Keeping Your Joy This Christmas Season

In all of the excitement and buzz of the Christmas season, you might find yourself in an interesting predicament. Instead of being happy about all that is going on, you are over-stressed, over-budget, over-committed and worried about what the new year might bring. If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone. Trust me!

Try these tips to keep your spirits bright as we close out one year and enter a new one.

1.Lean on your faith.

As Christians, our number one reason for celebrating the Christmas season is the birth of Jesus Christ. Absent this, there is no celebration. Of course we enjoy the secular aspect of the Christmas season — the gift giving, the Christmas songs, the parties, joining together with family and friends, etc. But, it’s imperative to not get lost in all of that and to truly embrace your faith during this time. How could you not remain joyous when you think about the coming of Christ?

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

2. Remove the unnecessary from your schedule.

The Christmas season is an extremely busy time of year. There seems to be a party or program to attend every other day. This is especially true the closer we get to Christmas day. While it would be amazing if you could attend every event you’re invited to, sometimes your mind and body just need a break. And here’s the thing. There is no reason to feel bad about saying no. You have to look out for your wellbeing in the mix of all of the excitement. If you were out until 10 p.m. at a party last night and woke up at 5 a.m. for work this morning, there is absolutely nothing wrong with kindly declining the last-minute invite you received to a party tonight. Of course you’re going to attend any programs your child is a part of and probably your office party, but be strategic and look out for yourself as you make your event plans.

3. Create a budget and stick to it.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a giver. It’s a beautiful thing to want to share material items with those you love. You want to see smiles light up and those happy dances kids are so good at. I get it. The problem comes in when you extend yourself beyond your means creating financial worry and strain for yourself and your family. The way to solve this is to buy within a very strict budget. Set your target, and don’t go a penny over it. You will feel much better about your finances come December 26.

4. Connect more deeply with family and friends. 

We see one another’s posts on Facebook and Instagram every day, but there is something to be said for a face to face connection. It’s the facial expressions, the vocal inflections and just the warmth of being close to those you care about. Enjoy that experience this season.