A fire crackling in the fireplace heats your stockinged feet and the only lights on in the room are the ones wrapped around the tree. Surrounded by loved ones and covered in warm blankets, you fall asleep to your all time favorite Christmas movie as snow flakes drift from the sky.
This is the perfect evening, at least in my mind. But sadly, with all the busyness and distractions we pack our days with, the chances of an evening like this are tremendously small.
Phones constantly buzzing or quacking or chiming, sports practices and games 24/7, drivers ed, band practice, video games, social media addictions-all of these keep us from a quiet and satisfying holiday season. We can barely even hear our own thoughts above the noise around us, let alone enjoy the peaceful and quiet rest that surrounds the Christmas season. Even buying gifts for people, though fun, can create unnecessary stress and hustle and bustle.
Slow down. Take a deep breath in and let it out. Take advantage of the break-it is a gift in itself. For goodness sakes just sit on the couch with a mug of cocoa for 10 minutes doing NOTHING.
Who knows? Maybe a friend or family member will join you and you can laugh and talk as you catch up on “life lately”. Wear some old Christmas sweaters your parents have lying around (the ones with the reindeer noses are always a hit) and dance around the house singing a carol or two and embrace the words “tis the season to be jolly” because they were written for a reason.
And more importantly, rest is also Biblical. Genesis 2:2-3 tells us how God values rest:, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” And John 15:9b says “Abide in my love.”
So spend some time resting and abiding in God’s love and drink in Christmastime and live the “deck the halls” out of it.
Michaela grew up in Germany and now lives in the US. She loves deep conversations with a good friend or two, walking in the forest with her Golden Retriever, and rainy afternoons with a good book/movie and a hot cup of tea in hand. Check out her website for teen girls here.