For me, Christmas starts around August. My daughter tries out for the Nutcracker, and I begin to hear the music over and over and over and over and over. This year she is teaching a few classes for 3 and 4-year-olds. So Michael Buble Christmas, The Polar Express and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas music are now my new friends.
I thought now would be a good time to review my survival guide to the Holidays. So here goes.
Have an attitude of gratitude.
It is better to give than receive.
Traffic is a test of your patience.
Amazon is your best friend.
You don't have to eat everything you see.
Celebrate the holidays, but don't forget to worship Jesus.
Invite a lot of somebodies to church.
Most Christmas music sounds awful, so create your own playlist.
Hospitality is a gift from God, use it. But don't demand perfection from yourself.
Traditions are a beautiful thing if you can remember why you do them.
Here is a challenge for you this holiday season. What are you going to do different this year that will make Christmas better for you and/or your family?
PRAY: Dear Jesus, Russ has me thinking ahead about the holidays. What would You like for me to do this year? AMEN