung out and bitter after the whole thing is over, which I’m pretty sure meant I was doing it wrong. I feel a greater sense of freedom and enjoy the sense that I'm running my life, not my life running over me.
We’re in the thick of holiday season. Lists are being made, lights are being strung, and children are melting down at every Target you try to run through quickly. Christmas is a wonderful time of year. For some, it’s the best. I love Jesus, so celebrating his birth is special. That God came to earth as a man to demonstrate His love is amazing and good news.