The Ghost of Christmas Past

Twas the day after Christmas

And all through the house

Mama was yelling,

“Hey, clean up this mess!”

 

On the day after Christmas, my girlfriend had a serious holiday hangover…

It's not too late to have a Merry Christmas! Before 2014 gets away, here's a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past. 12/26/2013... "It's over!!! It's over!!! Okay, I can't be the only woman who feels this way. I haven't slowed down or relaxed for over two months!! Being a woman at Christmastime means hopping, wrapping, decorating the whole house, sending out cards, going to all the Christmas parties, hostess gifts, appetizers, baking, etc, etc. All of that on top of working a full time job, plus being out of town 3 of the last 4 weekends, and having company 3 weekends in November. To my amazing friends that actually throw parties this time of year, I tip my hat to you!! It's over!!! It's over!! :)"

Her sweet smile and that cute little emoji make light of a heavy complaint: Christmas can be hard.

Before jingle bells jangle your brain and your wallet cries out for relief, let’s pause and remember the Ghost of Christmas Past – and bring the joy back to Christmas.

  • Before you open gifts, read the story of the one true Gift. Here’s an article that combines all the scripture about Jesus’ birth into one passage.
  • Begin your morning or end your day with a Christmas devotional like this or this or this.
  • Prioritize “presence” over presents. Spend a little less time wrapping inanimate objects and more time chatting with real people. Turn off your phone and keep it in another room. Make eye contact and give others your full attention. Work side by side shopping, baking, wrapping, and preparing. 
  • Do something special with a neighbor. If you’re willing to consider the notion, everything you need to get started is right here – including invitations and a Christmas countdown craft you can do with your family, children, or neighbors.

 

It’s not too late to have a Merry Christmas!

More Christmas Ideas

5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Neighbors

As you’re makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice, don’t forget to add your neighbors!   Here are five simple, powerful, and affordable gifts to share the joy of Christmas with the people living around you. Gifts open doors for natural connections that can lead to...

How to Have Hope at Christmas

We’ve heard the Christmas story a million times, but if we read it with fresh eyes and soft hearts we just might find ourselves in this magical tale. It begins in Israel: When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the...

5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor at Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly! Fa la la la la, la la la la! Or is it the season to be busy? Overwhelmed? Overcommitted? Is it the season for celebrating “God with us,” or complaining about others with us in line at the grocery store and the post office? Planning...

How to Love Your Neighbor at Christmas for Introverts

Celebrate the season in your own special way! Some people have the spiritual gift of hospitality... while others of us provide coffee and then forget the cups and spoons, and we're out of sugar, and then... oops, we made decaf by accident. Others simply prefer...

Merry Christmas… Maybe.

When "There's No Christmas Like a Home Christmas" hit the airwaves in 1950, less than 10% of homes contained only one person. Today, one in four of the homes on your street is occupied by a single person living alone. Twenty-five percent of people say they have no one...

Christmas in the Neighborhood

On that first Christmas morning, in that dingy stable, the King of Kings was born as a helpless baby. John 1:14 says, “…the Word (that is, Jesus) became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the...

Christmas Cookie Brigade!

Christmas it the BEST time of the year to love your neighbor!  Everyone loves to receive Christmas cookies, so why not make some plates for the homes on your street? I've seen God use this simple act in my own neighborhood to impact lives over the course of...

Church Outreach Tools for Christmas

Guest post from Valley Community Baptist Church, Avon, Connecticut   Our church in New England isn't in the heart of the Bible Belt. This area is full of stoic people behind stone walls. Folks in our neighborhoods can even be hostile towards the Gospel. But that...

Christmas Advent Countdown Craft

This simple craft is a fun and festive way to count down the days until Christmas while remembering the real reason we celebrate!   It’s made by removing the glass from an old photo frame, inserting Christmas paper, and gluing on a small clothespin to hold a card...

How to Love Your Neighbor this Christmas

“Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only...

Advent Devotional

In our Bibles, there is one flimsy, thinner-than-paper piece of paper between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In reality, this single page represents 400 years of silence as God withheld Himself from the world… from the end of Malachi in the Old Testament...

Neighborhood Cafe Podcast Christmas Episode

All was not calm, all was not bright in the dingy stable where they slept that first Christmas night. It will be a "Silent Night" in many homes on your street this Christmas because of loneliness. Christmas is the perfect time of year to break the silence and fulfill...

Friends from Far and Near (and Christmas Gift Ideas)

Last weekend [12/2013], I had the joy of spending time with so many incredible people! We dodged snowstorms to come together from all corners of the country, and God's Spirit made us instant friends as only He can do. Today I bought milk that expires after Christmas,...

Let's be neighborly!

Sign up to receive encouragement, tips, and tools for how to love God and love your neighbor (without being weird!) each month.

Thank you!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This