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Christmas Hard Time Of Year

I've been sick for a long time, it's very hard to shop, cook, clean etc. and get ready for Christmas. I remember my grandmothers joy at buying gifts and preparing for all of us, I prayed God will give me Grandmothers zeal for Christmas. Do you have a method to be overcomers at this time of year?

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 ---Darlene_1 on 12/21/07
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Thanks all. Husband does hard cleaning,he got sick,I called daughter said we couldn't have gifts exchange at our house,she said"Mom at your ages you and Dad shouldn't have to do anything,we'll have the tree at my house",she already has Christmas Dinner. Went shopping,prayed for handicapped parking spot,and for electric cart,got both,got all but 3 gifts. Cashier left out gift I paid for,I had to go back next morning,God did it all again,plus I found 3 gifts,I was done.Husband well, & cooked!
---Darlene_1 on 12/27/07

Continued,I give God the glory and praise Him for having everything in control even though I couldn't see it through my pain. It's so true it's hard to let go of old habits,I have been cooking for 52 years for Christmas and although I love to,I must stay within my limitations. God also made me get through the shopping without bad pain and I was also able to make pecan pies. God helped me get through Christmas with happiness and joy,better than I have done in years. God Bless you all,Happy New Year.
---Darlene_1 on 12/27/07

Nobody says you have to personally do the Christmas tasks yourself.

Cater the Christmas dinner (or at least the main course), and don't be afraid to use frozen foods and mixes.

Can't put up the tree yourself? Have a tree-trimming party. Potluck if necessary.

And remember, online shopping is your friend.
---Nancy on 12/23/07

We can spend time with our family and friends. We can share our Christmas with the homeless and those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This is what we plan to do at my house. We put inexpensive gifts under our tree along with other gifts for family and friends. This fills our hearts with more joy than I can explain to be able to share our Christmas with the less fortunate.
---Robyn on 12/22/07

Darlene I am so sorry to hear that you have been ill for some time and trust that you will soon be better. My suggestion for Christmas is to do only that which is absolutely necessary. No-one should expect any more of you and if they want more they should be 'doing the doing' and not sitting watching whilst you do it all. I have done far less, this last 3 years, than I used to do for the same reasons and feel that people enjoyed it just the same.
---RitaH on 12/22/07

CHRIST-mas can be a very stressful, and depressing time for a lot of people. The ONLY sure way to overcome this is through prayer and reading the Holy Bible. God IS the ONLY one who can help you overcome. Keep your eyes on CHRIST first.
---Leslie on 12/22/07

Looking back I can say that none of these type of things seems to last too long. My prayer for you is that you have faith to go through this time with the hope and assurance that next year will be better again.
---john on 12/22/07

It can be difficult to find joy at this time of year, especially if one has childhood memories with pain, as I do. But, I try to focus on the things worthy of praise, like my granddaughter coming to visit this year.
---Trish9863 on 12/21/07

I have a lot of things that could get me down this time of year if I allowed myself to dwell on those things. There's no life in that. The words of Christ light the way.

Luke 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
Luke 14:14 And thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
---scripture on 12/21/07

When the tempestuous headwinds arise, ships have a hard time making headway.
Go with the flow and "let her drive".
It's better to let the "storm" carry you rather than wearing yourself out.

Give yourself permission to relax, Darlene.
---Michelle on 12/21/07

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