Christmas Stress
By doanair
1/3/2007 11:02:36 AM
I was having a hard time feeling the Christmas spirit up until Christmas Eve day. I had the week before Christmas off from work and my wife and I seemed to spend it working our tails off and going insane. I felt like I was not in the right mood. Although we did some very nice things for a lot of people, I could not be calm and listen to the spirit and feel the importance of the holiday. I just kept fluctuating between some good feelings here and there to stress and feeling overwhelmed.

Then, on Christmas Eve, our bishop got up after the Christmas program and spoke. He asked us if we were too busy to stop and feel the how special this time of year is... He asked if our children saw us stressed out, frazzled and upset or did they see us quiet, contemplative and focused on the Savior. That hit me pretty hard because he seemed to talk right to me. He knew how I was feeling. He knew I had not slowed things down enough to feel the Spirit.

So, after that talk and for the rest of the next two days, I tried and things really changed for me. That night, our little family had a special dinner together and I really felt like I was finally doing what I should have been doing. Christmas Day ended-up being a great day for our family.

Now, I hope I can carry this over to next year some how. Also, I hope I can somehow teach my kids how to let go of the stress and worry and focus on the peace and special nature of Christ's birth.

This whole experience has confirmed to me how well Satan has deceived me into commercialism and worldliness instead of worship, faith and honor to the Savior. The world tells me to glut on things, load up on what's cool and neat and deal with the financial consequences later. The Lord tells me to let go of all that and focus on celebrating the Savior's birth. To make him proud of the way I honor him.


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"I have come to know that thoughts, like water, will stay on course if we make a place for them to go. Otherwise, our thoughts follow the course of least resistance, always seeking the lower levels. Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bible it says, as a man ‘thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 23:7). One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself. As you learn to control your thoughts, you can overcome habits, even degrading personal habits. You can gain courage, conquer fear, and have a happy life. "

— Boyd K. Packer

BYU, Speeches of the Year, 26 Sept. 1967