Looking Beyond The Holiday Madness

There are only seventeen days until Christmas folks. How are you holding up? Working in the retail industry, I see first hand how the holidays affect people. At the beginning of December people saunter through the store. They’re calm and collected. They choose gifts carefully, and thoughtfully. And, then December 20th comes. That’s when things start to get a little bit crazy. People rush through the store like it’s a marathon. They’re frantic. Sometimes, I wonder if they even know what they bought or whom it’s for.

Ahhh, the holidays.

We’ve all had our moments of madness and every single year we look back and say “next year, I’m going to be more prepared”. Well, not to be a Debby downer, but I’m going to say it. Let’s not kid ourselves. Having tried so many ways to stay ahead of the holiday game, I’ve learned that the “rush” is inevitable. That said, it doesn’t define the season.

While I’ll never give up on the mad dash to get the cards out the doors, the presents under tree, and the food on the table, there’s a lot more to it. For me Christmas is a celebration of my faith, and the birth of baby Jesus. It’s an opportunity for me to enjoy some down time with my family and catch up on sleep {wink}. It’s a nice pause to reflect, appreciate recent accomplishments, and count my blessings.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

We’ve got seventeen days to go everyone! It’ll be great. If it starts to get a little hectic just take a deep breath. In that moment, remember it’s not about fancy bows, perfectly decorated cookies, and having the most beautiful tree. In that moment, step away from your task list and go do something that will remind you what Christmas is really all about.

For our family the best way to reconnect is always a visit to our church, New Life Chapel. They’re offering a variety of services on December 23rd and December 24th. All are welcome, and we would love to have you there to celebrate with us!

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I hope to see you all soon, whether that’s at Yelton Fine Jewelers, around town, or at church. If there is anything I can do to help your holiday season go a little bit smoother, don’t hesitate to give me a shout. Xo.

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