Rethinking Christmas

Christmas is going to be very different this year for my family. It has meant I need to rethink and refocus my thankfulness around that time of year. Maybe your Christmas is going to be different too. Maybe there will be people missing, or the foods will have to change due to new allergies. Maybe someone is going to have work over the holiday season. Maybe children are growing up and making their own holiday traditions.

I’m trying to refocus my attitude to thankfulness for what is coming ahead of time and I hope it helps you to do the same.

Sometimes we have to rethink and refocus our expectations for Christmas. Our situations change and we have to pivot and adjust. We can choose to be thankful or grumpy.

I love Christmas. I love the celebrations, the decorations, the music, the movies, the food, the drinks (bring on hot chocolate) and, more recently, I love all the things I get to do in local schools around this time of the year. Usually I can’t wait for it all to begin and I am soooooo thankful for all of it.

This year, Christmas is going to be very different for us and I admit to having moments when all I can think about is the negative aspect of those changes.

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I’m busier in my new job this year and won’t be able to bake all the cookies for the cookie trays for the staff at the schools I am involved in. While a lot of work, this has been one of the delights of my Christmas season for over ten years.

Our eldest son just got a job working nights at a fast food place and since public transport is almost non existent around the holidays, will probably need lifts to and from work at ridiculous times of the day (and night) and might not be at home, or awake if he is at home, on Christmas morning.

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Our youngest son has major surgery 9 days before Christmas and will still be on either a liquid or pureed diet on Christmas day. Because of that I won’t be cooking a traditional Christmas roast dinner, as I don’t think it’s fair to eat that in front of him. We can always have it later when he’s healed up.

We might have to skip church on Christmas day depending on how youngest is feeling. And so on . . . . . I’m sure you get the picture.

1 Thessalonians 5:18   New International Version (NIV)
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Have you ever noticed that only says “IN all circumstances.”? It does not say “FOR all circumstances” 

Sometimes I need to remind myself of that.

No time to make the cookie trays? Thank you Father that you are giving other people the opportunity to step up and help out in this way by making the cookies between them.

Stupid o’clock mom’s taxi service? Thank you Father that we have a car to help our son out in this way and that he won’t lose pay by missing out on those shifts. Thank you that that pay moves him closer to passing his driving test and getting his own car.

No eldest son on Christmas morning? Thank you Father that you are giving us an opportunity to rethink the way we DO Christmas as a family ahead of those fast approaching years when our boys will have families of their own.

Youngest being post surgery? I’ll admit this one is harder because I hate that he needs this surgery, I hate what he has gone through in the last 18 months. Thank you Father for the solutions that are coming through this surgery. Thank you for blessing us with a surgeon we all feel comfortable trusting with this. Thank you for the healing that is coming.

Christmas day pureed diet? Thank you Father for the reminder that Christmas is about far more than the food. Thank you for the opportunity to not put on “those extra few pounds over Christmas.”

Are you looking towards the next month with fear and trepidation? Is there a way you can rethink, refocus and recount your blessings?

Please share your thoughts here or on our facebook page, we’d love to hear your stories of how the holiday season is changing for you.

BTW, does anyone have any really good smoothie recipes using Christmas fruits? 

Zoe Gregg

Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.
Zoe Gregg

About Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.

  • My pastor brought out the same discussion on that scripture verse last week. I’m praying for your son’s healing.

    • Zoe Gregg

      Thank you so much Jessie

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