First, let's try to be present throughout the next couple of weeks - for others when we are at special dinners, during the present opening, or Facetiming with those we can't be with. Put away your phones, unless you are Facetiming of course, focus on those you are spending time with, and enjoy the moments that will soon be a part of last year. Be present for yourself - enjoy a silent night, or just a few silent moments if that is all you have, to reflect on what makes this time of year special. Calm your mind, putting aside the to do list and the household chores, and think upon the intangible aspects of Christmas that always bring a smile to your face. Our presence throughout Christmas time could be the best present we give ourselves and others!
Second, remember what the first present of Christmas was - Jesus. God gave us the only gift we have and ever will need. If everything we own and our ability to give presents away was taken from us, we could still enjoy a most merry and meaningful Christmas knowing that God's gift of Jesus gives the greatest joy and solves our greatest problem.
Third, not only do we need to remember to be fully present this Christmas season, but we also need to feel God's presence with us throughout the holiday season and each and every day of the year. Another present God has given to His children is the Holy Spirit. We are never alone...and that provides us the peace and strength to face each and every day with joy!
I will post tomorrow for Tastē Tuesday and will otherwise be practicing some of my own advice, putting away the computer and being present with my family for the days leading up to and while celebrating Christmas! May you and yours have a blessed week!