The Christmas Challenge ~ Don’t Be a Scrooge

The December frenzy

The December frenzy

You may have noticed my lack of posting this month.  Just as with everyone else, December gets busy, so to maintain my peace during the holidays, I must carefully manage my time.  Unfortunately, that has meant infrequent blogging.

There is another reason for my lack of posting, though.  I often get disillusioned by what Christmas has become, so the days leading up to Christmas can start feeling like more of a challenge than a delight, for a number of reasons:

shopping, bargains, busyness, parties, wrapping, decorating, mailing, cards, cooking, planning, appointments, commitments, deadlines, to-do lists, activities, expectations, programs, productions, traveling,…….STRESS!

My struggle is in not allowing these reasons steal the simplicity of celebrating Christ’s birth.  Otherwise, I lose my joy and teeter toward apathy toward the season overall. 

I start looking and acting like a Scrooge.  Shocking, I know!

Deep down, I am not a Scrooge, though.  I absolutely love the true purpose of Christmas.  But somewhere along the way, the blessedness of the season has diminished.  My challenge (and I doubt that I am alone) is to avoid the trappings that steal the joy found in the Christ of Christmas.

The secret is in finding every way possible to get off the Christmas-frenzy train and stay in the peace-filled presence of the King who was born in a manger.

I wish that it were easy.  Since I am a Martha, though, it is always a struggle.  The enemy makes sure of that.  Yet there are ways to practice the simple wonder of the Savior’s birth.

In the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I will share some things I have found beneficial.  I would also love to hear stories from you, of ways you keep the focus on Christ during the holidays.

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Luke 2:12

Sue Nash/2013

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9 thoughts on “The Christmas Challenge ~ Don’t Be a Scrooge

  1. Jane Bridges

    Thanks for COMING BACK!!! Great Thoughts and I agree!!! I have a hard time with the way commercialism of Christmas now. Actuall I love Thanksgiving better now. It is the way Christmas should be too. Getting together with loved ones and having a great meal together, watching TV and falling asleep on the couch while watching, playing games and just TALKING to each other and sharing time together. Yes, I have a problem with ALL that you have listed too. May MORE people put Christ BACK into Christmas and LESS of the rest of the stuff that is NOT very Christ like. Have a BLESSED day, Sue and thanks again for posting again. You ARE missed when you are not here. 🙂

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  2. Heidi Viars

    Thanks so much for your posts when you can … but it’s more important to take time and slow down … I think how we go through the Christmas season just reflects what we do the rest of the year. Maybe we feel such pressure during this season, because we have not made time the rest of the year for our loved ones … Maybe it’s time to extend Christmas into January, February, March…. and then December won’t be so crazy 🙂
    Much love to you and yours this season and all the other ones too 🙂

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  3. Jessie Williamson

    Sue, these are my feelings, too. I am anxious to see your coming Posts. Sorry to say I am always glad when it is over. People need to remember it is a celebration of The Birth of Jesus. Jessie Williamson

    Sent from my iPad

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  4. Joy Aletheia Stevens

    I have a post scheduled for Friday that is kind of about this. It’s about my resolve to let go of “trappings” this year in an effort to focus on my husband. He’s really busy this year and needs the extra support from me. I’ve been finding that intentionally focusing on him is making the whole season more enjoyable!

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