Last year, I started the Christmas season with great enthusiasm and declared this would be the best Christmas ever. I decided I would decorate my home from top to bottom, make twenty different kinds of cookies and have all of the gifts bought, wrapped and stored under the tree at least two weeks before Christmas.
About a week into the season, I found myself overwhelmed with these unrealistic intentions. My to-do list grew each day with last minute trips to crowded stores and preparing food for family gatherings. As Christmas day came closer, I started to panic. Will all of the gifts be bought in time? Will I have time to make all of those cookies? When will my husband bring the tree from the attic? What if my sister doesn’t like the gift I bought for her?
This time of the year is supposed to be a festive celebration in preparing and celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. So why do I always feel stressed, tired and overwhelmed? Do you feel this way too? Are your good intentions for celebrating the season buried among stress?