BeingThankful During the Christmas Season

Keeping the thankful spirit during the Christmas season is hard for many. The added stress from spending extra money on top of the already mountain of stress from everyday life with marriage, work, and bills; it can be mind boggling. When we focus on the real reason there is Christmas we can become a little more at ease. Without Christ there would be no Christmas, there would be no reason to celebrate.


 4 Tips to Being Thankful During the Christmas Season.


4 Tips to Help Stay Thankful During the Christmas Season

Turn off the TV – many commercials are aimed at children. The makers and advertising companies know when a commercial is seen by a child they are going to ask repeatedly for something until a parent gives in.

Be upfront and truthful – there is nothing wrong with children knowing there’s a limit to Christmas spending. Children need to learn at an early age that money doesn’t go that far when they are writing a wish list.

Focus on the elderly – whether they are church members, family members or strangers there are many shut-ins and nursing homes full of elderly people just wanting someone to reach out and care for them. Preparing little goody bags with lotion, Chap Stick, mints, and tissues will bring a spirit of thankfulness during the season of giving. While you think you may be blessing someone else, don’t be surprised when you are blessed by just holding a hand and listening to someone.

Help a needy family – your local church and schools know of families who are truly in need. You may even know of a family who you could bless this season.  When I was teaching school, several classes adopted a family. My 5th grade class along with the 6th grade class went in together and bought presents for a young man their age. Watching the excitement on those students’ faces when they brought in money and items was amazing. They knew there were others not as well off as they were but actually doing something about it blessed those kids more than anything I had seen at that time.

The Christmas season is not easy, but it can be easier if we keep our focus on the real reason – Jesus Christ!


 4 Tips to Being Thankful During the Christmas Season.

12 comments

  1. Awwww, thank you so much, Lori! What a lovely surprise this morning! :) I hopped over to link up and saw your sweet shout-out. How nice of you! I love your tie in this post between the emphasis on gratitude at Thanksgiving and the importance on continuing that during the Christmas season. Thank you for being such a gracious hostess! :)

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  2. I so enjoy all the fun things we can do for others during this season. It truly is when I start thinking about "I need to buy this gift or that" when I start feeling anxious (when I take my eyes off Jesus and look at my circumstances). I appreciate these ideas you've listed here.

    I haven't been able to link up today. Something is wrong either with my browser or this linky (as I haven't had trouble anywhere else, I'm leaning toward the linky). I've sent them a message to alert them to the problem.

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  3. Hey Lori, I love all these heartfelt tips! I absolutely love Christmas time and the joy I receive from giving/helping others! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. For some reason, I m unable to leave a link to part 3 of 4 in my prayer series. Have a fabulous holiday season my friend. God bless you and yours!
    http://pleasingtothepotter.com/how-to-be-sure-god-hears-your-prayers/

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  4. I determined this week to not worry about gift buying/making. It will get done when it's done. As for the linky tool, I believe it is on their end since I can't get into my account or contact them. Thanks for letting me know.

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  5. You're welcome, Elizabeth. Happiness, contentment, and thankfulness all goes together; they are all three needed to help get through the holidays. I hope you have a great day.

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  6. Horace, we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope you did too. Christmas is my favorite time of year, I enjoy giving and helping others also. The blessings from doing both are amazing. The linky tool is having problems again.I've contacted him and hopefully it will be fixed soon. Thanks for mentioning it.

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  7. Hi friend! These are great suggestions. Jesus is such an incredible reason for celebration, we do need to keep our focus on Him and the things of Him to keep our joy alive :-)
    Hugs,
    Lori

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  8. Thanks Lori.may we all have a Happy Christmas! love you.

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  9. You're welcome! Keeping the focus on Christ will help keep the happiness.

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  10. Thank you, Lori. I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

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  11. Lori,

    Good Morning, I found you on Christian Linkups FB page, so I though I would "hop" over! Thanks for hosting! December blessings!

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  12. Hi, Donna! I'm so glad you found us over here. Thanks for leaving a comment and linking up.

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