If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re going through either or both of the following: preparing for the Christmas festivities or worried because you may not be able to see your loved ones this year because of the pandemic.
Well, my friend, let me tell you that in B.C., Canada, we aren’t allowed to see anyone other than our immediate family (unless we are taking care of other family members) until January 3rd. Last week, I remember writing on a friend’s Instagram post that I wished I could see my family this year for Christmas, especially because this will be my son’s first Christmas. What a blow, right?
I spent the day dwelling on this until I realized that it was doing me no good and that I was starting to turn into the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” On a side note, that movie is AWESOME!!!!!
As I was sitting in front of the Christmas tree, I watched my son play with a the ornaments on it and realized that I had to snap out of it. I had a moment of clarification – an AHA MOMENT!
Christmas, whether you are a Christian or not, is not meant for us to run around, but a time for us to be calm and to focus on LOVE.
Being a Catholic, my focus in on Jesus’ birth and his ultimate sacrifice as a sign of love… BUT…. What about the rest of it?
There’s so much more to love. This year, I was given the ultimate gift of love: my baby. Let’s be honest, we struggled to conceive because we were unable to sit in stillness. It wasn’t until we decided to really learn how to be with ourselves that we were we able to enjoy receiving this gift.
Is that it? No! My family and friends, showered me with love after I gave birth because I was struggling with postpartum anxiety, and so much more.
THIS IS WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT: Calm and Love!
So my friends, instead of rushing around or worrying about who you will be spending Christmas with, I am asking you to take a moment to think about all of the blessings you have received this year – really dig deep.
You may be asking yourself, why is she asking me to reflect on this? When we learn to take a moment sit in stillness and focus on positivity, more positive energy comes to us. This will enable you to end this difficult year on an optimistic note and start the next one in the same way.
If you need some help, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! At the bottom of this post, I have a FREE reflection guide to help you get started.
If you’re worried about not seeing your family this Christmas, remember, we have the ability to Skype, FaceTime, Whatsapp, etc. Why not have a virtual family lunch. It’s not the same thing, but you can see each other and laugh like there’s no tomorrow.
Before you leave this post, please take a moment to be by yourself and either type in the comments below or download your reflection guide and reflect on the blessings in your life. Even though this will be paid product in my store , it’s absolutely FREE for you because you’ve taken the time to read this post and I can’t wait for you to get started. I bet you there’s at least one blessing in your life, if not so much more.
If you are a parent or a teacher who works with teenagers or preteens, why not take a moment to reflect with them as well?
Grab your Christmas reflection journal, “Between Calm & Love: A Christmas Reflection Journal” by clicking the following image.
You, my friend, are a blessing and the fact that you are reading this post, makes you one in my life.
If this leads you on to a more in-depth Christmas or Winter reflection, please feel free to check out some additional items to guide you on your journey. Although I have posted only a few images at the end of this post, I have something for different age groups from preschool aged children to adults. There’s also journals for Christians and for those who are happily swept up in this season.
Thank you for stopping by and Merry Christmas in advance.