This is my first Encouragement Sunday Letter. I am writing about the November – December holiday season. I choose preparing for the events, foods, shopping, and gatherings of the holiday season because this has been annual struggle for me.
What I know about pressured or stressful events is to stay ahead of decisions, calendars, and be aware of my tendency to over-think. We balance the right reasons of preparation with the goodness and right reasons of the season, relationships, and the joy found in family, office, or civic gatherings.
A Sunday Letter question or two.
1) What parts of the November – December holiday season do you most enjoy? 2) Is there a part of the holiday season you have not enjoyed fully in the past? How can you change or adjust the event or gathering, including your own attitude, to add your enjoyment with the enjoyment of and with others?
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can be the warmest and best of childhood memories. Each life stage will add new, maybe different and seasonal memories. Whether family and friends are nearby or states away, the holiday season is about the scared, the heritage, and the relationships important to us all.
Both Thanksgiving and Christmas can be opportunities of the sacred. My Encouragement is for me, for us all, to go deeper in our faith, to go broader in our faith to include others, especially those previously excluded from the heritage of the season. So, enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the holiday season.