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By   •   December 17, 2013   •   Topics: , ,

Q:

I'm already depressed about Christmas. Last year, we resolved not to spend as much money or get so busy, but I can already tell that it's not going to happen. How we can make Christmas what it ought to be, instead of this rat race?


A:

I suspect countless readers feel exactly like you do; the holiday season has become so busy and so commercialized that we hardly have time to stop and think about its true meaning.

But it shouldn’t be this way, nor does it need to be. You can still take steps to make this Christmas a less stressful and more spiritual time. Let me suggest three words that might help you. First, simplify. Make a list of all the things you have to do between now and Christmas, then cut out everything you possibly can. Not everything is important or necessary; do what you can to simplify your life.

Then plan. Many of us frantically jump from one thing to another around Christmas, simply because we haven’t planned ahead. But even a little planning can add hours to your day. And don’t feel you have to carry the whole load; get your family to help with projects.

Most of all, focus; that is, deliberately take time every day to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Read together from the Bible’s account of Jesus’ birth, and thank God for sending His Son into the world for our salvation. Especially help your children discover the wonder of God’s love for us. The Bible says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

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  1. Donna L. Miller says:

    Thanks so much for the words of advice and reminding us that Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus. God Bless.

  2. ambyn says:

    Realistically, it’s hard to avoid the commercial aspect of Christmas especially when you’re out in the workforce actively. If you are an employer or have a high position at work, employees think you’re loaded, and they start asking you for Christmas “donations”. It’s stressful because it’s an added expense to an already expensive holiday season. Employees also expect you to give them something because you’re the boss or the manager. What I do is give something, not a lot and not expensive – just to shut them up. The other alternative is to just say “no”. However, some people are thick that they keep asking. Give them a few dollars, just say no, or try your best to avoid them. Maybe then, they’d take the hint.

  3. Avis Owens says:

    At Christmas it is easy to get overwhelmed and depressed. It helps to take time to relax and pray and praise the Lord for little blessings , sing some carols, bake some cookies and get some rest.

  4. Jack woltz says:

    To those who are DEPRESSED, We must read the bible and BELIEVE, The LIFE OF CHRIST IS OUR EXAMPLE, Every Person this earth HAS PROBLEMS, Some we cannot change, Struggling is part of life, JESUS TELLS US HOW TO GET THROUGH, I have had many sorrows my self, But I fought back all the EVIL, That was bestowed to me that was not good, Many things Happen to us that are even our fault, We are in a race between GOOD and EVAL, We must not falter, There are times when it is not our fault, JESUS SAID HE WILL GIVE US STRENGTH TO GET THROUGHT, what ever circumstances we are in, He said he would carry our burdens, SO we must accept him as our SAIVOR, And believe, what he did on the cross for us, Then our life will succeed in all things, FAITH, LOVE, HOPE , And PEACE will see us HOME, GOD BLESS ALL, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.

  5. Diane Adelstone says:

    I think the first thing to do about the rat race is to march the devil out of Christmas. My husband and I have elected not to have commercial Christmases in order to have more peace of mind financially. We remind ourselves that we can buy everything we need all through the year, and besides that, we are not celebrating our birthdays anyhow! We have given Christmas back to Christ and enjoy decorating our home, displaying manger scenes in our home, enjoying good food, good Christmas music and Christian Christmas parties and church programs. We have gotten out of our own way and we enjoy Christmas like we never have before!

  6. emily zahir says:

    I feel that chritmas shd be celebrated wuth all our heart and soul. i pray that the Holy Jesus takes birth in my heart and i make my soul His abode. pl pray for me. emily

  7. Dana E. Plummer says:

    Praise The Lord Jesus Christ for who He is everyday first thing in the morning until Christmas and beyond.
    Jesus takes the stress as I rest in Him.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Amanda says:

    Amen, I agree. Who says you have to wear yourself out and blow your budget? Jesus sure didn’t and neither did our Heavenly Father-do what He says, and do what He does-ONLY

  9. Winona Goertzen says:

    We lost our daughter, Aimee, 2 days before her 31st birthday. When you lose a child it gives you a different perspective on life and what really matters. When it comes right down to it the only things that truly matter is a persons salvation and physical health. Everything else is way down low on the ladder. I praise God that we know our Aimee is in heaven.
    The Christmas season should be a time of reflecting on the precious gift of Jesus Christ our God has given us and that trumps everything. It should be a time of great joy and drawing so close to Jesus that you just feel his love and care for you stronger than ever.
    It truly saddens my heart when I am aware that folks aren’t Christians or if they are not taking their relationship serious. Christmas seems to be a time that brings that out In folks. We need to pray that God will help us with what truly matters and weed out the trivial. Even if its having the wrong last name on your 50 Christmas cards that you ordered from Costco.
    Simplify, plan, and focus are all excellent suggestions. We just need to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

  10. Margie says:

    I work in a retail store part-time and it is definitely hard at times to remember the real reason for Christmas. God Bless you and your father on the many years of ministry. I do try and read the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve as a way of remembering what the season is all about.