It seems everywhere you go in December, people are rushing around in a frenzy to get ready for the Holiday season.  People ask, “Are you ready for Christmas?” I don’t think they are asking about the real meaning of Christmas, meaning instead “do you have your Christmas cards out; is your shopping done yet; are you set for your parties?”

Why are we so busy being busy? You have heard me talk before about the standard work culture these days where individuals boast a badge of honor for working the most hours as if it is a competition. We have taken this so much further and put immense pressure on ourselves. It is no longer just at work where we fall into this trap, but with our personal schedules and the countless activities we sign our kids up for.

I urge you this Christmas season to stop for a moment, and think about the reason for the season. Are you creating space to relish, enjoy and celebrate all of the good gifts you have been given? Clear your schedule of the things that don’t really matter in the long run, and replace them with time for a coffee and conversation with a friend at work, a play date with your kids, a kiss under the mistletoe.

Peace is yours this season, once you make the conscious decision to make the time for it.

Wishing you and yours a joy and peace filled Christmas.

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.