Christmas traditions can feel like traps to me, silent pressure to assimilate. They seem so appealing from my vantage point outside of other people’s families. Other moms gracefully weave their traditions into meaningful celebrations saturated with spiritual significance. Yet when I tried to engage what other moms successfully did, I ended up feeling captive to my own unmet expectations. I also ended up feeling more conformed to the image of the Grinch rather than to the image of Jesus.
This week most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a huge meal, family time, and football! Maybe you’ll be one to get up at 3 am to shop on “Black Friday”! However you will be spending your holiday week, we here at Beyond Bath Time hope it’s filled with thankfulness!
But it also means we’re one holiday closer to Christmas and for me that means my house will turn red and green!
Last week here at Beyond Bath Time we started a series to help you prep for Christmas! We’re now at under 6 weeks to go!
Don’t you find the more prep you do, for pretty much anything, the less stressful it is! Well, I’d love to see you have a less stressful holiday! I’d love to see you enjoy December, enjoy your family, and actually breath!
Can you believe it’s just over seven weeks till Christmas!?! Does that thought make you panic?
Most of us find the holiday season to be stressful, hectic, overwhelming, not very fun, and down right a lot of work!
Over the next few weeks I’m going to help you get prepared for Christmas! Take my tips, apply them to your situation as you see fit (or maybe not at all), and perhaps you will find yourself less stressful in the weeks to come!
Halloween is the time of year my boys dress up as a Cowboy and Zorro and pose with their weapons pointed at each other, big smiles on their faces, so I can take pictures. Even my daughter, who is in high school still dresses up and goes out with her friends to collect free candy from the neighbors. Then they all come back and sort their loot in the family room. It’s tradition.
We tell our kids that it’s fine to celebrate the good parts about Halloween—the candy and the dressing up and spending time with friends and neighbors. In fact, if we chose to stay inside with the porch lights off, we feel like we’d miss out on connecting with neighbors, since Halloween is one of the only nights of the year that everyone’s outside!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5—For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (ESV)
Imagine an army. A fierce, well-trained force armed with every high-powered weapon known to man. Prepared, ready, and eager to fight…and at your disposal.
It’s not that I have something against friendly old guys with red suits and reindeer. I like his belly laugh and think it’s cute that he has a perpetual twinkle in his eyes. Even so, my husband and I have decided to ban Santa from the Christmas activities at our house. Continue reading →
Just in case you aren’t aware of it, today is Black Friday! “They” say it’s the official start of the Christmas season. I am not sure where “they” came up with that! Christmas decorations have been in some stores since September and for many of us, the crazy holiday season has already kicked in to full gear! Continue reading →
This time every year, I feel a little torn. Fall is hands down my favorite season of the year. I spend ten months longing for cooler temperatures, falling leaves, hayrides and hot apple cider. Oh, and fun-sized Snickers. Lots and lots of fun-sized Snickers. Continue reading →
There’s this store in the mall that I’ve been known to grumble about. It’s dark in there, the music is blaring, and the smell trails behind me when I leave. Plus, it’s selling more than just clothes. When you shop there, you’re bombarded with the not-so-subtle message that buying sexy clothes will get you sexy dates, and sexy dates are really the only thing that matters. Continue reading →
Every year I get a Mother’s Day hangover. No, not that kind of hangover. It’s sweet tea only for me at Mother’s Day brunch. I’m talking about a general feeling of yuckiness, disappointment and let down that leaves me feeling … bleh. Continue reading →