Take a Break!

13 Dec

Reindeer on StarbucksTumblerRudolph asked Santa, “Why are Dasher and Dancer always taking coffee breaks.”

Santa replied, “Because they are my Star bucks.” *

~ anonymous

I used to love the days when my boys were on Christmas break. It meant lots of fun activities together, and in our house, lots of ball games to attend with winter tournaments.

But then, we got so crazy busy  with the decorating and parties and shopping and you name it … and soon I was ready for a break from Christmas break! Know what I mean? I mean, when you start singing McDonald’s “You deserve a break today (at McDonald’s),” you know you need to stop and rest.

Resting at Christmas is like recharging batteries, and there are a number of ways to do that. Here’s my “Take a Break” list, with ideas for short or long breaks:

  • Sip something warm (coffee, tea, cider, hot chocolate) as you take a few minutes to thank God for your warm home.
  • Relax with gentle Christmas music. (Save the peppier stuff for when you’re vacuuming!)
  • Sit my the fireplace and dream a little … or light a candle!
  • Soak in a warm bubble bath.
  • Meditate on the lyrics to an old Christmas hymn or carol. (Here’s an index of Carols.)
  • Phone a friend and “visit” while laundry is in the dryer.
  • Walk down the street slowly, and pray for your neighbors.
  • Bake cookies (only if that relaxes you).
  • Watch an old Christmas movie, or a funny (clean) sitcom.
  • Sing Amy Grant’s song, “I Need a Silent Night.”
  • Get a massage.
  • Drink a tall glass of water. (We tend to get dehydrated in winter.)
  • Take a nap. (The Lord gives His beloved ones sleep ~ Psalm 127:2)
  • Draw, paint, or carve something beautiful to commemorate Christ’s coming.
  • If you’ve lost a love one recently, take time to grieve ~ whenever necessary.
  • Go for a drive and look at Christmas lights or decorations.
  • Journal your thoughts or memories.
  • Pray, and thank God for all that you receive in life from His presence (power, provision, peace, etc.)
  • Look inward and adjust your perspective, if needed, to be sure your thoughts include compassion, peace, forgiveness, and grace.
  • Simplify something that’s stressing you out.
  • Laugh ~ at  clean humor & jokes ~ with your spouse or children, at yourself.

I sometimes wear a special ring during the holidays. Whenever I see it, I stop, breathe deeply, and focus on “the next thing.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed during the holidays. We need to see everything in bite-sized chunks. Don’t expect to have a “perfect” Christmas. (What is that, anyway?) If you do only two things this Christmas, glorify God (I Cor. 10:31) and enjoy Him alone and with your family.**

We all need to “take a break” before we break down in some area of life during these hectic days. What do you do to relax during the holidays?

* Starbuck Tumbler available here: http://www.shoppingnexus.com/gifts-and-flowers/pr/detail/12826465-starbucks-store-starbucks-coffee-12-oz.html

** Note: We can enjoy the Lord when we know, fear (reverence/honor), obey, and worship/praise Him.

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