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We probably need to face the fact that Christmas may look a little different in 2020. Which is why I think it's providential that I came across this article from 2015 as I pondered what more to share for Christmas in July. It's titled When Your Holidays Need Another Look and is written by Mary Carver. The author begins with a story about when she got corrective lenses for the first time and realized that the way she'd been seeing the world was not the way it really looked. She says, "If you begin feeling anxious or sad or bitter when you see the holidays coming, I’d like to encourage you this year to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and then take another look."
I'm not going to quote the entire article here, because I want you to read it. But Carver gives us some things to look for:
* Look for a reality check
* Look for someone to help
* Look for the blessings
* Look for a new tradition
All of these are so helpful! Please do go on over and read the article in its entirety. Pin it or save it in some other fashion to reread as the holiday draws closer. I will leave you with just one more quote:
"If the holidays are hard for you this year, look for the blessings. Start with the small things and count them. Even if it feels insincere, thank God for another day, for breath in your lungs, for a promise He’s made that you’re still holding onto, for that one person who cares, for the lights or song that makes you smile, just a little bit, even if through tears. Look for the blessings that are still there, even when the holidays are hard."
I hope this is a blessing to someone today or during this 2020 Christmas season!