Christmas Issues

A moment of personal confession – I have the worst diet possible!  I eat out too much and I generally don’t pick the healthy options when given the opportunity.  I love food and when given the chance will pick what sounds good over what is good for me.

When my daughter was a little girl all she would eat was chicken nuggets.  We used to tease her that she was going to turn into one some day.  I am afraid that my teammates are going to say that about me.  I don’t like chicken nuggets but I do like Chick-fil-A sandwiches!  In my mind they are the best thing served on a bun.  Of course it isn’t exactly the healthiest option available – there isn’t anything green or leafy about a fried chicken breast on a bun.  I like to pretend that by using light mayonnaise then it isn’t as unhealthy as it could be.  Needless to say I was at one of the restaurants fairly recently and I noticed the outside of the bag.  On one side it has “bright ideas for a Merrier Christmas.”  In case you haven’t seen these I thought I would share them with you.

1)  Stress less – avoid long lines and last-minute shopping.  Purchase gifts for friends and family throughout the year and store them until the holidays have arrived.  (MY NOTE:  I  have to remember where I put them for this to work…)

2)  Go small – if you have a choice between big plates and small plates at buffet tables, go small.  You’ll be more likely to fill your plate with smaller samples of food.  (MY NOTE:  In theory this sounds good but to a foody this means multiple trips to the buffet and that’s too much work.)

3)  Help out – a great way to enjoy the holidays is to make someone else’s holiday.  Find a family in need and give them a gift or help them do a project for their home.  (MY NOTE:  Will there be food?)

4)  Make lists – there’s a lot to remember around the holidays.  Avoid getting overwhelmed by making to-do lists prioritized by importance.  Bonus – you won’t forget a thing.  (MY NOTE:  Oh, so this is how I remember where I stored the gifts I’ve been buying all year-long – but how do I remember where the list is?)

5)  Half it – holiday desserts are everywhere.  Don’t feel obligated to take a large piece of dessert even if it’s already sliced.  Cut it in half and enjoy a smaller portion.  (MY NOTE:  Uh…NO!  My favorite food is dessert – no skimping there!)

Actually their list is very helpful and it is good sound advice.  My notes are meant to be tongue in cheek fun.  I really will try to take some of their suggestions and put them into practice.  However I will say that I believe they missed one so here is my addendum.

6)  Don’t procrastinate – if you think of it today then make a plan to do it today.  So often our holiday anxiety is more due to our procrastination that it is anything else.  So try to be more proactive by getting things done when you think of them.  (MY NOTE:  I’m good at giving advice but not good at taking my own advice!)

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time – I hope Chick-fil-A’s bright ideas for a Merrier Christmas are helpful.  Otherwise, like me, you will probably have your own Christmas issues.

I pray you experience the hope of the season instead of the hope that it end soon.

I pray you experience the joy of the season instead of the stress of deadlines and unrealistic expectations.

I pray you experience the peace of the season instead of the turmoil of endless lists and events.

I pray you experience the love of the season instead of hurt and let down.

Actually I truly hope that you have a blessed Christmas journey that has few if any issues at all.

From my family to yours – blessings for the Christmas journey.

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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One Response to Christmas Issues

  1. John Grumbles says:

    Jim: You are making my week with these posts! Eat 1/2 of the deserts? Absolutely no way! Looking forward to Sunday!
    Peace to you my friend,
    Susie and John

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