Christmas is just so magical… until it’s not. crabby
Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your children, maybe it’s the store clerk, but someone… someday during this holiday season is going to turn CRANKY! crabby
We’re flying around in a flurry of Christmas activity, whether you’re determined to just survive the holiday season or make it the best ever. But our own sin and selfishness or our impatience with the sin and selfishness in others will steal our joy and make the kind of memories that are exactly the opposite of what you would verbalize you want your family to remember.
So, how can you cure the “crankies” when you feel them coming on? Here are 5 ideas to make sure you don’t have to spend Christmas with the Crankies:
- Build in some down time. Both you and the kids need some time to just “be.” Make sure that nap times (for parents too!) are available and keep bedtimes as consistent as possible. Don’t forget to have some days with nothing planned so everyone can relax and recharge.
- Shop online. Online shopping can be a genuine time and money saver! Many online retailers are offering free shipping (which to me makes it a no-brainer) and consider grocery stores that allow you to order online and even deliver the groceries to your door for a small fee. Worth.Every.Blessed.Penny.
- Prioritize worship. Lest we forget in all the shopping and baking and wrapping and event planning, Christmas is first and foremost to celebrate the coming of our beautiful Savior, Jesus. Worship happens in your church’s weekend worship services, but Christmastime is the perfect opportunity to worship as a family! You have Christmas songs/hymns and the Christmas story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Read the Scripture, act it out, make a craft, sing a few songs… you just did family worship!
- Keep sweets to a minimum. There is nothing worse than sugar overload. We feel sick, worn-down, and it make us susceptible to illness. Take a look at your calendar and identify events where you or the kids may over-indulge. Plan the rest of your week accordingly and remember to have yummy, seasonal fresh fruits and veggies on hand for munching all the way.
- Keep moving. We feel stress much more when we don’t have an outlet for exercise… kids and adults alike! Make sure you have time to move during this hectic season. Enjoy seasonal exercise like snow-shoeing or skiing, ice skating or sledding (you always have to climb back up the hill, right?!?). Or intentionally get in those steps with a walk around your indoor shopping mall or resurface the swim suits for the rec center indoor swimming pool.
How do you fight crankiness in your home during the holidays?crabby
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created and have their being.
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
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