No, I’m not talking about a drinking hangover. I’m talking about the “let down” many of us feel after Christmas has come and gone. There is so much build up and hype. The TV ads start in October. Decorations are up for months, not weeks. There are so many expectations. “Who do I buy for? How much money do I have to to spend? What will I wear? Can I make it to everyone’s party?”
The “Christmas Hangover” hits me every year. Our church has a big Christmas blowout every December. They invest thousands of dollars to reach people in the community and give those that are seeking the “true” meaning of Christmas far more than they could even fathom. But even being involved in that Christmas program is overwhelming. Maybe even more so. I mean, the truth be told, if I have “less” to do at Christmas I enjoy myself much better. I take very seriously reaching others for Christ. But sometimes I just bite off more than I can chew.
Of course then I get the guilt trip from everyone. “What, you don’t like my family? What do you mean you don’t want to go the three Christmas parties in three days? Where’s your Christmas spirit?”
To be really honest I love Christmas. I just don’t like what it has become. I don’t care for the pressure of fulfilling expectations. I do NOT enjoy running myself in the ground going from place to place. The perfect Christmas to me would be to spend a week with my immediate family just sitting around eating, watching Christmas movies, and relaxing while everyone else in the world is running all around going nuts trying to please everyone.
Christmas is like a fine Kentucky Bourbon (sorry Baptist friends). It must be sipped and savored, not guzzled and spewed. Some things in life are just better that way.
So what happens when it’s over? All of a sudden all the hype, the build up, the running yourself ragged, spending yourself poor comes to an end. All that’s left is the clean up and the bills. The emptiness inside grows as everything goes back to normal for another 9 months (Kind of like having a baby isn’t it?)
Well, I am not going to let that happen to me this year. The following is a list of things that I want to make perfectly clear to all around me this Christmas:
- I will not be traveling anywhere this Christmas ….. period
- I cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts for everyone – children come first
- It is acceptable to watch football or basketball on Christmas
- You can never get a big enough turkey
- There will be a fire pit rally in my backyard over the holidays
- Friends can bring gifts to my house. I also accept cash – make it 10’s & 20’s.
- I will pray at my house at any time I so choose especially during Christmas
- If I just sit and watch everyone, quietly, with a smile on my face I am not drunk or high. I am just ……..at peace.
- I will rough house and play with my grandkids as much as physically possible all day Christmas day. Lack of this ingredient will cause serious consequences to parents of grandkids.
- I will hug everyone who graces my door on Christmas.
So this Christmas I offer you this simple wish – That you may find peace and comfort at a slower pace, and that you avoid the things in your life that bring you down when Christmas is over. Quiet time is good time. And there is no better time for quiet time than Christmas time. See, even my sentence is redundant.
Posted on December 19, 2013, in Reflections and tagged blessing, christ, Christian, christians, Christmas, church, depression, friends, God, Gods Will, Hangover, holy spirit, Hope, Jesus, life, Lord, love, music, Peace, Prayer, spirituality, Suffering, trust, worship. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.