If you’re still scrambling to get ready for Christmas, why not take a step back, take a deep breath, and give yourself permission to have a merry imperfect Christmas:
You have permission to be tired sometimes, and not up for visiting with every relative and friend on the face of the planet.
You have permission to hide away when you need to. Re-read a favourite book. Take a bath. Dig out some old music and re-enjoy it. Lock your door for an hour or two.
Read the rest of this encouraging post by Stacy Gleddiesmith here.
If you’re struggling and having a Blue Christmas, know that you are not alone:
May joy come to the world, O God, and may we grasp some [corner] of that. We do not pray for joy that is temporary or fleeting, but a joy that runs deep and sustains us even in moments of despair. We seek this joy in a season that can be less than joyful. O God, hear our prayer.
Thank you to Coffee House Contemplative for this Blue Christmas prayer that you can read in its entirety here.
However blue or imperfect your Christmas, may you also know God’s blessing of comfort and joy. Luke 2:10-11:
Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.