I have always been a morning person, and mornings during
this time of year are my favorites.  I
rise while the darkness still rests outside, light candles, turn on Christmas
lights, brew aromatic French Roast and listen to the quite.  It is this peace, and the assurance family
members are safe in their beds, which fuels me for the day ahead.
Yes, I love this time of year, but it does not shield me or
anyone else from trials.  Life does not
sit still for the holidays and never will. 
When we are told to keep stress at a minimum right how, it is
almost humorous. Don’t tell me…tell all of those other people in my life!  As women, we bare the burdens of all around
us…family, friends, co-workers, neighbors….and sometimes as the craziness
builds like a steam engine on a track…I just want to shout, STOP! That is why the morning is key to
my stability.
What do we do if we truly want to enjoy all the tinsel and holiday bliss, but life tries to halt it?  Here are my

Find a time of day or a place where you discover
quiet and peace.  Make this a priority.
Force yourself to go out and enjoy all of the
hustle and bustle.  I can find great joy
in walking through a mall, listening to the music and watching precious little
ones sit on Santa’s lap.  Sometimes just

placing our circumstances on hold and enjoying the moment will help clear the
Take your eyes off of your own chaos and put
them on someone who needs help.  There
are so many ways to bless others.  Bake
and deliver goodies for the neighbors with a note of thanks and appreciation
for just being your neighbors. 
Unexpected notes of gratitude mean so much to those around us.  Volunteer. 
Get up and get out.
CHOOSE to just focus on your circumstances one
day at a time.  I write this often,
because I believe it is so important. As mothers, grandmothers, and employees, we tend to
worry about what the future holds. This is a waste of time and energy.  Just think about all that is before you this
day. It doesn’t minimize the situation, but it does make it more manageable on our side. 
5.       I has taken me a long time to learn the values
of exercise.  I do not think I would have
handled the stress of the last few weeks well at all had I been in the shape I
was last year.  My continued work out
plan keeps me going and somewhat mentally sound.
I know I said FIVE in the headline, but for those
of you who are like me… women of faith, PRAYER WITHOUT CEASING is key to
walking through times of challenges.  I
am grounded with it.
I watched a morning segment last week about Holiday Stress,
and just shook my head.  They
told me to organize my shopping, plan ahead, take all the arrangements in small
bites, and not have high expectations. 
They said nothing about the stress which can come like a stealth bomber
from work and family, and sometimes both. We cannot manage it, because the
circumstances are created by others.  All
we can do, is manage our responses.  This
is the type of stress which can easily rob our joy and sit us down.
Yes, I am a morning person and a music person.  Though not really a Christmas song, I like
the message delivered inside of the lyrics to Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas!
Maybe she’ll dye her
Maybe she’ll lose some
Maybe she’ll get a
But all in all, she will be just fine.

And so will I.  Deep
down inside, I know I will be just fine….no matter what I face…I choose this day to enjoy…despite all which steams on around me.

What are your ways of coping during the holiday season when
things are not as cheery and bright as you would like them to be?

Have a joyous Saturday everyone!

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