A few years ago, I had an epiphany early—during Advent. My daughter was in middle school, and I wanted to see every basketball game she played and to be sure that we participated in all the activities at our church. At work I faced a growing pile of essays to grade, and as the Christmas season loomed, I hadn’t done any shopping for the perfect gifts for the people I love. Determined to remember peace on earth and in my life, I wanted desperately to participate in the book study at church of Robinson’s and Staeheli’s Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season.
But I didn’t have time to take the class. Continue reading Feeling Stressed This Season?