“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” It seems that the only time for stillness is sleeping, and many of us are not doing much of that lately! As I’m writing this entry, I am looking out of my office window at the first snow to fall confirming the start of the holiday season.

Of course the political ads have been replaced with retailer ads confirming the start of the season too. As if life isn’t busy enough, the holidays kick off a seemingly endless to do list of activities. In almost a blink of an eye, December will be over and the new year will be upon us with the promise of New Year’s resolutions to lift our spirits…. for a while. Before you heed the starting gun to race into December and focus on the countdown to Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa – stop – and be still.

Don’t allow busyness to steal your joy. If you have never practiced meditation before, this is a perfect time to start to not only relieve stress but to focus on the reason for the season.

Each year I let the holiday season steal my joy. Not this year! I’m blogging every day with a new Christmas idea to celebrate the season. Please join me at my new website dedicated to meditation, prayer and contemplative practices at http://guidedchristianmeditation.com/blog

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