4 WAYS TO KEEP “THE GRINCH”

FROM STEALING YOUR CHRISTMAS 

While December should be full of Christmas and New Year joy, many stresses may come like a Grinch robbing us of the pleasures of the season. Long shopping lines, traffic, struggling to find the right gifts, physical and mental exhaustion – these things make the holidays less than pleasant. This is why we need to know 4 Ways to Keep “The Grinch” from Stealing Your Christmas.

 

1.   Keep “the Grinch” from stealing your Christmas by determining in advance to view all the hustle and bustle as a celebration of life.

As CBS news journalist, Eric Sevareid, wrote, “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” In other words, know the reason for the season.

 2.   Keep “the Grinch” from stealing your Christmas by being truly grateful for your family and friends. 

Throughout the year loved ones may have had differences of opinions that negatively impacted our relationships. Christmas is a good time to wipe the slate clean, letting bygones-be-bygones and restoring relationships, especially in family. American writer, William Arthur Ward commented, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” So this Christmas, determine to be sincerely grateful to all.

3.   Keep “the Grinch” from stealing your Christmas by doing random acts of kindness. 

Commit yourself to do a good deed to others, if for no other reason than it makes you feel good. The more you do this, the more joyful will be those acts of kindness. Writer Toni Sorenson says it best, writing, “Christmas is about giving from the heart more than giving from the store.”

4.   Keep “the Grinch” from stealing your Christmas by elevating the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus.

Rejoice in Christ’s most wonderful gift ever given, the holy baby in a manger. Now delight in the wisdom of Corrie Ten Boom who wrote, “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”

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