joy of christmas

How to Reclaim the Joy of Christmas

“Are you excited for Christmas?”

I ducked my head, suddenly interested in the specks at the bottom of my mug of passion fruit tea.

As the silence drew long, I finally met her gaze. No use hiding, I thought to myself.

“Not really,” I admitted.

Her eyebrows shot up, but her eyes softened. “Why is that?” she asked.

I took a deep breath and let the memories wash over me.

Raised voices as we rolled the dough…

Thick tension as we hung the tinsel…

Sharp words as we drove to Christmas service…


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Can you relate? Are there aspects of your Christmas season, family gatherings, or traditions that you’d rather avoid and not endure?

Of course most of us would agree that Christmas is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year” as we reflect on the coming of our Savior — but what do we do when it’s not so wonderful?

Join me over at (in)courage as I share some practical ideas for reclaiming the joy of Christmas. 


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