A Better Holiday

Christian living, inspiration, Living in Grace Comments: 27

Christmas reindeer with fun gifts. Vector illustration

Have you ever had the thought that you’d like this Christmas to be a better holiday? You know–none of the drama or exhaustion or credit card bills? I know exactly what you mean. So today I thought I’d share my top 7 ways to have a better holiday.

  1. Rest. If you’re tired, take a 20 minute nap. If you didn’t sleep well the night before, go to bed early. Especially during the holidays, it’s important to get the amount of sleep you need.
  2. Eat. Too often we grab a granola bar or worse yet, fast food. Take the time to eat right during the holidays and ease up on the sweets–a cookie or two is okay. A dozen will probably make you feel bad.
  3. Relax. Remember to breath and relax. Worried about whether you bought the right gift? Don’t. Frustrated when dinner isn’t perfect? It’s okay. Take a few deep breaths and relax.
  4. Laugh. The holidays really do produce a lot of tension. Watch a cartoon. Pick up a funny book. Check out a Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund video.
  5. Take a walk. Even if it’s only a short walk around the block, a walk can help to put things in perspective.
  6. Give someone a break. Don’t honk at that car that is slow. Smile at the waitress even if she messes up your order. Give family members a pass if they’re late for dinner or forget to call. We’re all dealing with a lot of stuff during the holiday season, so give someone a break.
  7. Read the Christmas story. Want to get back in touch with the real meaning of Christmas? Try reading about Christ’s birth. You can find it in Luke 1:26-38, or you can read it on-line here.

What about it? Do you have a tip for a better holiday? If so, please leave a comment. I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you an autographed paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Deb S.



Announcements for this week:

  • NEW RELEASES. Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are two new clean romantic suspense novels–available now in print and ebook in the Kindle store. Details here.
  • Giveaway. I’ll have my new Rafflecopter up within the next week. I’m planning some fun things to give away in 2018. Check back at my webpage for details.
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27 thoughts on “A Better Holiday

  1. Kay Bennett

    I love these. I think the biggest thing is that people are too worried about getting this and that done and fail to enjoy the reason for the season and all the joy and love that comes with it. My advise would be to stop, look, listen and feel. Thanks

  2. Andrea B. Brooks

    I was thinking about a tip after I read your email.. but I am thinking it may or many not be a tip, but I would like to share something with others. My idea is to be someone’s angel and bless them without the person(s) even knowing what you did and the reason(s) behind it.

  3. Mary Lou Hazelrigg

    Love all the comments so far. Give smiles to everyone, you never know when it may make a huge difference in someone’s day. Thanks for all the new and upcoming books.

  4. Debbie Earls

    My way to unwind not just during the holidays, but all year round, is to read before I go to sleep at night. It helps me relax & unwind. Merry Christmas!

  5. Linda Tollefson

    very nice merrychristmas take time with family for christmas and go to church our pastorwas here theother wished merry christmas wanred ri know how my husband after his surgery in november doingvery good

  6. Linda McFarland

    Your tips are great! The best thing is to not overthink the gift-giving. Keep it simple. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  7. Carlaine Bovio

    Thank you and they are definitely sound advice. I like the part of NO DRAMA, we seem to have a lot of that this time of year.

  8. Marilyn R

    Great tips and many I use already. Another tip is shop early to avoid the crowds with your list and stick to it. Send out cards early in the month instead of feeling the pressure of getting them out the week before Christmas.

  9. Netta Dudley

    Revive an old family tradition of yours that has slipped by the wayside, like taking a ride with family or friends to look at decorations and lights while singing to a Christmas radio station or a Christmas CD.

  10. Shelia Dossey

    I’m checking out Crusoe the celebrity dachshund right now. We always read the Christmas story. Thank you for the tips. Merry Christmas

  11. Linda Goad

    Our church is encouraging all the dads to read the Christmas story to their family. We don’t have to have little ones at home to do this. We are never too old to enjoy this tradition.

  12. Peggy

    I simplified things this year.Small tree this year ( Ornaments Already Off Lol) –the grandkids . Cookies Baked. Alot Eaten Already. Im Making A List Of Things I Saw That If They Are Still There After Christmas I Can Get On Clearance Since I Am On A Fixed Budget.family Time Will Be The Most Enjoyable For Me( Husband And 2 Sisters Passed )So I Am Enjoying Chikdren And Grandkuds

  13. Shirley Blanchard

    Take tie for the Lord, be a Mary not a Martha we dont have to fix enough food for a army we dont need the house spotless take time to enjoy family friends food and gifts but most of all take time to give thanks to God

  14. Linda

    I don’t worry about the small stuff. If I forget something for dinner, well it wasn’t meant to be on the table. I ask for help preparing the Christmas dinner, if I need it.

  15. Carolyn Hutson

    Be all present all the time. Don’t be so distracted that you forget to enjoy the little moments! Cuddle up and watch a heartwarming or funny Christmas movie! Focus on what’s really important and don’t forget the reason we celebrate the birth of a KING!!

  16. Patricia Bond

    I just love your tips for a better holiday Don’t stress yourself out trying to please everyone on your Christmas list and you don’t have to “buy” someone a present those simple presents from the “heart” and handmade are sometimes more appreciated than something you have to run to and fro to try to find in a store MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  17. Diane Buie

    Great ideas to enjoy a better holiday! thanks for writing them! You are right, #4 we can do right now! :) I don’t think I can add anything to your list as it seems so complete already! The only thing I could think of would be to listen to encouraging music and/or take a bubble bath! :) May God bless you Christmas with the better things!

  18. Aileen Burke

    I needed this: especially #4 and #7. It is a tough year, and I keep waiting to “feel” Christmas, when I’m struggling with so much in my family. I’m too much like the Grinch, and not enough like Christ right now. Attitude adjustment in progress!