One of the most dreaded parts of the holiday season (Thanksgiving until my birthday) is the amount of traffic that is created. I love living in metropolitan areas – but I’d rather do anything than fight busy intersections and crowded shopping malls.
What is it about the holiday season that raises our blood pressure, turns highways into crowded parking lots, and makes doing errands almost unbearable?
Something we DON’T DO: we don’t rest.
We plan too much.
We go too often and too fast.
We don’t take time.
We don’t REST.
This goes not only for our physical activity, but also for our spiritual activity. We seldom take time to enjoy the Christmas season and all that it entails. Even if we go to Christmas Eve services, we are rushed getting in shopping and huge family meals with lots of cooking before and after it. We rush into places that we need to go and never take time to rest and enjoy the holiday season.
I look forward to the days after the holidays when the parking lots of back to normal, the traffic is back to normal, and life can resume a comfortable, full life of friends and cooking and photography and play dates and doing nothing with my Mister.