‘Tis the season for too much to do, too much shopping, spending, dashing, decorating and holiday noshing.  All the trimmings and trappings associated with our Christmas traditions can set a high bar for making yuletide celebrations bright.  It can be exhausting.  Maybe that’s why lots of people, including me, enjoy the simple comfort of snuggling up on the couch to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie.  Watching the characters on TV with their beautiful, immaculately clean homes, perfect wreaths and trees, having fun singing, skating and baking is relaxing compared to trying to do all that ourselves.  The formula for a Hallmark story stays the same—spend time together, have some fun, have a problem, problem is resolved, love wins, all in under 2 hours.  That’s not typically how real life goes.  The solutions to problems don’t come quite so easy or so quickly.  Nonetheless, maybe there is something to be said for sticking to a simple formula—spend time with God, place the focus on what matters most, when facing problems give them over to God, let love win.

  • Our relationship with God creates a foundation to strengthen our connections with others, to spread light.
  • Trimming back to that which is most important allows us to enjoy the moments, the memories and people around us without feeling overwhelmed.  It is okay to say ‘no’ so you can say ‘yes’ to those things that mean the most. 
  • God’s solutions are so much better than what we can bring about when we try to fix things on our own.
  • Always remember that at the heart of Christmas is Love.  Live to love.  Give it away freely and see how it flows and grows.  Love that is pure and true doesn’t need a bunch of trimmings and trappings.  Love itself is simply perfect, the best thing to have too much of.  That great love is what God gives us – unconditionally, uncomplicated, unending.  Amen for that.

God Bless, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

Kerri LeVanseler

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