I have been listening to Christmas music. It’s one of my favorite things about this season. Many of my favorite songs sing about peace. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Do You Hear What I Hear, The Little Drummer Boy, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. The words Peace on Earth ring throughout these songs. And yet, when I look around Christmas doesn’t look peaceful to me. It looks more like Black Friday shoppers fighting over a cheap TV.
It also means spending time with family – for better or for worse depending on the situation.
As we approach these last few days before Christmas, here are a few ideas on ways to add peace to your Christmas.
- Set apart some personal time. Instead of always being with extended family and friends, set aside an afternoon or evening or a weekend to have a low key no pressure schedule.
- Set appropriate boundaries. I know this is easier said than done. But say no, when you need to say no. Be purposeful in what conversations you engage in over the Christmas dinner table.
- Set realistic expectations. For yourself. For your kids. For your family. Check out this post if you need some ideas!
- Breathe! No matter what. Be sure to keep taking deep breaths!
From all of us at Teen Life, we wish you a peace-filled, joyful, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!