Feeling wiped out by the holiday frenzy already?

It’s just getting started.

Holiday commercials since Halloween, crowds raging and carols blasting in every store, schedules becoming more packed every day – no wonder we’re feeling the crunch.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Sure, if you cooked, visited, traveled, or shopped yesterday on Thanksgiving, it makes sense that you’re tired.

But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to constantly feel frazzled and exhausted for the next 40 days, from now until the first of the year.

Begin to create a holiday season of more comfort and joy – and way less stress – by resting a bit today. And reflecting on the fact that it doesn’t *have* to be a nonstop season of overdoing, overeating and overspending.

As a church musician, I’ve long been familiar with the joke about the seven words of church management: that’s the way we’ve always done it. (You counted, didn’t you?)

If “that’s the way we’ve always done it” has been your guiding principle for the holiday, guess what?

This year can be different.

You don’t have to launch any huge changes this minute, especially if you’re in a bit of a carb hangover from having leftover pie for breakfast.

But do spend a few minutes this weekend imagining what a holiday season of more comfort and joy – and less stress – might look and feel like.

While you’re enjoying the rest of the pie.



Images: Pixabay; used with permission

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