Christmas Lessons 

It’s only a few more days until Christmas. Are you ready? Christmas feast all planned? Gifts purchased and wrapped? How about the Christmas decorations? Are you hearing Christmas carols in your sleep? Is your to-do list growing?  

Been there.  

Here are a few lessons I’ve learned that may help your harried self. 

Lesson #1 -You cannot do it all.  I know that isn’t what you been told your whole life.   Delegate. Delegate even if it isn’t done like you would do it.  Less on the to do list makes a happier you. Give to others not only gifts but expectations and responsibilities.  

The Little Red Hen, by Golden Books, is an old folk story about the Little Red Hen who tried to get a pig, a cat and a frog to help make bread. At every step, they refused to help until the bread was done. The Hen employed wisdom from the bible when the pig, the cat and frog wanted to eat the bread. 

The NLTB 2 Thessalonians 3:10b says, “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” The very clever Little Red Hen didn’t feed those who would not help. It is a great lesson to teach your family – the virtue of work ethic and personal initiative especially in this season that is often fraught with consumption. 

Lesson #2Your mom didn’t think you would do everything just like her either but eventually she learned to trust you. Give the next generation opportunities to learn your holiday traditions like cleaning house for Jesus’ birthday, being pleasant to seventy-nine-year-old Auntie Nellie (even when she takes her teeth out) or taking turns entertaining the rowdy, younger cousins. 

We are not born knowing our traditions. They are taught and then caught by the next generation. Traditions can be wonderfully fluid to fit your family’s needs. 

Lesson #3 -The same meal you planned, cooked, and fretted with for hours . . .  your family will lickety-split devour it. Soon you will be left with the turkey carcass and empty bowls. In all corners of your home their happy selves will be stuffed with the Christmas feast and enjoying their new gifts. 

Even if Christmas is the only time you cook a huge meal, and you don’t cook the rest of the year, keep it simple.  Invite everyone into the planning and the kitchen during Christmas. 

Your family and friends cherish times with you more than your blue-ribbon-homemade biscuits.  Store bought buns are quite delicious too.   

Lesson #4Slow down. Take time to make memories. 

Make the most of today and put away your list. Spending time with those you love and need you is worth more than gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

Christmas isn’t about meals, gifts, events or shopping. It is the one time of the year; the whole world slows down and shares in the celebration of the baby Jesus. Wouldn’t it be grand if we all lived like Christmas, experiencing the peace, joy and love of the Savior, every day of the year?  

My Advice:  

I have more lessons to reveal but I am taking my own advice and keeping it simple. May you be blessed with love, peace and joy! 

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