Five Tips for a Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a great Christmas: for the stressed people racing about to chill out and relax, and for people to promote the Gospel message of love your neighbor as yourself. After all, it’s all about the love.

So here are five tips to have a Merry Christmas:

1 Music: Play lots of Christmas music in the house and car.

2 Cheer: When you run into stressed out people in public (shopping or wherever), give them a big smile and wish them a “Merry Christmas.”

3 Take your time: You are where you’re supposed to be. Enjoy being in traffic. Savor your food– each bite– don’t consume it like a vacuum. This is good practice year round.

4 Be thankful for your blessings: As you drink egg nog and eat Christmas dinner, remember the child who doesn’t have access to clean drinking water or is going to bed on an empty stomach. As you go to sleep on Christmas eve, remember those who sleep outside on the cold ground. Give thanks for your blessings and pray that all people will have their basic needs met.

5 Enjoy time with your family: Often, families come from great distances to see each other during the holidays. Some are very close with their loved ones and others have rocky relationships. I am blessed to have a close relationship with my family. But for those that find it difficult to be around certain relatives, try to remember to accept people as they are. Each person is responsible for changing him or herself; you are not responsible for changing your sister, mother, brother, father, uncle, grandma, or cousin. Accept the eccentricities or quirks of other people with a shrug of the shoulders, smile, and say, “hey, that’s the way he or she is.”

La vie est belle, profitez de chaque moment

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