Now that fall is here, I'm already dreading Christmas, although it's still months away. I know I shouldn't feel this way, but it's always such a stressful time. Do you have any suggestions for avoiding this?


I suspect many people will smile as they read your question, because they have the same feelings you do about the holidays. For many, the Christmas season is filled with worry and stress—to say nothing of the expense.

But, of course, it shouldn’t be this way. Christmas should be a time of joy and thankfulness for it celebrates the greatest event in human history: the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. On that night over 2,000 years ago God stepped down from heaven’s glory and took upon Himself our humanity, so we could come to know Him. The Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father” (John 1:14).

How can this Christmas be different for you? First, ask God to help you make Jesus Christ the center of your family’s Christmas this year. Take time each day to read passages in the Bible that tell of His coming … pray as a family together … put special events at your church on your holiday calendar. In addition, ask God to help you be a blessing to someone in need.

Then take practical steps to be more organized this Christmas. Don’t feel you have to do everything; set your priorities and learn to say “no.” Make a budget also (and stick to it), and make lists of the things you need to do. A little organization will help make the holidays less stressful.